I love the Stampin Blends, add that to Wacky Wednesday and you get Stampin Blends Tips and Tricks. Let’s start with the basic.
Stampin’ Blends Tips and Tricks
- Use with Memento Tuxedo black ink AND allow the ink to dry before coloring. Otherwise, you will have bleeding of your colors. I do not think you want to mix black with Daffodil Delight.
- New Blends may bleed through your card stock. Be smart about what is under your card stock when coloring. I recommend using the Stampin’ Up grid paper under your work.
- Alcohol inks may bleed outside the edges. You may not need to color right up to the very edge of the stamped image. Leave it room to expand a little.
- Use the color lifter to remove any colors “outside”the lines, to lighten areas for more shading or to remove color for a sharper contrast. Remember the lifter is alcohol based and wet, so you may need to work in. different area and let it dry when try to remove some of the color.
- Stampin Blends are alcohol based. Alcohol ink dries quickly – work in small areas of your stamped image at a time. Keep the cap on tight. Press the cap firmly until you hear it click!
- Use a light touch when coloring. Only a small amount of pressure is needed. This will protect the tips from spreading and getting too wide.
- Use either Light Smoky Slate or Light Crumb cake for creating shadows.
- Use Bronze, Ivory or Light pink for skin tones (the color lifter can adjust to desired tone). Also remember you can go over the area twice to darken up the skin tones.
- Experiment – Play! Stamp assorted images and simply experiment with coloring, color combination, light over dark, dark over light. Find what works for you.
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- Experiment with Stampin Blends on other surfaces such as ceramics, over store purchased chalk art, wood, embellishments, ribbon, baker twine, vellum, etc
- If using with embossed images do not rub the brush tip over the raised surface to protect tips.
- Stampin’ Up recommended to store Stampin Blend markers flat.
- While Whisper White cardstock is recommended but experiment with Stampin’ UP!s very vanilla, glossy, cardstock vellum, neutral cardstocks like smoky slate and crumb cake.
- Extra Color Lifters – I personally have chosen to invest in a few extra color lifters and have designated them for lifting color from “reds” “blue/greens” “browns” “yellows” . This prevents smearing one color over another.
- Put your name on your Stampin Blends before taking they out of your craft room. Everybody is going to have these wonderful markers and you do not want too confuse your makers with someone else markers.
Stampin Blends for coloring overlay. See how the plant does not cover all of her dress. This an overlay coming. Tips and tricks for this kind of coloring is to color only the parts that show. Do not color the whole area, otherwise the plant will look like it is growing on her dress. Leaving white places to fill in with other colors is a good thing
Example of blending with different colors
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More Stampin Blends Tips and Tricks
Let’s take a look at some colors. All of the samples below are stamped with Tuxedo black Memento ink. It was allowed to dry before I started to color. Everyone has their own technique. Me? I like to put down a thin layer of light then go back and shadow with the dark. Once this is done, I use the light to blend the colors. This will prevent streaking and sharp line colors. Notice how it does not matter what color, Stampin Blends work in combination with their light and dark shades.
This brings me to another tip. Should you purchase individual colors or purchase them in a combo pack? After working with several customers that have trouble remember what colors they have, I say always get the combo pack. Now you do not need to remember if you purchased the light Bermuda Bay or dark one. Wonder why they are sold separately? That’s easy. When you leave the cap off and the dark Old Olive dries out; you can simply replace the one.
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