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

You’ve Got Style Mrs. Claus

I wonder how much Santa & the elves would be accomplishing at this time of year without the gentle nudge (big push!) from Mrs. Claus.

In today’s post we learn how to celebrate Christmas Mrs. Claus style!  How to create her from the You’ve Got Style stamp set ( see below) by Stampin’ UP! Plus, how to use that embossing paste to create dimensional fur on the stylish coat Mrs. Claus is sporting.

I always like to stretch the use of sets beyond the original and immediate planned use. This set didn’t speak to me at first, but later I realized the multiple uses for the elements in the set. Sometimes with a few simple alterations, a stamp can become something entirely different.

Turn the fur coat woman into Mrs. Claus:

After you stamp this woman from the You’ve Got Style stamp set, you will need to draw a few lines to create the pom-pom part of the Christmas hat. It’s very easy, as you see in the diagram below.

You can also draw in lines to widen her legs, then color in the entire “x” area with black marker.

After you Color her in, why not add texture paste to mimic fur? What worked well for me was using a q-tip dipped in the container and patting into the areas of the stamp where I wanted the fur effect.

I think the real Mrs. Claus celebrates with her husband (Santa) and a glass of her favorite beverage. She’s got to be a sweet but sassy woman to deal with all those elves AND her husband leaving her every year for a trip around the world, dropping down chimneys and eating all those goodies while she sits at home waiting for his return. I’m certain she celebrates. Don’t you agree?

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

A Sparkling technique with the stamp set Helping Me Grow

The two cards today are both made from the Helping me Grow stamp set. They are very simple cards to stamp and make and yet provide a big punch because they are colored with the Clear Wink of Stella used as a brush with  various inks.  In person it gives a dazzling effect and I continue to make these and others like them because every recipient comments on the sparkling effect.

It is hard to capture the sparkle, but here you can get just a bit of an idea of how fantastic it is:

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When using the Clear Wink of Stella as a coloring medium, you must remember it deposits glitter wherever the pen/brush is used.  So, do not color straight from your ink pad. You don’t want it all glittery! Instead, tap your ink pad to your acrylic stamp block to create a painters palette.  In addition to keeping your ink pads free of glitter, you can combine inks to form variations in colors for your flowers as I did in the second (flirty flamingo) card below. Plus, when you are finished you just rinse & dry and the block is clean.

The ‘coloring’ itself is just like using a paintbrush.  Simply add the color by touching the Wink of Stella to the ink and add to the area you wish to color.  You can even add layers of color.  This medium dries quickly, so you do not need to set it aside and wait.  Plus the color stays where you put it.

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  • Card stock: Peekaboo Peach & Smoky Slate
  • Inks: Peekaboo Peach, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Basic Grey Archival
  • Other: Clear Wink of Stella, Acrylic Block F, Snail adhesive

 

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  • Card stock: Flirty Flamingo & Smoky Slate
  • Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Basic Grey Archival
  • Other: Clear Wink of Stella, Acrylic Block F, Snail adhesive

Imagine the possibilities of ‘painting’ or ‘coloring’ with the Clear Wink of Stella and any Stampin’ Up! Inks.

In case you are still wondering, just a couple swipes on a scrap paper removes the color so you can easily change color or return to the regular clear version.  All the Stampin’ Up! regular collection (water based) inks work this way.

You may wish to refrain from using pigment, alcohol based, & archival inks for this technique.  This includes: Stampin’ Up! White, Blacks (all versions), and basic grey. They may leave your bristles discolored or not spread ink well.   But, I can’t say I didn’t try 🙂

Do you have ideas how you are going to use this technique?

Have fun & experiment.  If you like sparkle, I think you’ll really like the results.

Until next time…

-Joanne