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Ok, I haven't been on here for ages but Stampin' Up! Has recently noted production problems with their Blendabilities and I thought that I would throw out what I've been doing when "I must not have capped my blendability tight enough" ... or for some other reason they are dry...
I remoisten the brush tip with (shhh!) Copic Various ink 0 Colorless blender. Maybe 1/4 teaspoon or so and I usually add a drop or two of the corresponding SU regular refill just in case it would lighten the color. The dark Cherry Cobbler I rescued a month ago is still matching the chart I made when it was brand new last year. I usually put a little in a small plastic cover placed in a larger glass so the pen can lean against the larger glass.
I think that the refill ink is more important if the the blendie ink is actually used up. If it is just dry you could get away with just the various ink. It may be lighter at first but the color will eventually come back though it may take a day or two.
No guarantees but I've used this quite a few times. I even tried to lighten some of the darker markers though they don't really stay lightened for long.
Here is unedited photo of one of the cards that might have helped helped dry up the Cherry Cobbler Blendability. Unedited because I can't edit photos when using my iPad with typepad. The borders use the stacked with love DSP. Love that stuff.
This is also one of about 20 designs we used to make sure all 90+ residents where I work received a handmade Valentine last month. Fun project with a great team!
One of my downline, Liz, and I got together a few weeks ago to stamp cards before she set up her annual booth at the Stevens County Fair. Here are a few of the cards I made while she was here:
This card is a spin off of one of my earlier cards. I flipped the sketch, substituted the new All Abloom paper stack and added a few punch outs from the DSP along with the message and butterfly from Kinda Eclectic.
I had to wake Liz up in the morning by letting her know that the flamingo from her Flamingo Lingo set was partying with me ... without her. Look what we were up to:
I just love how these paper stacks blend!
I stamped quite a bit with Sweetbrair Rose. (Though we looked up both the flamingo and the rose for zoological and botanical correctness I proceeded take artistic license with both.)
This rose is so elegant it doesn't really need to be colored...
But then again it was really made for coloring. This one was watercolored with an Aquapainter and the lids of my ink pads. I'm pretty sure I stamped the image with Smokey Slate for a softer look.
Nuts About You, a hostess set, had me kind of stumped until I decided try in with black and then sponge a background. If I remember right I used Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, CAlypso Coral and Blushing Bride. Liz has the original so I hope she jumps in to comment if I need correcting.
That's all for this post. I'll try to stop back to post the others soon!
White Frosting on Baked Brown Sugar - well that does sound more inviting than "I'm just playing catch up". This is the design I used for Mother's Day cards this year. It is a remake of a tease I posted earlier for Paper Crafters. This version features Flower Shop and Petite Petals flowers.
I love to use Baked Brown Sugar with white. And I sorely miss that ruffled ribbon in the current catalog.As you will see in future posts, I'm still experimenting with different photo spots. I had one that was perfect during daylight hours and then I lost it when we redecorated last winter. Now I'm experimenting with settings, devices, and software/apps in hopes of streamlining the posting process. Time will tell...
Like many others, now that we've seen THE LIST of retiring stamps and accessories, I'm anxious to see the new Stampin' Up! catalog. And, I'll get my chance next Monday when I attend the Eagan, MN Catalog Premier with one of my downline, Annette Elliott. Aside from all of the other new things I'm especially interested in learning more about the new alcohol markers, Blendabilities.
In fact... I'm so excited about these that I couldn't wait and last week I studied Kim's list of Stampin' Up! comparible colors at Joyful Creations with Kim and went to pick out a few retired Stampin' Up colors in Copics so that I could play around. Summer Sun, Sage Shadow, Poppy Parade, River Rock and the soon to be retired Midnight Muse are a few of my favorites so I started with a small collection around those, just getting the smaller, less expensive, Ciao markers.
I stamped a few images in Memento Black ink onto Whisper White, White Naturals, Barely Banana (retired) and Shimmery White cardstock, grabbed my new toys and headed upstairs to color and watch/listen to a rerun on TV with my husband:
OK, I confess. A couple of them were actually colored a few nights later when I played around with using the Colorless Blender (not the same as our Blender Pens) to get lighter colors:
Here is a close-up of the only one that is finished, so far:
Some of the things I've learned so far:
I still have a lot more to learn ... Maybe a Copics class, especially since Debbie Olson is practically coming to my neighborhood in a few weeks...
I've heard that Whisper White isn't good to use with Copics but with my little bit of experience it was definitely doable. The main image on the card above is on Whisper White. All of the papers I tested worked.
I think that pretty much all of the images I colored will be good enough to end up on a card so success is possible with alcohol marker just out of the "box".
You can play with these with just a few colors. I used 3 colors on this card. Golden Yellow, Lipstick Red, and Light Prawn. (When I looked at the colors in the store the suggested Poppy Parade color just looked too orange, so I went with the Real Red color which will probably be close to the dark shade in the Calypso Coral Blendabilities trio.)
I have traditionally favored Stampin' Up!'s lighter marker colors and have used them in layers to get shading with the same marker. With my current skills, this isn't quite as easy to do - and maybe isn't what alcohol markers are meant to do. What they easily do well is give solid coverage of an image without streaks.
It takes a little work to lighten these colors. While you can lift color with the Colorless blender, I found it a little more manageable to color with the markers on a plastic bag and then use the colorless blender. I'm really curious to see the lighter shades of the Blendabilities trios.
Again, see # 1.
PS. The Happy Birthday message is stamped with Countless Sayings 2, one of Stampin' Up!s photopolymer stamp sets, something else we will be seeing more of in the new catalog. I sure hope this one makes it in the big book!
Here's hoping you are getting some beautiful spring weather! At least where I live in Minnesota we are getting April showers instead of snow showers.
This really just started out as a practice sheet for coloring the Life in the Forest animals. I thought I would trim it down but didn't want to part with any of the images so it turned into a square card.
It's certainly been a while since I have posted. Without too much chatter I'll start trying to catch up on some cards I did back in December and January that have been popular at a few events I've held:
This ruffled ribbon is so easy to use and has been a popular bonus item with my customers.
These next two cards feature one of my (many) favorites from the Occasions Catalog: So Very Grateful. Though the floral images aren't necessarily designed to work with any specific framelit set it plays nicely with quite a few of them!
Most of the coloring I've done on these cards is with markers and maybe a few strokes with the Aqua- painter.
I'll try to be back soon with a few more shots. I've been redecorating and have lost some of my go-to card staging spots. I'll keep experimenting.
Today Stampin' Up's 2014 Occasions Catalog goes live and it's a great mix of trendy and traditional goodies to inspire your creativity.
Here is a (somewhat shadowy -the card was for a NYE birthday and it' the only photo I have) shot of a birthday card I made with the Geometrical Bundle, a stamp set with triangle punch, plus one of the Retro Fresh papers. I was trying out our new mantle as a photo setting. It might take a little more practice before that is a good place to shoot photos of my cards. Anyway:
The triangles were embossed with Pool Party embossing powder which blends perfectly with the lighter shades of the Coastal Cabana featured in the DSP.
A message from one of my favorite word sets, One in a Million, and basic pearls are all it took to finish off this card.
Here is a shot of all the Retro Fresh papers along with some of the coordinating ribbons and card stock:
You can see the whole 2014 Occasions Catalog at my online store.
Just a quik post to see how this works from my iPhone. I just love how the white embossed snowflakes from Festive look on Baked Brown Sugar card stock.
OK, I did come back to my laptop to edit but I seriously like this. I could send my photo directly the draft post and easily edited it from within the post. I'm doing a happy dance! I could have even dictated the post via Siri but "she" doesn't seem to get that Baked Brown Sugar is supposed to be capitalized.
It's been a busy fall but my favorite winter stamping season is approaching and I couldn't resist preordering a few (not!) of the inspiring products in the upcoming Occasions catalog that goes live in less than a month.
Before my order arrived I had already planned to try Life in the Forest for a Christmas card and decided to use this week's challenge "out on a limb" to get me going:
The card base is White Naturals as are the colored layers.
A few lines at the base of the trees with an Early Espresso marker give the illusion of snow.
I used a base of Wild Wasabi (Aquapainter plus ink pad) with a touch of Garden Green shadow for the trees.
Confession time: I ordered Christmas Messages from the Holiday catalog mostly because of this "All I want for Christmas is You" greeting. Just cute! Pistachio Pudding Marker gave just the right hint of green in outlined Christmas word. Oh yeah the fox is watercolored with Cajun Craze..
What do you think of the Scalloped Tag Topper punch? Just slide in a scant 2" wide strip fo card stock and you have any length tag you want. I edged the tag ever so slightly with my Early Espresso marker. That and the ever present but hidden dimensionals help the tag pop off the page.
A Naturals Designer button is tied up with Early Espresso Baker's Twine to finish off the tag.
PS: the other greetings from Christmas Messages are awesome too. I'll post Some Festive Flurry cards with this greeting set as soon as I figure out how to transfer them from my iphone to my laptop. I gave up the flip phone and I'm still getting used to using a smart phone. I must say it is fun to have your camera also play Christmas music!
Well, that's it for now. We're off to see if we can find a Christmas tree.
Yippee! October 25 is the actual date of Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary and that means another great celebratory special. From October 22 -28 you can choose from 25 sets and buy them at a 25% discount. While I already have several of the sets, a few of them are still on my wish list so they will soon join my collection. Here is one:
I used my downline, Joey's, Gorgeous Grunge set for most of the stamping on this little treasure. Though I often order clear mount, I'm going to order this one in wood because I just know these stamps will get a work out on many different projects. I'll appreciate having them ready to go on wood mounts when I decide at the last minute that a little bit of grunge is what a card or other project needs.
The colors (Pool Party, Basic Gray, Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake) from the Epic Day Collection.
The Petite Pairs message is stamped on Epic Day washi tape from that collection.
The subtle bit of lace is done with the Viola's Lace builder wheel. Because I wasn't looking for an absolutely perfect lace image I just rolled the builder wheel onto the ink pad without bothering to put it into the handle. I got exactly the look I was after.
Check out all the sets that you can get for 25% off on my Stampin' Up! website. Click on the picture below and it will take you to images of the sets along with the discounted price. Remember this special runs through October 28th. The link will not work after that date. Like always you can order from my website 24/7.
If you would like to add your order to my online order please use hostess code VFHRSXWK. Everyone who places a $50 order with me during this promotion can choose one of my Bonus Rack sets for free, shipping included! See the Bonus Rack for VFHRSXWK link at the top of my blog.
Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. Time to reflect on all things we are
grateful and thankful for. It’s that yearly tradition of getting
together with family and friends, toasting your blessings.
The October issue, “Abundant Thanks”, offers project ideas for celebrating Thanksgiving. Inside this issue you’ll find seasonal holiday banners, table settings, gift ideas and of course, beautiful hand-made cards.
Here is a little peek at the elegant Thanksgiving card I created for the most recent issue:
I embossed a bunch of poinsettias from Stampin' Up!'s Joyful Christmas set and here is the first that made it's way onto a card:
After whitewashing the petals and letting them dry, I used Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple for the flower. Reheat the embossing powder a bit to bring back the shine after all the coloring is done.
The shading on the Pistachio Pudding is done with Gumball Green.
There is a bit of Dazzling Details on the center but it doesn't pick up in the first photo so here's a close up:
Also , I got extra busy at work and didn't get my third flip card posted so here it is:
I gave this to one of the fabulous nurses I worked with on her last day ... kind of explains why I've been busy at work!
Next up: another Tag It flip card, this time featuring the lil' reptile guy with the balloons.
I colored the image with Gumball Green, Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise.
I used the Gumball Green paper from Birthday Basics and topped it with some Gumball Green Zig Zag cut with the Tasteful Trim die. Score your paper before applying to the car
In order to get the extra flap I used a scant 5 7/16" x 8 1/2" piece of Real Red card stock and slide the extra lenght of the card so through the thinlet so that instead of being cut it gets a crease.
For this photo the cutting side is up.
Place your card stock on top of the cutting edges except for the extra length. Slide that under the thinlet so that it gets crease instead of cut. (You can also do this with the paper underneath and the cutting side facing down, in which case you would want the extra paper coming up through the thinlet instead of down.)
Here's a shot of the inside:
The balloons on the inside circle are from Sketched Birthday. The white piece is also cut wtih the thinlet.
greeting is from Bring on the Cake. Both are stamped in Smokey Slate.
The Birthday Basics dsp is extended on the bottom of both sides of the extra flap.
There definitely more surfaces to decorate with this card. That's what makes it fun!
When I saw this SC452 sketch I knew it was time to ink up one of the smaller Lovely Romance images that I love but haven't done much with yet:
Here' is what I came up with:
See? Perfect sketch for making a small image the focal point of the card!
Since I've been wanting to mix this set with the gorgeous Venetian Romance papers, I stamped the "I like Loving You" image in Island Indigo on the palest of the Pistachio Pudding prints and used a bolder print for the background layer.
Though my original thought had been to use three Pistachio Pudding prints, after playing around I decided that the the middle layer was better off being straight Pistachio pudding, with a little texture from the Honeycomb folder.
The lacey edge is punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch.
The butterflies are from Papillon and punched with the Bitty Butterfly punch. Both are on special this month. You can order it here.
Thanks for stopping by and have a good day, whereever you happen to be!