Come to Gather and Getting Started with Stampin Blends

If you haven’t yet tried colouring with Stampin’ Up!’s alcohol markers, you’ll be ordering yourself a set once you’ve read my posts this week! I’m featuring these great colouring tools all week so you can pick up some of my tried and true tips.

Come to Gather and Getting Started with Stampin Blends

Sneak Peek! Come to Gather

Want to see how quick and easy Stampin’ Blends are to make a fabulous fall card using the new Come to Gather stamps in the Holiday Catalogue?

Oh So EASY Come to Gather and Getting Started with Stampin Blends

Let’s take a closer look at how you might consider getting started with Stampin Blends.

What You Need to Know About Blends

Your Ink Pad DOES Make a Difference

When it comes to alcohol markers, your ink must have NO alcohol in it. So StazOn? Not a good choice. If you use it, you’ll see lots of smearing and blurring which is probably not the look you’re going to love.

Our Tuxedo Black Memento pad is perfect. It’s a nice crisp black, stays true when coloured with blends and won’t move once you’ve laid it down. TIP: The only exception to this is if you use the Color Lifter Blends. It WILL remove some of the black and cause it to get blurry if you use it directly on top of the black.

Some of our Classic inks WILL stay true. Here’s a quick TIP for how to tell.

  1. Stamp your image with your Classic ink colour of choice.
  2. Run your Color Lifter Stampin’ Blends across it a couple times and let it dry.
  3. Check to see if any blurring has occurred. If it has, this colour is not the best choice. If it’s nice and crisp, go ahead and use it.

Start With a Few Colours and Work Your Way Up

When you’re just starting out with Blends, you want to consider

  1. What are my favourite colours?
    1. Are you a cool colour person like blues, greens and grays
    2. Or do the warm tones appeal to you more like browns, oranges and yellows?
    3. Are bright colours your thing or do you prefer subtle tones?
  2. What types of cards do I make the most?
    1. Celebrations with lots of cute birthdays for kids and congratulations?
    2. Or thinking of you, wedding and sympathy?

Then restrain yourself! Don’t get every colour in the rainbow. Select a handful, maybe 3 or 4 plus some neutrals like Crumb Cake or Smoky Slate and start playing. Click here to see all the beautiful colour choices available.

Such a SIMPLE Card with Come to Gather and Getting Started with Stampin Blends

For my card today, seeing as we’re heading into fall and these seasonal colours are in my top 10 right now, I pulled out my warmer tones with a green thrown in.

I’ve got 4 colour combos. Old Olive, Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze. These give my card a more subdued and earthy feel.

Fall Stampin Blends MUST HAVES

What Kind of Paper Should I Use?

In our Stampin Up! world, there is a king of cardstock for your Stampin Blends. And it’s Thick Whisper White. So if you’re just starting out, you can’t go wrong with a package of that. Psst…I’ve got a whole blog post coming up on just this topic too😉!

However I so like to experiment too so today I’ve tried Crumb Cake. it is one of my faves and I first used it on this super simple Christmas card and video.

A word of caution: One thing that happens is your ink WILL bleed through to the other side. While it’s not completely saturated, just know this will occur. TIP: It makes sense to have your main coloured image matted onto another piece of cardstock so you don’t see the backside.

Less Is More

When you’re colouring you want to try and stay WITHIN the lines of the image. Actually try to not even touch the lines (which is hard to do) if you can but go RIGHT next to them. The ink will probably spread out a little bit anyway.

On today’s card, I DID colour right to the lines, and since I used Crumb Cake paper, you can see my colour bled outside the lines. With this design, I actually – gasp! – wanted that look so I had shadows below the image. Take a peek.

I ADORE this Come to Gather and Getting Started with Stampin Blends

Let’s Get You Started!

Hold off no longer! Get ready for fall with these top earthy toned blends. Add them to your own stash by clicking on any of them here.

Getting Started with Stampin Blends

Don’t Forget the Inside

Come to Gather and Getting Started with Stampin Blends from Stampin' Up!

It’s always fun to open the card and have a surprise element, like these coloured pumpkins. One note: t

Thank You

Thanks for popping in today. I hope there were a couple tidbits you can use in your own colouring with alcohol markers.

And I hope you enjoyed your sneak peek into this lovely new stamp set coming soon in the Holiday Catalogue. Come to Gather and getting started with Stampin Blends is a fun way to jump start your seasonal crafting.

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