Altenew Academy Magical Markers course

Happy Friday everyone! It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Ulm with temperatures up to 18℃, woohoo! Before I go out to enjoy the beautiful day, I wanted to share a card I made for my last class in level two of Altenew Academy’s certification course. The class is called “Magical Markers” and I left it to the last as I’m not very good with markers…

I don’t have any Altenew Artist markers, but I have a huge stock of Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers I got 2 years ago so I used them instead. I applied the techniques I learnt from the talented Sara Naumann during the course, and it worked really well with my markers too. Firstly I have to say how nice it was to see her use accessories I can easily find in Germany. Not being in the US, I often have to look for a European equivalent which sometimes I can’t find or do not give the same results.

Majestic blooms prducts

Anyway, back to my card, I got the inspiration for the layout from Laura Jane’s card in the student gallery of this course. I used her idea of masking my flowers and using a stencil for the background. I stamped my flower & leaves from Altenew’s Majestic Bloom stamp set, with dye inks from Altenew, on Spectrum Noir special alcohol markers paper.  Using my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers BT1, BT5 and BT7, I first coloured in with the lightest colour, followed by the medium shade and lastly the darkest to accentuate. Following Sara’s advice, I went over everything with the lightest shade (BT1) again to help blend everything smoothly and not have too obvious stroke marks.


I used the same technique with the leaves and once I was happy with the colouring, I masked the flower and leaves and taped a stencil I made from Altenew’s Layered Floral Cover die A over it. I looked online for a colour palette, to see which colours would go with the colours of my flower and leaves, and I chose to sponge in Victorian Velvet Distress ink. I’m in a splatter craze at the moment so this card didn’t escape this! A huge blob of paint did fall on my card but I didn’t panic and just covered it with a little bauble!


As I am planning to send this card to Altenew’s Parents card drive for those parents in old folks homes, I chose to stamp a sentiment from Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus stamp set. I didn’t have a coloured card base that went with my card, I decided to use a tip from the course and coloured the edges of my card with the same marker I used for the flower!

Well, I hope you liked my card and that you won’t be afraid, like me, to use your alcohol markers now. I would love to hear your thoughts on alcohol markers! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

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I’m also sharing this with:

Yes VirginiaYes Virginia’s Show and Share

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stampers Take it Make it challenge – Anything Goes

color crazyColor Crazy craft challenge – Anything Goes

Southern GirlsSouthern Girls challenge – Someone special


7 thoughts on “Altenew Academy Magical Markers course

  1. Absolutely wunderbar! Love the depth of your stamping and added background! The masking and use of dies (as stencils) are superb! Congrats on being spotted by Altenew! YAY! You are so on the roll and I love that you are keeping the momentum going! So glad that you join the fun with my “Show & Share”! WONDERFUL! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

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  2. WOW! This is stunning. Beautiful colouring and /I love the delicate stecniling in the background. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

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  3. Gorgeous card Gwendolyn!
    Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in the AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

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