Don’t go anywhere – I’m sharing my top TIPS and a photo tutorial for beginner colouring with Stampin Blends today!
Have you shied away from getting these markers, thinking they’re too hard or confusing to use? Well, get your ordering fingers ready! After you see my step by step photo tutorial, you’re going to order up a bunch.
Here’s why I love these awesome alcohol markers. They
- come in 36 true-to-tone vibrant Stampin’ Up! colours
- take almost NO TIME to dry
- blend together like a dream
What’s the Secret?
Really only three simple things.
While other cardstocks do work, I’ve found after lots of experimenting the thick Whisper White to be about the best. Why?
It gives crisp images with the least amount of bleeding. Other choices would be Thick Very Vanilla, Shimmery White and then some of the coloured cardstocks: Crumb Cake like, Smoky Slate and Sahara Sand I’ve found to give me good results too.
THE ink to use? Tuxedo Black Memento ink. It drys perfectly, is a solid black and doesn’t bleed.
Do not use StazOn ink. It is alcohol based so it will bleed. Also your regular dye based inks can work but you need to test them first. To do this, just stamp an image then run a line of your Stampin Blend through it. If it bleeds, not a good one!
Let me give you the steps I’ve found work best for me so you can learn beginner colouring with Stampin Blends too. Plus further down I’ve condensed my top TIPS for professional results right away!
Beginner Colouring with Stampin Blends
1.Stamp your image onto a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Let dry slightly.
2. First lay down your light colour in the combo over the entire colouring area.
3. Then while that colour is still drying, add in touches of your darker colour around the edges, along the image detail lines and anywhere else you want to create shadows.
4. Pick up your light marker again and pull the edges of the darker colour out into the lighter area. This blends the two colours together so you don’t see a line of colour.
5. Move onto your next area of colouring and repeat steps 2 – 4.
Jo’s Top TIPS for Colouring with Stampin Blends
- To be even more assured your ink is dry before you start to colour, give your stamped image a short shot with your heat tool.
- Use a combination of the brush tip and bullet tip depending on the size of your image.
- You just need to use a light touch when colouring with either tip but most especially when using the brush tip end of the marker. You’ll keep the tip in better shape and it will last you a long time.
- The ink will dry a touch lighter. So when you are blending in steps 3 and 4 above, note it will look a little smoother when it dries.
- You can go back into a colour and blend it more after it dries. HOWEVER, note that you CAN over-blend and pill the paper if you try and blend it too much – less is more here!
- Combine different colours for details. Take a peek at the flower centres where I touched in Petal Pink.
- Experiment with creating your own colour combos. I love how Crumb Cake melds with Smoky Slate here for a realistic looking branch.
Like to see Stampin Blends in a video? Watch my Alcohol Markers for Beginners video!
And if you liked this card, you’re going to also love this one with the so cute Animal Outing set.
Now It’s Your Turn!
If you’ve been avoiding purchasing Stampin Blends because they’re too hard give them a try! You will love how they blend for gorgeous colouring. Add them to your own stash by clicking on any of them here.Beginner Colouring with Stampin Blends
Share Some of YOUR Tricks Too!
Glad you could stop by today.
I’d love to hear some of your tried and true tricks for these super alcohol markers too. What beginner colour with Stampin Blends tips can you share with everyone – leave me a comment?