Hello there! Alcohol markers have been around in the crafting world for a long long time yet they are still well loved among many cardmakers and coloring enthusiasts. It is one of my favorite coloring mediums as well, and I love creating fun backgrounds with them. 

The project I am going to share with you features an easy way to create a background with gradation or ombre look, with various shades of 1 color.

Altenew just came out with brand new Artist Markers – Set E, Primary Essential Set, Colorless Blender, along with some fun embellishments. I am focusing on the green color family from the Set E, Tropical Forest.

One of the things I love about Artist Markers is that they come in shades of 4, just like their inks, and you can mix and match these for different color variations. I wanted to create something holiday feel with lots of green, so I decided to go with these shades of green.

I had my mother-in-law when creating this card – her favorite color is green and she lives in Hawaii. So the Hawaiian Christmas greeting from the Peace on Earth Stamp Set was the perfect sentiment for this card.

To create the background, I started with the lightest color and moved section by section with each darker color. The top of the card is the lightest as you can see, and the bottom is the darkest green. I went back and forth with the shades in between to create more smooth and well-balanced gradation effect.

For some holiday feel finishing touches on the card, I added some sparkles on the colored background using a clear shimmer pen and added shimmers randomly throughout the background piece.

I also heat set the sentiment using the gold embossing powder on a black cardstock and backed the sentiment piece with metallic gold threads. Don’t you think this turned out pretty well? It was easy and quick to create as well.

Do you have a favorite color family from today’s release? or favorite embellishments? Share your picks by commenting below and you will automatically be entered into a giveaway!


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 SIX $50 gift certificates to Altenew store! Make sure to visit their blog and leave a comment to win.
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I am participating in a fun blog hop to celebrate today’s release! Next stop on the hop is Kelly Latevola! Make sure to stop by and leave some love for her! Please see below for full blog hop list.

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  1. Thanks for sharing. This is beautiful. You’re right, Altenew makes it easier for us to color beautifully with their coloring system.

  2. This is so unique and fresh! I love that bright and juicy color! That background stamp is really unique too! It reminds me of beautiful mosaic tiles. Thanks for the great ideas today!

  3. I absolutely love your card, it’s gorgeous!! I really love the Primary Color Markers and plan to buy them. They are so pretty. I like the butterfly embellishments too!!

  4. Thanks for sharing another great idea. I had not thought to make a stamped background and color it monochromatic shades of one color. I am sure your MIL will love it with with the extra sparkly areas. Well done!

  5. Nicole, using the geometric pattern with a gradation of one of the 4 color sets shows this new marker release so well. tfs

  6. I like this look as well, and love using alcohol markers. From the new release, I like the “E” series, especially the orange shades.

  7. This must have taken you a while to color, you did a beautiful job with the gradiant effects. Beautiful and a great way to use this wonderful background stamp.

  8. I love the way you use color on white space. It makes the sentiment come to the fore and be really impactful.

  9. Your card is so pretty! I love the ombre with the detailed stamp and the gold threads really make your sentiment pop!

  10. Your card looks lovely, love the color gradient. I love the markers and butterfly stickers in this release.

  11. I love this card. The ombré effect you created with the markers is beautiful and the sparkle details you added make for a very festive holiday card.

  12. These shades of green are gorgeous and you did a beautiful job coloring the background with them. Your MIL will love it! I really like the new orange shades

  13. Interesting background using the stencil. I love how you many markers in the same color family to get a gradient look. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

  14. I don’t usually gravitate to oranges and greens, but I really enjoy these two sets as inks, and now as markers. I’m also really excited for neutral greys, because I’m just starting out with alcohol markers, and a solid set of greys seems like the perfect place to start. I love your card; I’m a huge fan of the Peace on Earth and the Moroccan Mosaic stamp sets, so seeing them together is fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I love how you created this background on your cool card! Gradient colors are always appealing!
    I love the oranges in set E so much—might be because I have one daughter and two grandkids with orange hair! Thanks for your inspiration today!

  16. I love the stars that I see in the design.
    It makes a great Christmas card.
    The shading of the green adds to the feel.
    thanks for sharing

  17. My favorite color from the new release makers is the green! You have a gorgeous card there! It would make a great card for anyone, male or female. Love it!

  18. My favorite from this release has to be all those great enamel dots. Love the colors and variety! Your card is beautiful. You’re quite talented at blending. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Love this card and the color gradient. Also love the sentiment and now I’m singing that song in my head. 🙂

  20. I love the Hawaiian greeting on that card. The gold thread was a nice and added a nice touch to card. The colors are perfect.

  21. WONDERFUL card!
    LOVE your bold black against the shades of green, your ombre background is GORGEOUS … an EXCITING technique I look forward to trying! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  22. Love your card. Reminds me of last Christmas when we spent the holidays in Hawaii with my son and family. Thanks for the great ideas.