Have you tried these amazing alcohol marker pens from Chameleon yet? Get the perfect blend every time in this article written by Margaret Brown...

I have used alcohol pens for many years and there is no right or wrong ways to colour with them everyone finds a way that is comfortable and works for them. So when I tried CHAMELEON PENS for the first time I played around until I became accustomed to the way they worked.

Each pen comes with a unit of blending alcohol which clicks together with the marker for easy storage, this fluid is used to infuse your pen nib which dilutes the ink giving you a graded colour. When the grading runs out and the natural colour of the pen shows then you infuse again.

At first I found it easier just to infuse for a count of 10-25-35 seconds and on a scrap card use the pen till it ran out of blender this way I could tell how long to infuse to get the desired results on my image. It wasn't long before I got used to the infusion and found it very easy to complete my image with just 2 pens. I used blue and green to work on my stamped Indigoblu ROSE BLUSH image which I stamped and embossed in silver and completed the colouring in just 20 minutes.

Finishing off with with a smooch of green and blue ink with sponges, I then matted and layered and added a sentiment embossed in silver and a toning infill. A very easy card to put together. I hope this encourages everyone to try these pens, the bonus is you don't need dozens to get a result and they are ideal for travelling or craft workshops.

After playing with them on different card stock I found they dried much better on a porous card the one I used was Sheena Stamping Card. I did try the pens on a gloss card but found the drying took a lot longer and it also tended to smudge because of the gloss finish of the card.


Nature Tones 5 Pen Set


22 Chameleon Pen Set


Rose Blush A6 Stamp


Solar White Neenah Card


Memento Ink Pad Set


"Hello everyone my name is Margaret but my crafting friends and friends call me MaggieB.  I live in the North East and have been paper crafting for over 30 years. I have dabbled with many different mediums, I love die cutting, stamping and inking, alcohol colouring, water colouring, cd crafting, calligraphy and brush lettering to name but a few. Over the years I have supplied many shops and post offices with my cards and also taught crafting. I now prefer a quieter life and make cards for my regular customers, family and friends. My craft space is never empty there is always a pile of to do cards to get started on, each one being so different from the last."