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.

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card making :: creating opaque white surfaces

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Have you ever tried Liquid Applique?  I use it to create an opaque result when coloring in a stamped image.  Check out what happens when you apply heat to it:

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Pretty neat, huh?!  It works great on cloud-like images too.

Happy crafting!

step away from the stamps … slowly, slowly …

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In an effort to try to be less “stamp heavy” with card designs, I’ve been trying to come up with ways to use other materials that may be more commonly found around the house or office.  I realize that not everyone owns stamps and that shouldn’t discourage people from wanting to be crafty: there are so many other ways to express creativity without breaking the bank to buy supplies that you may not use much later down the line.

So instead of complicated card designs that involve rubber stamping, here are a few ideas that are fast and simple to pull together in mere minutes.  You could even incorporate the help of your little ones while you’re at it: they can help tear washi tape, pick out the color of the balloon, or select the marker colors you should use.

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product review: stampin’ up blendabilities markers

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I’m so lucky to have a friend who is also a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up.  Demonstrators get to try out new products before the new catalog goes live and the general public can order things online.  So as you can imagine, I was super giddy to be able to try out these new Blendabilities markers!  {insert crafty nerd giggle here}  And I had the perfect stamp to pair them with too: a large dahlia.

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These markers that were created for shading and blending and I did a small comparison to Copic markers.  They have a dual tip so they’re great for coloring in both small and large areas.

ETA 11/2017: I’ve been informed that these were discontinued due to an issue with the manufacturer (boo!).  Stampin’ Up! has come out with some new ones though – check them out here!