Simple Alcohol Ink Coloring featuring a Hero Arts & Pinkfresh Studio Collaboration

Cathy ZielskeCards159 Comments

Welcome to my stop along the blog hop celebrating Hero Arts and their 45 years in the crafting industry! Today, Hero Arts has teamed up with Pinkfresh Studio and collaborated on a lovely new encouragement stamp set called You Make a Difference.

I’m really happy with how my card project turned out and I did some really simple coloring with some new-to-me markers, Everblend Art Markers, an alcohol marker line from Arteza with a fantastic price point when compared to Copic markers. (Also, you can save 10% on all Arteza products until September 25 using the code CathyZielske2.) The thing that is so great about them? They come with a pointy, bullet tip as opposed to a brush tip. I really struggle with the brush tips on Copic markers. I know you can swap the nips out, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy these Everblend markers were to use. I have the 120-marker set, but they also have a 60-marker set which would be great to try out if you’re looking for affordable alcohol markers.

Here is the video showing you how I created this card project.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Now onto the hop details:

BLOG HOP DETAILS: There will be 3 prizes, drawn from comments left across the blog hop:
• One winner will receive the stamp set!
• One winner will receive a $25 shopping spree at Pinkfresh Studio
• One winner will receive a $25 shopping spree at Hero Arts

You may leave comments until Sunday, August 18th. The winners will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week!

Hero Arts
Pinkfresh Studio
Angelica Conrad
Ashlea Cornell
Caly Person
Cathy Zielske—You are here!
Emily Midgett
Heather Hoffman
Ilina Crouse
Ivana Camdzic
Janette Kausen
Jennifer McGuire
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Kelly Lunceford
Laura Bassen
Lea Lawson
Libby Hickson
Nichol Spohr
TaeEun Yoo
Yana Smakula
Zsoka Marko


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Cathy ZielskeSimple Alcohol Ink Coloring featuring a Hero Arts & Pinkfresh Studio Collaboration

159 Comments on “Simple Alcohol Ink Coloring featuring a Hero Arts & Pinkfresh Studio Collaboration”

  1. #3
    Susan King

    love love love the colors in your card! The touch of greeen on the outside just makes it pop!

  2. #6
    Patricia Wilson

    I loved your card and especially the colors that you used. Am checking out those markers. What a great partnership this was. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

  3. #7
    MaryG Zell

    Your card is lovely. And thanks for mentioning the alcohol markers! I’m always looking for alternatives to Copics.

  4. #8

    Love the card. I especially like your tips about the “pointy” tip on the Arteza markers. Thanks so much.

  5. #10
    Debbie Rumpza

    I love the colors you chose for this card and your soft inking behind the florals. What a pretty card!

    1. #10.1

      I’m so glad to see how to use the blending brushes. I just got them and was scars to use them. Having you show & use them, I feel I can use them .

  6. #12
    Nancy R.

    Thank you for sharing your video and beautiful card. I appreciate your introducing the Arteza marker. I haven’t invested in Copics do to cost but am excited to add these markers to my wishlist 😉 Your cards are gorgeous!

  7. #15

    Cathy, check out Chameleon pens (, too. They are incredible! I have several sets & just yesterday received the newest—Fineliners. It’s amazing how they achieve the same results as Copics, only you can do with ONE pen what it takes Copics three pens. They also cost less than Copics (but are pricier than some). The results are fantastic. Sometimes you can get them at Hobby Lobby with 40% off coupon, but so far you have to order the Fineliners from Chameleons—I got in on the first ones.

  8. #18
    Jackie Parkins

    That’s gorgeous! Thanks for showing the Arteza markers, too. I struggle with Copics as you do and these look like they would suit me better.

  9. #22
    Lisa Byers

    Your card is colored beautifully!! I love the colors you chose. Are you happy with these markers?? I am a marker junkie and I am tempted to order them. I just ordered 6 sets of the Tonic markers. (I CANT STOP!! 🙂 ).

  10. #24

    I LUV this idea….the COLORING is awesome!! Just everything about it!!! Plus it’s my go to color… PURPLE

  11. #27
    Terri Conrad

    Beautiful card and coloring! I love these sentiments! I have the 60 set of Everblends, them shortly after they added 60 colors… that you can’t order separately. Figures, right? ?‍♀️ Ha! But more affordable than Copics! I’m not that good yet anyway!! ?

  12. #31
    Christine Kiehl

    Beautiful purple backed card! My favorite color! Thank you also for the video! This hop has been packed full of fabulous cards and videos!!!

  13. #41
    Sheri K

    Beautiful card Cathy–love this new stamp from HA and Pink Fresh, such positive affirmations perfect for encouragement cards. Thanks for also showing us new markers, I have been collecting copics for years, don’t have full set but have enough that I’m happy with. I’m now getting the refills, and I love being able to refill instead of re-buy.

  14. #46
    Denise Kitts-Wadlow

    Gorgeous card Cathy! Love the purple and green–they compliment each other so beautifully. I am so excited to get this stamp set, and see what kind of beautiful creations I can come up with.

  15. #48
    Jan Garber

    Your coloring is amazing! And you picked the sentiment I love most in this set, although they’re all perfect to cover every occasion! Great idea to add the sequins!

  16. #49

    Beautiful card Cathy! Looks fun and easy to make. Thanks for sharing about the Arteza markers too. Time to check them out!

  17. #61
    Denise Mlady

    Love this simple but beautiful card! I have been thinking of giving these markers a try, thanks for your thoughts on them.

  18. #67
    Lisa Moline

    Absolutely gorgeous card Cathy! I love the purple! Looks like those nibs would be a bit easier to use especially on tiny images which is where I have the same problem as you! Thanks so much for the great inspiration and all the great tips!

  19. #68
    Michele W

    Cathy, you should be happy with the way this card came out. It’s really pretty. Love your color choices. The green around the edges makes it seem like a field of wildflowers. Thanks for sharing!

  20. #71
    Beverly Kozlowski

    I really loved this card. This is a great stamp set! Thanks for sharing the video, and especially demonstrating the alcohol markers!

  21. #75
    Debbie McKelvey

    Your card is beautiful. I love purple and this card is right up my alley. Loving this stamp set especially the sentiments.

  22. #79

    Every time I watch your card creation, I think to myself, I can do that! Thanks for the inspiration. Beautiful card!!

  23. #80

    Floral stamps are overflowing in my stamp collection but I have to have this stamp set. It is so adorable!

  24. #85
    barbara lassiter

    Thanks for filling us in with all the wonderful tips and techniques as you created this beautiful card. I don’t own the Copics, but these markers from Arteza might be some for me to check out. Having accumulated lots of coloring options over the years, I thought the Copics might just be taking it over the top! LOL!! This is a beautiful stamp set from this collaboration between Hero Arts and Pinkfresh Studio and it’s exciting and a great tribute that other companies honor Hero Arts in this way!

  25. #87
    Cynthia Berquist

    Cathy, I learn so much from you! This card is stunning! What a wonderful collaboration stamp set! Love the sentiment that you used! Definitely on my wishlist!

  26. #92
    Susan Carlson

    I agree – I love how this card turned out – simple but compelling! Great color choices & great coloring! Love the blending around the edges. Thanks!

  27. #93
    Elisa Hutt

    quick and lovely card! I appreciate the comparison of Arteza alcohol markers and Copic tips.

  28. #95

    Nice stamp set. Definitely would to win to add it to my stamp collection. Thanks for the chance to win. : )

  29. #96
    Helen F

    Your card is so beautiful, Cathy, and super eye-catching with your gorgeous colour choices. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring our creativity.

  30. #98
    Pat Gasko

    Awesome card, Love the purple color it makes the stamp set stand out without being over powering.

  31. #101
    Bev S

    Love, love, love your card! The colors are my favorite and love the stamp set too. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  32. #107
    Teri S.

    Your card is lovely Cathy & I enjoyed your video. These markers sound good. I have about 12 Copics that I’ve gotten with 50% off coupons from Michaels, but I don’t have enough to blend well together & the prices just keep going up. I’m going to look at the Arteza ones. AND, 8/18 is my birthday, so if I am fortunate enough to rec’v. a surprise email saying I’d won a prize, maybe I’ll be able to treat myself to the 60 pack. Ever live in hope…

  33. #109
    Mary Myers

    Beautiful card with an awesome sentiment! Love the colors/coloring!! Thanks so much Cathy!! 🙂

  34. #113
    Mary Holshouser

    Love the stamping in black and
    then coloring. Beautiful card.
    I gave my Copics away – never
    had good luck with them.
    thanks for sharing.

  35. #118
    Terrie D.

    Your card looks great! I love how you colored the images of this pretty stamp. 🙂 I hadn’t heard of these markers before; thanks for sharing!

  36. #124

    I keep telling myself “no more floral stamp sets”. And then this one comes along… it’s a must have. Love how you colored it!

  37. #129
    Deborah S

    Love the lilac and peach colors you chose (and your coordinating polish!). I also appreciate the video using the Arteza markers.

  38. #130

    Thanks for sharing your process using the Arteza markers Kathy. This stamp set is very beautiful and it is now on my wishlist.

  39. #131

    I love the colours chosen for this beautiful stamp set. The card base was perfect a colour match and it also complemented your nail color

  40. #135
    Viveca V.

    I enjoy your card making videos. They are always complete and efficient. You showcase how to use the products and produce such beautiful projects.

    I like this latest one, and so glad you chose Gina K.’s wild lilac. It frames the PFS/HA collaboration stamped images so well. Lovely!

  41. #136

    I love this stamp set. Such a gorgeous floral design. Many possibilities and great inspiration ! Thanks so much Hero Arts and Pinkfresh Studio!

  42. #137
    Cyndi Morris

    Gorgeous card. Thanks so much for sharing a coloring technique that I think I could actually do! I love the colors (that purple!), and this stamp set and sentiments are beautiful.

  43. #140
    Bonnie King

    Your coloring on this delicate stamp set is gorgeous. Loving all the “partner” sets in celebration of Hero Arts. And you are right – the price point on these markers is awesome! I, too, struggle a bit with brush tips – may have to give these Everblends a try. Thanks!

  44. #141
    Denise Ward

    Wonderful card, Cathy! I love the Wild Lilac background; it really brings out the colors of the flowers.
    I am very interested in these new markers you’ve found. I wish I could try them, but I checked and they are way out of my price range. Glad you found something that works so well for you, though. Your flowers look terrific!

  45. #155
    Deborah P

    Well, even though I have umpteen stamps that I haven’t even used yet, your card made this Pinkfresh stamp irresistible. Well, I resisted for maybe 24 hours, but then couldn’t any longer. I used the affiliate link through your video, so hope that worked for you. I bought other things while there (which I wouldn’t have if your card hadn’t influenced me), so I hope there’s some way you get credit for that too. 🙂

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