Saturday, April 28, 2018

Testing some Alcohol Markers

I've made the decision not to invest in Copic markers because of their price, so I am always on the lookout for alcohol markers at something more reasonable   I recently ordered 2 sets of alcohol-based markers,  Altenew greens and Nuvo Palma Violets,  to see what I could do with them.  Here's my first play with them, using an old favorite butterfly woodblock stamp.

Artist's Butterfly

supplies: white, Green Apple, and a denim card stock, Hero Arts Artists' Butterfly, Simon's Leaves Background and sentiment from Beautiful Day, Nuvo Palma Violets Collection, Altenew Green Fields set, Spellbinder's Scalloped Circle die

I thought the plain blue card needed something, so I clear embossed the leaf background on them, and I like the extra interest it adds.   I cut a scalloped circle from it and mounted it over the butterfly panel. 

I am far from an expert, but I actually think the $5.99 Nuvo set blends a bit better than the $15.99 Altenew set!  But the greens in this set are my favorites, so I'm still pleased with my purchase of them.  And these Palma Violets are exactly what I was hoping for: periwinkle blue/lavender shades!  I now plan to buy some more of the Nuvo sets.  Have any of you any history or tips with either of these brands that you'd like to share?

5 comments:

  1. Lovely card Lin. I started collecting the copics 8 years ago. I don't have the whole set and never will. I've played with spectrum noir, and colorit markers and what sells me on the copics - I love that brush tip. I don't care for the bullet tips. I haven't played with either of the brands you mention.

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  2. This is beautiful, love the colors!

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  3. Gorgeous colouring. I haven't tried the Altenew markers and had never heard of the Nuvo ones. I'll be looking for them.

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  4. Beautiful cards! There are so many choices out in the market today!

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  5. I think your coloring is great! The card is so pretty and I really love the embossing on the background! I too, have avoided Copics because of the $$. I haven't tried either of the ones you mentioned. I do have the Spectrum Noir markers, which have satisfied my needs for the most part. I've purchased all of mine on sale and probably have paid around $1 per marker that way. Currently, Consumer Crafts has a few sets of 24 on sale for $22, which is a super deal. Just thought I'd let you know about that! :)

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