Rose Wonder Blends
In case you haven’t heard, Stampin’ Up! is bringing out a new line of alcohol markers – Stampin’ Blends. They won’t be available until toward the end of the year, but demonstrators can preorder them now. (There’s another reason to join my team of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.) The current collection includes markers in 12 of our exclusive Stampin’ Up! Core Colors, and each color comes in a light and a dark (so 24 markers). There are also two markers for skin tones – ivory and bronze, and a color lifter. The markers are not refillable, but you can purchase each marker separately.
I, of course, ordered all the markers and the color lifter as well as the card kit and stamp set that were also released this week. I played with them a little tonight, but since I didn’t have a huge amount of time, I opted to use an older stamp set – Rose Wonder – because it’s easy to watercolor.
It’s easy to get lots of shading and highlights with the different markers and the color lifter. Since this was my first time with the markers, I only used the Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blends for the flower and leaves. I can see that I need to go back and blend some of the lines a little better. My craft room is awesome, but the ceiling fan/light combo is on a dimmer with an LED bulb, and that’s a bad combination. At least that’s what the family electricians tell me. One day, I’ll pretend I’m going to change the switch from the dimmer to a “regular” one. After all, how hard can it be, right? You just turn off the breaker and match up the wire colors. (That should get someone to step in and take over really quickly.) During the day, it’s perfect, because I have windows on two sides so there’s lots of light. But at night with just the light on, it kind of flickers, so it’s a little difficult to see things like lines that need to be blended a little more.
After I finished coloring the rose, I colored the background with the lighter Pool Party marker. (I should probably order another one of those as soon as I can. I’m thinking it’s going to be used a lot!) Finally, I added the sentiment from All Things Thanks. It’s super crooked on purpose. I never get that stamp straight on the block, so it’s always a little off. I decided to just stamp it really crooked so it would look like it was supposed to be that way. I love the way it turned out, because the sentiment mimics the shape of the rose.
I’ll be sure to let you know when you can order the Stampin’ Blends. I know you’re going to love them.
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