What I love most about Stampin’ Blends markers is that they make it quick and easy to color in an image and they make me look like I’m better at coloring than I really am!

Sweet Sorbet card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Sweet Sorbet: 4″ x 5-1/4″ embossed with the Pretty Flowers embossing folder

 

Stampin’ Blends are alcohol-based markers from Stampin’ Up! and the alcohol part means that they are permanent. They have two tips: a brush tip and a bullet tip. I prefer the brush tip and use it the most.

 

In this video, I’m going to show you three different ways that I used Stampin’ Blends on the card above and give you tips that will help you look like a coloring pro too!

1) Stamp an image in black ink and color it in

As I’ve done with the flower on this card. Because these are alcohol markers you’ll want to stamp with a water-based black ink like the Memento pad.

Let your image set for at least 30 seconds before you start coloring so that your image doesn’t smear.

I’ve found that it works best for me if I start by coloring in the image with the lighter Stampin’ Blends marker first – each color comes in a 2 pack of light and dark markers – and then add the dark marker into areas where a shadow might fall or honestly, wherever I just want it to be darker. On a flower that’s usually the inside base of the petals. As the ink dries, it will blend together and change the look a bit. You can always go back in and add more ink later if you want to.

Don’t overthink it!

2) Stamp an image in any color classic ink and color it in

Classic Stampin’ Pads from Stampin’ Up! are water-based so they work well with the alcohol-based Stampin’ Blends markers.

I’ve stamped these leaves with Parakeet Party and am going to color them in with the Parakeet Party Stampin’ Blends markers. Again, starting by coloring them all in with the LIGHT marker and then adding a little shading at the base of the leaves with the DARK marker.

3) Color your ribbon

The White Crinkled Seam Binding works great for this. Just run your marker across the ribbon and wow, look at that! Let it dry for a minute so the ink doesn’t rub off on your fingers or your project.

You can also color other embellishments like rhinestones or pearls.

Do you have any additional tips for using Stampin’ Blends markers? Share them in the comments so we can all learn from each other!

Happy Stamping!

Jessica

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