Coloring Cards by Between the Evergreens

Greeting cards are fun to give your friends & family for special occasions, or any time.. just because!

While attending RAW: Nashville’s Holiday Rawk Artist Showcase this week, we came across artist Elizabeth Lang & her company between the evergreens.

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Elizabeth not only does wonderful watercolor paintings & artwork featuring various trees, but she also makes some really awesome greeting cards- that you can color yourself!

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Whether you want to be the one to color them OR if you’d rather give them as gifts for others to color, Marker Supply has some great markers to use with these cardstock cards.

We chose to color her “Sweetbay Magnolia” card with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers..

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With the real bristle brush tip, it feels like you’re painting! The very tip of the brush gets in the tiniest of spaces, or you can angle the brush to color larger spots. Try using multiple colors- the ink is very easy to blend.

(Note: If you have a card made with watercolor paper, you can add a little water on top of the Clean Color’s dye-based ink and move it around- creating a watercolor look!)

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MORE MARKERS TO TRY FOR CARDS..

Our other marker recommendations for cards, depending on what tip you like to color with:

*Bullet/Round tipZig WriterSakura Gelly Roll Gel Pens

*Slanted/Chisel tipZig Fine & Chisel, Sakura Permapaque

*Rubber brush tipZig Brushables, Sakura KOI

*Colored pencils: Prismacolor Premier Pencils, Faber Castell Polychromos

*or browse through some more at www.markersupply.com!

(Note: Use caution if you like to do your coloring with alcohol-based (like Prismacolor or Copic) or other permanent ink markers (like Sharpies)- the marks will likely bleed through to the other side of cardstock papers!)

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For more information on the art by ELang and between the evergreens greeting cards, check out:

*Her WEBSITE

*Her ETSY STORE

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And as always, feel free to share photos of your colored greeting cards on our social media!
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Gift Boxes, Bags, and Tags

The holiday gift-giving season is upon us, and all kinds of presents will be in need of packaging. But it’s not just for this time of year- try grabbing those markers ANY time you give a present to someone and turn plain ‘ol boxes, bags, and tags into unique works of art that help your gifts look extra special. 🙂

Some marker recommendations and projects that we tried this year at Markerland:

Ink Marbling

A super easy (and pretty fun) way to create one-of-a-kind marbling designs on paper surfaces is with Zig Kurecolor Refill Ink and shaving cream!

Just make a tray of foam shaving cream. Drop some ink here and there around the foam. Then swirl the drops around however you like!

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Then take your bag, tag, card, etc. (the thicker the better, to help it from curling up with the wet foam) and press the surface into the swirls. Pull it back up and scrape off the foam.

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You’ll be left with one-of-a-kind marbled art!

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Try it on craft bags, paper tags, cardboard ornaments, or handmade cards!

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Custom Ziploc Goody Bags

Take some simple Ziploc bags, doodle them up, and fill them with treats!

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Oil-based paint markers work best on these smooth, slippery surfaces, and will hold up when the bag wrinkles as it’s used.

Try the: Marvy Decocolor, Zig Painty, Pebeo 4Artist

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Re-Decorated Gift Boxes

Thrift stores usually have a ton of gift boxes- they just may not be the designs you want. Dollar stores have lots of them for great prices, but they are often only plain white or a single color. If you want to add a little more decoration, there are plenty of good, opaque markers that can cover the old box completely- letting you make your own custom designs for the occasion!
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Some markers we used for our boxes:
Marvy Easy Chalkboard Marker
Marvy Decocolor Acrylic
Sharpie Poster Paint
Posca Paint Markers

If you find an unfinished wooden box, see our Image Transfer Blog HERE to find out a fun way to customize it!

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Personalized Storage Boxes

Sometimes boxes can BE the gifts themselves!!

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We love this gift idea from Jennifer, for her daughter & friends’ Shopkins toys!

Again we found that using oil-based markers (like the Zig Painty markers used here) gave great permanent results on smooth surfaces like plastic.

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Have you made custom gift boxes, bags, or tags using markers?

Let us know how your project turned out!

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And check out www.markersupply.com for PLENTY more markers and pens you can use to help your gifts stand out!

 

Creating Snowy Effects With Markers

Wintertime is here! And for a lot of folks, this season brings along those frozen flakes of white that some of us love and some of us hate. Whether or not you are a fan of real snow, adding the effect of it to your artwork can really make it stand out!

So for those blizzards of art projects that involve snowflakes, snowmen, and other snowy winter scenes, see these quick and easy ways to add and enhance the effect of SNOW on your cards, crafts, and more!

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Salt & Watercolors

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You can create a crystallized look on a watercolor background by sprinkling some sea salt on top before it dries!
Here’s how:

Step 1:
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Begin making your background. You can use real paints like the Sakura KOI or Gansai Tambi watercolors, or use a dye-based “watercolor” marker like the Zig Clean Color Real Brush, Zig Art & Graphic, or Sakura KOI Color Brush Pens. Be sure to use a thick, watercolor paper for the best blending effect.

For this card, we used 3 varying blues in the Clean Color brushes and made layered marks using light and dark colors.

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Use a wet paint brush or a water brush (like the Zig BrusH20) to easily blend the colors together to make the painted background.

Step 2:
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While everything is still slightly wet, sprinkle a little bit of sea salt over it. The grains of salt will begin to soak up the color.

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Leave the salt on the paper for a few minutes, and it will start to leave little crystallized marks behind!

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Everything has a different effect on the results of this- the darkness of the color used, the size of the salt grains and how much you sprinkle on, how wet or dry the paper is, etc. Experiment a bit to get the look you want!

Step 3:
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Once the paper has fully dried, gently brush off the salt. You can then use other pens and markers to draw designs over the top! Some recommendations that we used for this card- Posca paint pens, Zig Wink of Stella Glitter brushes, and Uni-ball Signo Gel Impact (one of the best opaque white pens you can find!)

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Marvy Snow Marker

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With “snow” right in the name, you get the gist of this special marker right away. Snow markers write with seemingly normal white paint, but when the marks are heated with a heat tool, they puff up to create a snowy 3D effect!

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Use this marker to draw or write something freehand, or use it to embellish cards, stamped images- anything you want some 3D texture on! To keep the paint nice and wet when you heat it, try doing smaller areas at a time. The thicker and wetter the marks are when heated, the bubblier the look will be. After each time you mark a section, give it a little blast with the heat tool and watch it puff up!

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Try it in other colors!
Don’t just stop at white when you can make this same awesome effect in COLOR with the Marvy Puffy Velvet markers!

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While these markers work well for papercrafts, they are also labeled as a fabric pen- so you can try them out on clothes, bags, and more!

(**Note: These markers need a heat tool to make the puffy effect, so it’s not a project for kids to do alone. Use caution with heat tools- they can blow air that is heated to over 600 degrees! If misused, it can definitely burn your project or YOU!)

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Glitter!

It shimmers and it sparkles. The qualities of glitter make it a natural choice for glistening winter effects!

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Whether you’re doing cards, ornaments, scrapbooks, coloring books, or a craft of any kind- try adding a little glitter!
Our favorite marker picks:

Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Gel Pens
Zig Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker
Posca PC-3ML Fine Tip Glitter Markers

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We’d love to see your snowy projects this winter season! Share them on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter pages!

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Marker Supply Shipping Policy Highlights

Ordering items online has definitely become a convenient way of shopping. But after you click that “place order” button, you still have to rely on the company to ship your items to you. At Marker Supply, getting your order to you as quickly, as easily, and as affordably as possible is very important to us.

Find out more information about these areas of our shipping policy:

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ORDER PROCESSING / HANDLING TIMES

A major part of our customer service at Marker Supply is our “same day handling” times. We do everything possible to get your order out the door the very same day it is placed.
To help ensure this happens, make sure your order is placed as early in the day as possible.
-For First Class/Priority Mail (USPS) orders, place before 12:00 noon Central Time.
-For UPS/FedEx orders, place before 4:00pm Central Time.
This will allow us enough time to process, pick, check, and pack your markers before our mail is picked up. If an order is placed after office hours, over the weekend, or on certain holidays, it will not ship out until the next business day.

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LOCAL ORDER PICKUP

If you are in the Nashville area and would like to pick up your order at our warehouse, you are welcome to do so! We are located in Metro Center at 240 Great Circle Road, Suite 334. In the comments section of your order, just type “For local pickup” or you can call us with your order.
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SPECIAL DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS

Have a special request of where you’d like the shipping carrier to leave your package? Just type a note (i.e.- “Leave on back porch”, etc.) in the comment section of your order when you check out and we’ll make sure the instructions get written on your box.
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TRACKING YOUR PACKAGE

As soon as you place your order at MarkerSupply.com, you should receive an email confirmation that includes a tracking number. You won’t be able to start tracking your package until the mail carrier picks it up from our warehouse at the end of the day and scans it into their system. This could take up to 24 hours to update. After that, you can keep an eye on its whereabouts until it reaches you!
*Note to customers outside the U.S.: See the International Shipping section for details on tracking numbers.
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BACKORDER SHIPPING

If an item in your order is out of stock, you will be sent a backorder email notification.
In most instances, the available part of your order will ship out, and the backordered item(s) will ship separately at a later date, as soon as they arrive to our warehouse. You will never need to pay extra shipping costs for divided backorder shipments.
In some situations, we may contact you to discuss other options that may better suit your needs. If you have specific requests on how to deal with potential backorders, leave them in the comment section of your order.
*Note on backorder payment processing: For credit card orders, you will only be charged for the items that are available to be shipped. When the backordered item(s) are processed, you will then be charged for the remainder of your order. For PayPal orders, you will be charged the entire amount right away.
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SHIPPING TRANSIT TIMES

How long your package takes to reach you depends on where you are located, which shipping method you choose, and sometimes other factors such as holiday/weather delays, etc.

Our Marker Supply warehouse is located in Nashville, TN.
Use these maps for an idea of shipping times to your area:

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Note: These are not guarantees, just a fairly good estimate.

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CLAIMS FOR LOST/DAMAGED PACKAGES

If you suspect your package may have gotten lost in transit, and you are not able to determine its whereabouts by looking up the tracking number, please contact us.
If your package arrives damaged, let us know. It is also helpful to send us photos of the damage.
We will file claims with the shipping carrier for you with these issues.
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“HAZMAT” SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS

The contents of some markers we carry are considered by shipping companies to be “Hazardous Material” (or “HAZMAT”), and are seen as potentially dangerous products to send through standard mail. This includes oil-based markers, some alcohol-based markers, and aerosols.

 On these product pages, you’ll notice an icon like this. If your order contains a HAZMAT item, you will not be able to select certain shipping methods (like First Class and Priority Mail) that restrict these items.

Note: Products in aerosol cans are never able to be shipped in the air and must always use a ground method.

*New shipping method!* The previous option used for sending HAZMAT items often caused shipping rates to be extra high, even for a small number of markers. We are happy to now offer FedEx Smart Post. Use this option when your order contains HAZMAT markers and weighs less than 10 lbs. and you could save a lot on shipping costs!
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$3.99 FLAT RATE SHIPPING

Marker Supply has a special flat rate shipping option for qualifying orders. Your order can be shipped for just $3.99 if it meets the following requirements:

*Order must subtotal $50 or more.
*Orders must be shipped to an address within the continental United States.
*Orders must be placed online. Phone & email orders are excluded.
*Orders can not contain Elmers Foam Board.

If you are eligible for flat rate shipping, you will see it as an option during the check out process.
Flat Rate packages will be shipped using a standard ground method and can take 2-7 business days to arrive (most shipping carriers do not operate on weekends).
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NEXT DAY / 2nd DAY AIR SHIPPING

If a time comes up when you need your markers ASAP, you can select an expedited shipping method.
*Keep in mind during the weekend: If you choose 2nd Day or Next Day Air and the delivery day falls on a Saturday, you will need to call us the day you place your order before 4:30pm Central Time to set up this special service. There may also be an additional charge for Saturday deliveries. Packages are never delivered on Sundays.
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INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

Marker Supply ships orders all over the world. If you are located outside of the United States, keep the following in mind:
*Some countries are excluded from our shipping area. If you do not see your country on the list when you check out, please contact us.
*You may be required to pay tariffs, duties, taxes, etc. You will be responsible for these costs and they are not included in your shipping rate.
*Marker Supply cannot label your package as a “gift” to avoid your customs charges.
*Please be patient waiting for your package to arrive. USPS First Class International Mail can take up to 28 BUSINESS days (weekends and holidays are not included in this count). Priority Mail International can take up to 15 BUSINESS days.
*Note on International tracking numbers: USPS Priority Mail International will provide you with a tracking number that will track your package until it is delivered at its destination. First Class International Mail will provide you with a tracking number, but does NOT guarantee tracking all the way up to delivery. You can use this tracking number to look up your package at your local post office.
*If your package is refused, you will be refunded for the cost of your items, but not postage costs.
*You cannot file a claim for a lost package until 45 days after the date your items were shipped.
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FURTHER QUESTIONS?

If you ever have any questions regarding shipping, contact us at shipping@markersupply.com or call us at 866-354-9431. (Business hours are 8am-5pm Central Time).

Snowman Image Transfer Project

Something we have really been enjoying at Markerland lately is image transferring (putting a printed image onto a raw wooden surface). It’s a great type of project for anyone to do, and can help you create both awesome art pieces and fun handmade gifts! Try it out this holiday season!!

This very simple process needs only a few supplies:
-An object made of plain, unfinished wood
Zig Decoupage Glue Marker
-Image(s) on paper, from a book or a printer
-Small spray bottle filled with water
-Extra markers if you want to do any additonal decorating (optional)

From start to finish, you will need several hours, or overnight, to let the piece dry inbetween steps.

See our step-by-step process of making a holiday snowman wooden wall hanging:

Step 1:
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Choose your image from either a book, or print whatever you like off of the computer. Cut off as much surrounding paper as possible. Use the Zig Decoupage marker to generously cover the area on the wood that the picture will go onto, and then the top side of the image as well.

Step 2:
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Press the image(s) face down onto the wood. Make sure that the glue is covering all areas where there is color and that the entire image is making complete contact with the wood.
*Tip: If you have white in your image, like with this snowman, make sure it has a slight color tint to it, since there is no white ink that will transfer- it is just the white paper, which will later be rubbed away..

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With any image, especially if you are using words, remember that they will be flipped on the wooden surface, so be sure to print your text backwards!

Step 3:

Wait for the glue to TOTALLY dry. It will need several hours at least, if not left overnight.

Step 4:

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The image should now be transferred to the wood, so the paper is ready to be removed! The easiest way to do this is to spray it with water to soften the paper.

Step 5:
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Begin to rub the paper firmly enough for it to peel off, but gently enough to not remove the image as well. It may take several more sprays of water and a little time to get all of it removed, but afterwards- you will be left with your image on the wood!!

Step 6 (optional):
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If you’d like, you can use markers to add background color or special effects (like glitter), enhance the look of your image/text, or even to fix any trouble spots that may have peeled off. This can give your piece a much more artistic handmade quality, without needing too much artistic talent! 😉

(To finish this project, we used Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers, Posca paint markers, and Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush markers.)

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There are plentiful possibilities with this craft.. Try transferring your images onto other wooden objects like boxes, ornaments, picture frames, and more!!

*(See our coloring book image transfer blog HERE!)*

Have you tried the image transfer project? Let us know how it turned out on our social media pages!
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Warm Metallics: Gold Ink Variations

The variety of warm metallic colors includes many shades of gold, along with other metals such as copper and bronze- but even with the same color name, they definitely do not all look the same!

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Have a look at the Metallic Marker section at Marker Supply!

Use these ink swatches as a reference for how each marker appears on light vs. dark surfaces, which ones shine when turned to the light, and find the warm metallic markers that will work the best for you!

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Water-based Papercraft Markers

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The Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Markers leave a nice amount of glitter along with their color! Unfortunately with this type of marker, the glitter is all that shows up on dark paper.
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Colored Pencils

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These colored pencils really show how metallic colors can completely change when used on light vs. dark paper! Most often, darker papers tend to show off the metallic properties, and white papers highlight the actual color of the mark.
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Gel Pens

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Gel pens are great at demonstrating how some metallics can show dark, flat color at one angle, and then become super bright and shiny when hit with light at another angle. This property is known as a color’s sheen.
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Chalkboard/Poster/Window Markers

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When using metallic colors on chalkboards, make sure to test in a small area how easily they clean off. Metallic paint contents can sometimes leave a mark (called ghosting) since some chalkboards are more on the porous side, and can soak in the color pigments.

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Fabric Markers

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The color and effect of metallic fabric markers depends a great deal on the type of fabric used. Some can soak up the color, and some can soak up the metallic shine. Always test your paint in a small area first!

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An interesting example of the same copper paint marker (Zig Fabricolor) used on various fabrics. The softer fleece left the color completely on top, while the thicker denim soaked in all but the bright metallic pigments.

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 Oil-Based & Permanent Ink Markers

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Permanent metallic ink markers can definitely have an impressive sheen to them when turned into the light (and then there are some that have none at all!) This is also a type of marker that will look totally different depending on the surface.

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Most paint markers don’t look their best on paper and can soak in or appear flat. While some DO work on paper surfaces, it’s usually the thick/non-porous surfaces that show the most impressive results.

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We’d love to see what your markers are making!

Share your gold (or other metallic) art/craft with us and tell us which metallic markers you like the best!
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Make sure you sign up for our Metallic contest before November 14th for your chance to win a metallic marker mega pack! Voting for your favorite shade of gold is one way you can enter!
See our contest blog for more details.

Some Metallic Markers We Love!

 

 

This month’s focus on metallic markers had us rounding up some of our favorites!
Here’s a closer look at some of our go-to metallic picks:

*Pebeo 4Artist Copper Marker*

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An impressive metallic marker that we fell in love with instantly. This oil-based copper paint pen makes smooth and shiny marks that look just like a melted penny! These markers can be used on multiple surfaces and give any craft a real WOW factor.

*Fabricolor Fine Tip Gold & Silver*

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When asked what our recommendation is for autographs or other markings on black/dark fabrics, our best pick is the Zig Fabricolor Fine Tip marker in silver. Its super light ink appears almost white but gives a brighter, slightly shiny appearance that really stands out. The Zig Fabricolor Fine Tip gold marker is a deep, almost bronze-like gold, with bright gold specks blended in that looks beautiful on all types of fabrics!

*Fudebiyori Metallic Brush Markers*
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With their soft and flexible brush tip, the Fudebiyori (Foo-dee-bee-your-ee) markers work very well for lettering as well as making other designs, borders, and more. The ink flows super smoothly from the tip, and brings incredible metallic colors to light or dark papers.

*Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pens*
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Glitter can be added to SO many things, making them stand out with a sparkle. The amount of glitter that these pens lay down along with their color is pretty amazing! They are available in a variety of different colors, and can be used alone or over the top of other colored areas. Plus, this pen is easily controllable with a squeezable barrel and real bristle-type brush.

*Gelly Roll Shadow*

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A special type of Gelly Roll, the “Shadow” roller ball gel pens have the unique feature of writing with a color that quickly turns into a metallic color (gold or silver) and leaves just a hint of the other color on the edges for a fun effect as you write!

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Have a look at these great markers and more at www.markersupply.com!

Special markers to use with a heat tool

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A heat tool can be very handy to have in the crafting world. Not only can it help to speed up the general drying time of some inks and glues, but it can also be used to make neat effects with special markers such as these:

* Zig Embossing Markers *

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Zig’s Embossing Markers are double-ended, giving you 2 tips in 1 pen!
They come in 3 different styles:

*Zig Emboss Calligraphy (2mm flat chisel tip & 3.5mm flat chisel tip)*
Great for calligraphy lettering & straight edge designs!

*Zig Emboss Writer: (.5mm extra fine tip & 1.2mm bullet tip)*
Great for standard lettering & fine tip designs!

*Zig Emboss Scroll & Brush: (split-tip scroll & flexible rubber brush)*
Great for brush lettering & other special designs!

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Embossing markers use a special ink that has a slightly “tacky” texture and acts as an adhesive for embossing powders (which come in all colors- even metallics, glitter, etc.)
Just write or draw something with your embossing marker and quickly apply some embossing powder on the paper over the top of your marks. The powder will stick to the ink, and you can easily tap off the excess.
Then use the heat tool over the powdered marks. The embossing powder will stay stuck to the ink and begin to melt in place. You are left with a smooth, slightly raised (embossed) image!

SEE IT STEP BY STEP:

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STEP 1: Use the embossing marker freehand or with a stencil to make a clear mark on your paper.

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STEP 2
: Sprinkle embossing powder over the ink (as soon as possible, to avoid the ink from drying out). Don’t be afraid to use plenty, to cover the entire mark.

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STEP 3
: Lean your paper and let the excess powder slide off onto a second sheet of paper. (Make a funnel with that paper and let the powder slide back into your jar for use next time!) Use a few gentle taps, then clean off any remaining extra powder with a dry brush. You only want powder on the ink marks- any extra will still melt where it is and leave a spot.

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STEP 4
: Turn on the heat tool and let it run for a few seconds to heat up. Then aim it right at your powdered marks and watch the powder begin to melt! (Make sure it’s not TOO close, to avoid burning the powder/paper.) The melted powder fuses to the paper with a slightly raised effect!

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STEP 5
: Admire your newly embossed works of art! Use this technique to add a special touch to handmade cards and more! Try embossing on light and dark papers, or over a watercolor background!

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* Marvy Puffy Velvet & Snow Markers *

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Add some texture to your paper and fabric crafts!

When used alone, the Puffy Velvet & Snow markers act like regular paint markers. Try heating up their marks with a heat tool! You’ll end up with exactly what the name suggests- a puffed up, velvety texture.

You can get 2 types of effects from these markers. If you use the heat tool right away, on very wet marks, you’ll get a bigger, bubbly texture. If you wait for the marks to be completely dry, you can get a softer, more even look.

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No matter which type of effect you prefer, they each add a fun dimensional look to any craft project!
And they come in a variety of 24 different colors, including bright fluorescents!

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Puffy Velvet markers are water-based and safe for kids to use! Just make sure an adult handles the heat tool part. (Heat tools can blow air that is over 600 degrees!!)

One of our favorite uses for the bubblier 3D effect as a kids craft- cartoon monster skin!

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Another fun use of the Puffy Velvet markers to explore is stamping! The ink puffs up enough to create a raised image that can be used with other markers or ink pads and act as a custom-designed stamp!

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* Heat Tool VS. Hair Dryer *

A quick note about using a hair dryer as a heat tool, since we see people often wondering about this.

While they seem similar, it’s generally not recommended to use a hair dryer in place of a heat tool.
The main reasons: Heat tools slowly release VERY hot heat in a concentrated area. Hair dryers use cooler air, and it blows much faster into a bigger space.

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Happy crafting, everyone!

Coloring Book Image Transfer Project!

All of this recent buzz about coloring BOOKS has left us also wanting to color on something other than paper.. so we at Marker Supply have been experimenting with a type of project called “image transferring”. Take a look at this super easy way to put any coloring page image onto a wooden surface!

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What you’ll need:
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*A piece of “raw” wood without a finish on it (no paint, glaze, etc.)*
*A one-sided page from a coloring book (Note: Everything in your original image will be flipped on the wood piece. Keep this in mind- as letters and numbers will appear backwards!)*
*Zig Decoupage Glue Marker (Find it HERE at Marker Supply!)*
*Spray Bottle & Water*

*and a few hours of patience, as your piece will take a while to dry before the fun part can happen. 🙂 *

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The Prep Work:

Step 1:
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Trim your image down to fit how you want it over the wooden object. Using your Zig Decoupage Glue Marker, apply an even, thick layer of glue that covers the wooden surface, as well as the paper image (the side WITH the marks on it).

Step 2:
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Place your image face down over the wooden piece. Press all over- the middle, the edges, everywhere- to completely stick each piece together. If any spot seems totally dry, you can lightly press the glue marker over the top of the paper and let some saturate through to that area.

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The Hard Part:

Step 3:
You wait for it to COMPLETELY dry.
This will take several hours, it’s usually a great idea to just let it sit overnight.
Yes, we know. This part is not fun. But be patient! 🙂

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The Reveal:

See, you did it. Good job waiting for your piece to be good ‘n dry!
And now even though it may seem silly, we are just going to get it wet again..

Step 4:
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Take a spray bottle and lightly coat the paper with a bit of water.

Step 5:
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Gently rub the wet paper. Bits of it will start peeling off of the wooden surface, however you’ll see that your image will still be left on the wood!

Step 5.5:
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This process can take a few rounds. You can apply a little more water whenever needed to help the paper keep rubbing off. Just don’t rub too rough, the image may start to come off.

And then.. there you have it! You’ve just made a coloring page on a wooden surface!
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Once it’s dry, grab those markers and get coloring! Or, give that one to someone as a gift and make some more!

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We’ve had a lot of fun with this super easy and awesome craft.
Stay tuned for another blog about more image transfer ideas coming soon!

Have you tried paper-to-wood transfers? Let us know how it turned out:
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(**The image we used for this Blog is from the Creative Haven coloring book “Fanciful Faces”.**)

Coloring Book Markers: Alcohol-Based Markers

The new craze of coloring books has people searching for the best tools to bring color and life to their pages. There are so many kinds to choose from! Marker Supply is focusing several blogs on markers and more that are perfect for use in coloring!

See Part 1: Zig Double-Ended Markers

See Part 2: Pens & Pencils

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Part 3: Alcohol-Based Markers

One of the most common tools we’ve seen that people like to use in their coloring books are markers with alcohol-based ink. This type of ink usually has bold color properties and flows onto paper “as smooth as butter”. These markers may also have unique properties such as being refillable, having interchangeable nibs, and more.

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A word of warning about markers with alcohol ink

This ink is usually very strong and can easily bleed through paper!

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Make sure you use single-sided coloring pages (with some kind of backboard underneath to catch any ink that soaks through) and/or use paper that is thick enough to handle alcohol inks!
The contents of this type of ink are also usually not kid-friendly, so be sure to use them age-appropriately.

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PRISMACOLOR BRUSH & FINE

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A great coloring marker with tips that are perfect for coloring books that feature small spaces, the Prismacolor Premier Brush & Fine is a double-ended marker with a fine tip opposite a flexible, rubber brush tip. (You can also find the same marker with Chisel & Fine tips). The silky smooth ink flow leaves your pages with nice, even color. Available in 195 colors and multicolor sets of all sizes!

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ZIG KURECOLOR

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Our equivalent to the Copic markers, the Zig Kurecolor markers have all the same features you love- they are double-ended, refillable, have a variety of tips to choose from, and are available in OVER 100 colors!! Often used by graphic artists and other professionals, Kurecolors contain high-quality permanent inks. Choose from the Kurecolor Twin– with a larger, easy-to-grip barrel- and the Kurecolor Twin S– with a slimmer, square barrel, so it won’t roll off the table!

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CHAMELEON COLOR TONE PENS

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One of the newest markers here at Marker Supply, the Chameleon Color Tone Pens have a very unique ability.
Each marker fits together into 2 parts. One part can be used alone as a regular double-ended coloring marker with alcohol-based ink. OR, if you take out the small section in the middle, you can place the colored tip into the second part of the marker- which has a tip filled with a clear blending solution.
Let the clear blender tip soak for a moment into the colored tip. Then take the colored section of the marker back out, color with it, and watch what happens! The color will start super faint, then gradually darken all on its own as you color! These markers make it VERY easy to color in a seamless gradation- letting you apply some awesome effects to your coloring pages!

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Hop on our social media pages and hashtag #MarkerSupply to let us know which markers you like to use!

Happy coloring, everyone!!