Today's video is by Stampin' Up! and it is about the Colour Lifter, Bronze and Ivory markers. The Stampin' Blends by Stampin' Up! are the brand new, fun to use, alcohol markers. There are so many techniques and ideas on using these markers, I am sure you will be able to find something that excites you and gives you some enjoyment.
The main thing to remember is that alcohol markers are made to blend together to give a seamless light to dark blending on a stamped image. The type of cardstock you use is very, very important. The Blends are made to soak into the paper and wait for the next layer of ink to be applied. If you don't have the correct paper, one of two things will happen:
#1 your ink will bleed beyond the stamped image
#2 you will not be able to blend the colours so they look natural
The next most important thing is to use Memento inks to stamp your image. Memento is a dye based ink which means it is water based. You need to have a different medium for your stamped image compared to the Blends alcohol markers so when you are colouring your image the Blends do not reactivate the ink from the image and blur it, or worse still, wick the ink up into the tip of your Blends marker and destroy it.
Stampin' Up!'s Whisper White cardstock has long been the go to paper for artists using alcohol inks. I did a lot of colouring with alcohol inks about 10 years ago and I tried out different papers and usually ended up with a smeared ugly image. I was very lucky to have a good friend (Hi Candy) show me how to blend correctly. They were invaluable lessons.
Also, do not use watercolour paper. This paper is made to really soak up any liquid medium and that is NOT what you want to do with alcohol markers. You want the ink to sink into the paper, yes, but you do not want it to be absorbed, it has to stay active and ready for the next layer. Watercolour paper will not do that, it soaks it up and makes it unblendable.
I am having a Colouring - All About Blends class on February 13th where we will learn 3 different ways to use and blend the Stampin' Blends markers. If you would like to join us, please EMAIL ME and we can make arrangements. If there is any interest, I am thinking about an online class where I will have some videos showing how to do the techniques.
Here is the video on the Colour Lifter, Ivory and Bronze markers ....
If the video disappears, CLICK HERE and you will find it again.
CLICK HERE to go to my online store for all the Stampin' Blends colours that are available. The whole bundle of markers plus the lifter is $162 (Canadian). You can get them for only $135 plus NO SHIPPING and NO TAX just by purchasing the most amazing bargain we have - the Starter Kit. The kit is entirely customizable so you can order the blends and save almost $65. EMAIL ME if you have any questions, or go to my WEBSITE and click on "Join The Fun".
This month when you order any bundle from the Occasions Catalogue you will receive a FREE package of 6x6 designer paper of your choice from me, plus your name on the draw board for a complete set of Stampin' Write Markers, plus you get to choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure! Links to the catalogue and brochure can be found on the right hand side of my blog up near the top.
Have a Crafty Day!