I was talking with a customer recently about Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers and the expanding range of colours that are now available. During our chat I happened to mention that she could use any of the Stampin’ Up! Classic Stampin’ Pads to stamp her images. This came as a surprise to her, and it occurred to me that this might be a fact that’s not widely known. It also got me thinking about the two types of marker sold by Stampin’ Up!
So for today’s project I want to show just one way to combine Stampin’ Blends and Stampin’ Write Markers on a project.
I began with the Tea Together Stamp Set from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue. I love the little poem and decided that should be the focal point of my card.
So using Tuxedo Black ink I stamp it onto some Whisper White Card. Then I took it to my Big Shot and Magnetic Platform and cut it out using the #2 square die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits (counting from the smallest up).
Finally I mounted the sentiment onto a piece of Poppy Parade Card with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) and set it aside.
TWO TYPES OF MARKER
Now I could get to work on the main card design starting with two layers of Whisper White Card and a Whisper White Medium Envelope.
Using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped three of the small flowers from the Tea Together Stamp Set across the bottom right corner of one of the layers, and the front of the envelope. Then I stamped lots more flowers from corner to corner on the other layer of card to create a kind of floral sash.
Next I coloured all the flowers using the light and dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends. The centres came next coloured with light and dark Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends. Finally I coloured the leaves with light and dark Old Olive.
Colouring with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers is lovely but the fact that they blend so easily can also be a problem at times. What if you want to add some small details? Well that’s where Stampin’ Write Markers come in.
You see, Stampin’ Up!’s Classic Stampin’ Pads and Stampin’ Write Markers are water-based. So, like Tuxedo Black and all the other ink pads sold by Stampin’ Up! (except StazOn and Craft Whisper White) they’re not affected by the alcohol in the Stampin’ Blends.
That meant that I could add clusters of tiny dots to the flower petals using the fine tip of my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and they wouldn’t blend in. Why hadn’t I thought of this before!
With the sentiment and layers done, I was now ready to start putting it all together.
I decided on Thick Whisper White Card for the base, cut and scored using my Stampin’ Trimmer. Then I folded the card along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next I took my main stamped layer and wrapped a piece of Whisper White 5/8″ Flax Ribbon around the centre. I secured the ribbon on the back with Tear & Tape Adhesive and then fixed the layer to some Poppy Parade Card with liquid glue.
After that I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the assembled layer to the card base and then added the sentiment.
Finally I used liquid glue to fix the remaining Whisper White layer to the inside of the card and I was done.
STAMPIN’ BLENDS AND…
So the moral of this tale is,
- If you want to colour using Stampin’ Blends you can stamp your image using any ink that does not include alcohol – so any of the 50 Classic Stampin’ Pads from Stampin’ Up!, plus Memento Tuxedo Black.
- When you want to add fine details to images coloured with Stampin’ Blends use water-based pens and markers – so any of the 51 Stampin’ Write Markers from Stampin’ Up!
- Wink of Stella Glitter Brush is water-based so it can be used over Stampin’ Blends colouring. However, Wink of Stella may cause the stamped outline or Stampin’ Write Marker details to bleed. So if you want to use Wink of Stella, add it to your Stampin’ Blends image before you add any extra details, and take care to avoid the stamped outlines. Then just wait for the Wink of Stella to dry completely before finishing off your project with those fine details.
Well our latest snowstorm has just started, so I’m off to spend the day in my craft studio. As much as I say I’m tired of winter, it gives me a great excuse to stay in and create.
Did you know that there’s a set of Framelits Dies that coordinate with the Tea Together Stamp Set? They’re not available for sale until June 3rd, BUT you can get them for free during Sale-A-Bration. Simply place an order for $120 (before shipping and taxes) and then select the Tea Time Framelits as your free item