A tutorial on Mail-able dimension and Alcohol Coloring

I love cards with dimension!  You will see cards on Pinterest and designers blogs
 that look like they took a week to make and should be on top of a wedding cake!
 I admire the designers that create these paper confections - how do they even think them up?
While I love these masterpiece cards, they are not on my to-do list, why?  Because you really can't mail them without going to a whole lot of trouble to package them safely.  I do use foam tape and that gives cards an extra pop that is mailable.   What I am going to show you today is one of  my favorite techniques  for creating a mail-able dimensional card colored with alcohol markers. today's how-to is more focused on the dimension than coloring.  I used alcohol markers, but you can use your favorite coloring system.

You can use a digital image or a stamped image, just make sure you use the ink that works with your coloring medium. For today's card, I used this beautiful Magenta Stamp:

You will need two of the same images

For markers, I used only 7.
Here are the colors that I choose

For each of the flowers, I put down a layer of the light red ( FS8 in this case)
I did the whole flower with the base shade
and then worked on each petal , using another layer of the FS8 then worked in the darker red DR1 blended with the FS8

I color both flowers and then fussy cut each one.

                Using the blender pen really give the petals a painterly look, something I strive for
Here they are cut out
 Color the back of the flowers with a light shade of what you are coloring with. I used the darker read and had some bleed through.  It wasn't too bad but I did have to work on the top side to "fix" it a bit.

For the top flower, I cut  the leaves off and set them aside and then separate the flower petals down to the center of the flower.  I gently rolled the petals in my fingers.  Nothing fancy, I just worked them until I was happy with their shape 

I shaped the leaves and added the cut out one back in.
I glued this flower together with Lineco glue, mounted it on a framing layer of
 card stock and added to my base.

When I mail this card I will place  a 4x6 piece of light card stock over the flower.
It does get pressed down a bit in the mail, but they hold up pretty good and does not need to be "packaged".

This is not a new technique by any means, but one that helps me achieve a look
I really like in my card making!  I hope you give it a try, it is a little addictive!

Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M 


jen evers said…
Ginny, this is amazing!! It looks so REAL and super dimensional! I'm blown away, thanks for sharing!! xoxo Jen
Wow I love it, beautiful what an awesome card .
Deborah said…
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Thanks for this tutorial Ginny - that flower looks amazing. When I am sending something dimensional (and never great layers and dimensional flowers, that is not my style either)I use a layer of bubble wrap over the card front.
Deborah said…
Thanks for the freebie and for sharing your prretty card! I'm glad you are making cards again. I enjoy your cards and get ideas.

Where are you moving? I must have mussed that in your blog.
Ginny Maxam said…
Hi Deborah, we're moving to New York - Syracuse area! Thanks for stopping by!
Lovely colouring, superb card TFS. Great freebie too, ta!!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}
Unknown said…
thank you for telling us how to do that..I love it...I love the cards you make...just beautiful...thanks again
Neet said…
First of all I love the digi image you chose. Looks so good in black and white. Then secondly I do like the choice of pens you used to colour the flowers with, beautiful colouring on both of them. Finally, what a lovely card, the finished flower loos just perfect on that card. You should be awfully proud of your work, it is beautiful.
Hugs, Neet 2 xx

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