card making :: stampin’ blends

A while ago, Stampin’ Up! came out with alcohol-based markers to use along with their stamp sets. Unfortunately they were only on the market for a short time as they discovered an issue with the manufacturer.  Alas, they’ve come up with a new line of them and I had the opportunity to try some of them out.  These dual-tip markers are being offered in 12 different colors and 2 shades (a light and a dark) within each color, plus a color lifter marker.  They’re a great way to color in stamped images where you want to see some use of shading.  I’ve paired them up with the “Floral Statements” stamp set to try them out.

There are some things to note before you get started on working with these markers.  You need to use a fade-resistant ink pad such as Memento so that the ink won’t smear as you color in an image. The markers may bleed through the paper that you’re coloring on, so be sure to put a piece of scratch paper underneath to protect your work surface.  And lastly, the ink will change a little bit as it dries.

I’m definitely not an expert when it comes to coloring in stamped images with markers (and believe me, there are people who are amazing at it!) so I just did a basic outline with the darker shade and then colored it in with the lighter marker.  I like how you can see a difference in the shading with very little effort.  For smaller flowers like this it’s a pretty simple way to add a little variety to a stamped image.

I kind of took prompts from the stamped image and used the darker shade wherever it was shaded in the stamped image, such as in the base of the rose image and leaves here.  There are some great tutorial videos on the Stampin’ Up! YouTube channel that show how to really take color blending to a new level with stamping so be sure to check those out.  I like how there are two sizes of tips to use on each marker depending on the size of the area you’re trying to color in.  And I like how there’s a wide variety of colors to choose from in the set.  I’m sure I’ll be using these when crafting holiday cards within the next couple of weeks!

Happy Crafting!

Supplies Used:

  • “Floral Statements” (#144701) stamp set – Stampin’ Up!
  • “Calypso Coral”, “Cherry Cobbler”, “Crumb Cake”, “Old Olive”, and “Rich Razzleberry” blends markers – Stampin’ Up!
  • coordinating cardstock – Stampin’ Up!
  • Memento ink pad – Tsukineko
  • twine
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