The launch of the new Stampin' Up! 2014-2015 Annual Catalog is right around the corner on June 1st! I've got my copy, and I truly believe it is the best catalog we've had in years. The organization is spot on, the products are easy to see, and there are many different styles...something for everyone!
One of the most exciting new products are our new alcohol markers called Blendabilities. I've never used alcohol markers, so I spent some time "practicing" yesterday. I finally got to the point that I am okay with sending out this particular attempt. I got a little sloppy at the edges of the center of the flower. Sometimes I get so OCD trying to fix something like that, that I wind up ruining the image. I decided it wasn't that bad and to let it go. :)
As I said, I spent some time practicing with the markers. I really struggled for awhile, and then I found this video that made it click for me. Beate uses a "flicking" technique that can be a little tricky to master as far as not going outside the lines. I had a few stray lines (and yes, we have a color remover), so I decided to cut out the image. I used the edge of one of the markers to hide any white edges.
Did you notice the pretty gold rhinestones in the center? Those are our basic rhinestones colored with the darkest Daffodil Delight blendability. I'll be using blendabilities a lot to color embellishments especially around Christmas...Cherry Cobbler pearls for berries and Cherry Cobbler rhinestones for tree ornaments.
Be sure to put the caps securely on your markers and store them flat. Don't leave them lying around on your desk open all afternoon because they will dry out faster than our Stampin' Write Markers. Also, we recommend you use Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the image you're going to color. (Stazon will bleed; use Stazon with your blender pen.) I use the Memento ink for every day stamping. It's much easier to use than Stazon. You can also emboss the image first. I plan on giving it a try because it will be easier to stay within the lines.
Here's everything I used:
Blended Bloom (Coming soon!)
Perfectly Penned (Retired, and I'll never part with it.)
Rich Razzleberry Card Stock
8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Basic Black Card Stock
3-3/4x5 Large Layer
Whisper White Card Stock
3-1/2x4-3/4 Large Layer
Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities
Daffodil Delight Blendabilities
Memento Tuxedo Black Stamp Pad
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