Happy Friday! I am poping here quickly to share a very fun project while attending Creativation 2019. If you are in Pheonix, AZ this weekend, make sure to come on by our booth at 461 and say hi! Would love to see you and give you a big hug! 

Today we are celebrating a very special occasion. One of the things I do for Altenew as their Operations Director is being a part of Altenew Education Certification Program. This program was launched in late 2017 to help fellow crafters improve their cardmaking/paper crafting skill set and provide ways for them to be more involved with and spreading the love of Altenew.

I work closely with the amazing AECP Coordinator Virginia Lu and have been witnessing fellow crafters becoming wonderful certified educators. They hold workshops, demos, and share the love of Altenew products with their community. It is truly a blessing to have worked with them. If you have not checked out the program, I highly recommend you do so! Find more about AECP program HERE.

Today we are celebrating all of the currently certified educators by having a very special blog hop! I am just honored to even be a part of the hop. So let’s get right to it.

I am going to share a project created by using Artist Mark Refills and have a video tutorial below for you to check out. Hope you enjoy!


Many of us love to get messy with alcohol inks – but did you know you can also use your Artist Marker Refills to get the effect you can get from any other alcohol inks? This is a great way to get more use out of your refills!

I chose 4 colors to use on this card, Blush, Rouge, Crimson, and Velvet. These are refills for the Red Sunset marker set with beautiful peach to bright red color shades. So I added a bunch of drops to a peice of yupo paper to create a very fun background.

You can add layers on top of layers to create an effect you like. Don’t you just love the blended colors and the textures they created? You can speed up the drying process with a heat tool, or air dry it for a couple of hours.

For the sentiment, I used Gold Foil paper and cut out “Hello” using the Caps Bold Alphabet Die Set. After popping them out using some foam squares, I added the “beautiful” stamped greeting from the Meadow Flower Stamp Set.

I kept the rest of the card very simple since the background itself is the start of the card today. I hope you enjoyed the project! Thank you for stopping by, and dont forget to enter the giveaways (info listed below)!


See below for all the products used in today’s project. Click ATN for Altenew, EH for Ellen Hutson, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, or AMZ for Amazon. I participate in several affiliate programs where I get a small commission at no additional cost to you when products are purchased through links I share here. Thank you for your support!


There are TWO giveaways you can enjoy!

  1. Altenew is giving away THREE $30 gift certificates to Altenew store! Make sure to visit their blog and leave a comment to win.
  2. I am giving away $15 gift certificate to Altenew store! Please leave me a comment below by January 21st, 11:59pm PST. I will post a winner here on the 22nd. Good luck!!


Congrats, Elizabeth! You are the lucky winner of this giveaway! Please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 1/31/2019 with the subject line Altenew Educator’s Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog to redeem your prize. Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment!!


I am the last stop of today’s blog hop! You can visit the Altenew Card Blog to check out other stops of the hop and enjoy the inspirations.


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  1. beautiful card, Nicole – love the background you created with the gold letters – wish I was in Phoenix with you – it’s freezing here in Nebraska!!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this! I didn’t think the refills would be necessary for me, but seeing this video, they totally are!

  3. I love alcohol ink backgrounds!! Yours is gorgeous. I didn’t think to use Altenew’s reinkers but I will definitely give them a try!!

  4. I laughed when you said you didn’t use alcohol inks much because you didn’t like the mess. That is exactly why I haven’t used them at all yet. But you make it look so darn easy I may just break down and buy some to try. Love your card Nicole!!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

    • Congrats, Elizabeth! You are the lucky winner of this giveaway! Please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 1/31/2019 with the subject line Altenew Educator’s Blog Hop Winner from Nicole’s Blog to redeem your prize. Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment!!

  5. Nicole, I always learn so much from you. I just recently received my Altenew Alcohol Markers and hope to get some refills to try this beautiful background. Thank you for your videos.

  6. Such a beautifully vibrant background!! Congratulations on achieving your Altenew Educator Certification 🙂

  7. It’s amazing all the possibilities you can get with these ink refills.
    Your card is very pretty! Have fun this weekend.

  8. Nicole – SO glad you were able to join in the hop. It has been great having you as part of the program! Yea! We did it. The program is very successful and can only be if the people behind it (you, Virginia, Altenew) are 100% committed -and you are. Thank you so very much.

  9. Very creative. Your card is beautifully crafted, and I love the gold accent in front of the lovely background.

  10. Gorgeous card. I have seen some of your work on Altenew before and as always it is beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Such a pretty card! The background looks wonderful. This is a great technique. I always get messy when I use inks, no matter how careful I am. I’m very thankful for the Tim Holtz scrubbiest. The gold foil looks beautiful against those reds.

  12. Wow! This card is stunning! I have really enjoyed the blog hop. It is great getting to know the crafters who have completed the AECP a bit better. Looking forward to joining their ranks very soon!

  13. Although I make messes when creating anything…I am not a fan of inks because they make bigger messes, however… I did discover gloves are not only for doing dishes…lol so now, I create many messes,so I really enjoyed your short video on making this card. Thank you so much for sharing! Carol-Lynn

  14. Beautiful card, Nicole! Love the bright background! You have inspired me to go play with some refills!! Thanks!

  15. What a beautiful card. I’ve been on the fence about trying alcohol inks, you are inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  16. I love how the colors play together on the Yupo paper. And you can never go wrong with the bod alphabets.

  17. Oh, lovely card! The gold letters with the free spirited background is very creative. Thanks for doing the video!

  18. WOW Nicole, how stunning! These colours of alcohol inks are so rich and vibrant and look amazing with the gold lettering. Thanks so much for sharing this. Simply stunning!

  19. Such a fun card and cool technique! I love how vibrant the colors are too! Thank you for sharing a video for those of us who haven’t ventured to try this technique yet 🙂

  20. Lovely card and a superb way of using ink refills,Congratulations for this new feather in your cap!!Hugs Anushree

  21. Ha ha…..I get messy with ink pens! You were pretty neat with these inks! Love the colors and swirls and dimension you achieved with these bold colors, and the gold bold letters make a great topping. Thanks for sharing some wonderful tips today!

  22. Your background is amazing. I love playing with alcohol inks, but it never occurred to me I could use Artist Marker refills. Beautiful card.

  23. Congratulations on the success of the AECP Nicole! Love your alcohol reinkers background! I hope to be part of this program this year! Thanks for the inspiration and for the giveaway!

  24. Oh my! What a beautiful card with alcohol marker refills. Love those happy colors and the big hello!

  25. I do love the look of Alcohol Inks and your background is gorgeous, I love the colors you used!! Note to self: start buying Artist Marker’s and Refills lol. They really are on the top of my “must have” list this year and I can’t wait to try the markers. Thanks for sharing your very cool card and for the inspiration to get busy (buying and creating :)).

  26. The background on this card is breathtaking! I love the ink on Yupo effect. Thank you for sharing.