My latest Stampin’ Up! order includes lots of new colours of Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers and I can’t wait to get them. I love how easy they are to use and I’m looking forward to having even more options for my crafting very soon.
Today for my simple Sunday project I decided to play with my existing Stampin’ Blends and discovered what happens when you keep colouring over the same area of vellum.
So here is a piece of the block design from the Graceful Glass 6″ x 6″ Designer Vellum which reminds me of works by the dutch artist Piet Mondrian. I used 6 colours of Stampin’ Blends to colour the vellum; Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler, each one in just the dark option.
I really wanted the colours to be bold so I went back to each area 4 or 5 times and found that because vellum is not very porous the layers of colour stopped being smooth, but instead created an interesting textured look. Rather than thinking I’d made a mistake I decided to accentuate the effect by adding a narrow border around the inside of each area using the same colours (it’s most obvious in the largest blue section).
At this point I thought it would make a great bookmark so I used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut a 2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Thick Whisper White Card and attached the vellum to it with Tear & Tape Adhesive, adding extra pieces of tape across the top of the card strip.
Once the vellum was firmly attached I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to shape the top (the extra Tear & Tape Adhesive meant that the vellum was still attached all the way around the ribbon slot), then the bottom corners were rounded with the Detailed Trio Punch.
Finally I threaded a loop of Black 1/8″ Cord through the slot at the top, pulled the cut ends through the loop and held everything in place with a Mini Glue Dot under the cord above the slot.
So if you were hoping for a project featuring perfectly blended alcohol marker colouring, then I’m afraid I failed. However, if like me you believe that art is what you make it (even when it doesn’t turn out exactly as you expected) then maybe this didn’t turn out so bad after all.