Coming November 1, 2017: BLENDS Alcohol Markers by Stampin’ Up!

I’m excited to announce BLENDS Alcohol Markers will be available from Stampin’ Up! In just a few days. As a demonstrator, I was able to order and play with them early and have been extremely happy with the results I’ve been getting as I learn to color with them.

I’ve always been a huge fan  of coloring stamped images, but never jumped into the use of alcohol markers. My first images colored with the Blends were these roses from the Graceful Garden Stamp set :

You can see a few of the alcohol markers that I used in the photo. I learned a lot about blending as I continued to play with the Blends. Playing with them is really the best way to get used to them.

I really enjoyed coloring these girls in the Christmas in the Making set.

You can tell that my coloring and highlights improved over time. From the first (lower left) to last (top left), I really started to learn a few basic tricks to create depth and variations in color. As I learn, I’ll try to share a few tips along the way. The biggest tip I can impart to anyone is to give them a try. Coloring with alcohol markers goes so much faster than other coloring methods I’ve used. I was reluctant to try them, but so glad I did!

Since they came loose, I had to get creative with storage. The entire set, plus a few Wink of Stella pens for that glittery touch, fit nicely in an empty Paper Pumpkin box.

Just a few things to keep in mind when using the new Blends:

  • Always have scratch paper under the images you are coloring. These markers have bleed, which promotes the blend ability of alcohol markers. You can ruin a table surface if you don’t protect it. I personally use scratch paper AND a magazine. Better safe with more buffer than sorry.
  • Larger areas are easier for practice than small and always remember bleed. Do not go up to the black line, stay slightly inside it. There will be bleed over the lines if you get too close. This is a learning curve. Thank goodness for the color lifter!
  • Most of the time it is easier to start with the darker shade and then blend into it with the light. The light colors actually have the ability to lift out a bit of the dark color helping it blend. Overlap of colors helps the blend.
  • Don’t feel your entire image has to have color. Leaving white spots adds highlights too.
  • Layering colors can create a new color. Try Old Olive & Bermuda Bay to create something very close to Emerald Envy. I’ll have to create a whole post for some of my other favorites, or we’ll be here all day!
  • Use Momento Ink as your stamped image ink. It won’t run.
  • practice, practice, practice 😀

I’ll stop there for now. I could really go on for some time about these Blends alcohol markers. Stampin’ Up! did their research and thoroughly tested them and they really knocked this release out of the park!

I can’t wait for customers to try them November 1.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Christmas in the Making Meets Lovely as a Tree

I am one happy camper when I can break out Stampin’ UP’s oldest current set Lovely as a Tree and pair it with a new set such as Christmas in the Making.

Today’s keep it basic ink to paper card features the stamp of the gorgeous ornament girl in the holiday release set Christmas in the Making.

Keep it basic are what I call cards which just have ink applied to paper.  (aka SIP:stamps ink paper) This creation is stamped onto Shimmery White cardstock, then colored with blender pens or straight markers, and clouds were created with torn paper and daubers (read below for more details).

How to create clouds with daubers & torn paper:

  1. Tear a scrap of tablet or printer paper to get rounded bubble and valley shapes.
  2. Start inking at the top of the sky and work down your cardstock. Apply your torn strip and add your favorite blue ink for the sky using daubers (substitute a cotton ball if you don’t have a dauber) and push from the torn paper towards the cardstock. Lightly adding color is best-you’ll notice you don’t need much.
  3. Move your paper down and change angle slightly to achieve variation in cloud shapes (or flip over your torn paper for a slight change).
  4. Repeat inking until your sky is complete.

Remember, you don’t need a lot of supplies to create something. You can always find ways to use what you have on hand and add new items to items you already own.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions or need help using Stampin’ UP! supplies you already own, feel free to ask me how something is done. If you aren’t making things with your purchases, I’d like to get you creating again.

Until next time…

-Joanne