Today I’m sharing a blog post about coloring with Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Up!’s premier alcohol markers. I am so enjoying coloring with the Stampin’ Blends!!
Wow! They work so well for coloring stamped images. There are no start and stop lines like water-based markers. The ink coverage is smooth, and it’s so easy to blend colors with these markers.
Each Stampin’ Blend marker has two tips, a brush tip and a bullet tip. Use the brush tip for coloring larger images and the bullet tip for details.
Here’s a card sample from the Color Me Happy project kit. The Pool Party marker was used to color in the word “thank”. You can see how smooth the ink coverage is.
The markers come in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, each with a light and dark shade, which makes them perfect for shading stamped images. Can you see the shading with the dark markers around the bird outline and wings on this bird themed Color Me Happy card?
Here’s another card that shows how the light and dark markers can create shading around the flower edges. (This card is also from the Color Me Happy kit.)
Here’s a shading tip for you: Stampin’ Up! makes it easy to determine where the darker areas of the image should be. If you look at the flowers above, there are narrow line areas and wider open areas. The narrow line areas are where the darker colors would be found.
Check out this image I colored from the Beautiful You stamp set. Do you see where the dark lines are? Those are the areas where I added the darker color marker, as suggested from the stamped lines in the image.
My fourth Color Me Happy card sample shows how the Color Lifter tool can be used.
Do you see how the centers of the lanterns are lighter than the outer edges? That effect was made with the Color Lifter. If you look at the Pumpkin Pie lanterns you can really see how the lifter has been used.
TIP: The Color Lifter really doesn’t “lift” the color, but instead moves the alcohol ink around. It’s a great tool to fix “coloring outside the lines” mistakes. Use the lifter and “push” the oops ink back toward the color area.
Well, that’s a brief overview the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. If you are interested in purchasing any of the markers, they can be found in my online store.
I hope you’ve seen that coloring with Stampin’ Blends markers couldn’t be easier!!