Something Borrowed

something borrowedToday I want to share a quick and simple project you can put together with the new blendabilities markers. Blendabilities are alcohol based markers that can be used for blending and shading your stamped images. But you can also use blendabilities in many other ways. This particular project showcases how to use blendabilities to add pops of color to your pretty patterned papers!  I love using blendabilties in this way. If you have ever tried to color in an image with regular water-based markers, then you know how choppy the coloring looks. With blendabilities, you are able to shade an image without distorting it.


To make this project, start with a piece of pink pirouette cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper (DSP). Grab a set of the pink pirouette blendabilities and randomly shade some of the flowers on the DSP. Make sure that you have the DSP laying on top of a piece of scratch paper or grid paper as the blendabilities ink will soak through the DSP. Once you have completed the shading of the flowers, secure the DSP to your card base. Add a little layered tag or some type of punched shape to your project for the sentiment. Add a little embellishment and your done! Easy peasy! Enjoy!

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Blended Bloom ~ Blendabilities

Kinda Eclectic Blended Bloom ~ BlendabilitiesSorry for the delay in posting! It has been such an exciting week…full of birthday parties, babysitting the grandbaby and crafting classes!  Whew! So since I finally have a few moments, I thought I would change it up a bit today and share a few more projects created with the new blendabilities markers. I have seen some simply beautiful creations with these markers and the more I play with them, the more I love them!  These particular projects were shared at my August blendabilities class. The projects showcase the beautiful Blended Bloom stamp set as well as the Kinda Eclectic set. Now the flower (Blended Bloom) is where you will actually use the new blendabilties. The project above showcases the daffodil delight blendabilities set and the project pictured on the right showcases the Pumpkin Pie blendabilities. Kinda Eclectic Blended Bloom ~ BlendabilitiesAs you can see in both pictures, there is quite a bit of shading and contrast in each of the blended blooms. This gives depth and dimension to each of the flowers. You are able to achieve this look by shading and blending with the three different colors of markers found in each blendabilities set. So for example, you can see the 3 different shades of yellow very distinctly in the first picture. I typically start with the darker shades and then blend with the lighter…but there is no right or wrong way to blend. To really experience the fun of working with the blendabilities markers you need to try them out for yourself! Enjoy!


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Swallowtail ~ Blendabilities

Here is the final card in my blendabilities series.  This card showcases the pumpkin pie and daffodil delight blendabilities markers….oh and the beautiful swallowtail stamp.  You can find out more information about these awesome coloring tools by clicking on this link Stampin’ Blendabilities.  If you love coloring, you will love these markers!  

For this card I decided to heat emboss the butterfly image in black.  Just a little tip…don’t use a colored embossing powder if you plan on coloring the image with your blendabilities. Since the blendabilities are alcohol based, as you color over black embossing it pulls the black color onto your markers. So needless to say…the tips of my orange and yellow blendabilities are black!  Now you can use a white or clear embossing powder (as I showcased a few days ago). If you are looking for your image to be outlined in black…use the black memento pad (instead of black embossing).

To make this beauty…start with a piece of daffodil delight for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of basic black cardstock, for a matte, behind a piece of 5 x 3 3/4 inch whisper white cardstock. Stamp the swallowtail image onto the white piece using the black memento ink pad. Then simply start coloring with your blendabilities.  I started with the daffodil delight markers first (the yellow ones)…coloring and blending various parts of the butterfly. Then I switched to the pumpkin pie markers (the orange ones) to finish the coloring and blending process. I added a bit of gold dazzling details to give the butterfly a bit of sparkle and finished it off with a little sentiment. 

I hope you enjoyed this little blendabilities series!  Thank you for following along!

Sweet Briar Rose ~ Blendabilities

The third project in my blendabilities series showcases the Sweetbriar Rose stamp set as well as the Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive blendabilities markers.  This card was a huge hit at class this month! There is just something about the deep purple and green colors that makes this card so delightful! 

Wanna recreate this project? Well, start with a piece of blackberry bliss cardstock for the base of the card. Now, I probably could have used rich razzleberry, to match the colors in the flowers, but I wanted to go a shade darker for the base. Emboss the front of the card base with the large polka dot embossing folder. Stamp the sweetbriar rose, using the black memento ink, on a piece of whisper white cardstock…cut out the image with one of the oval framelits. Then…get to coloring with the blendabilities.  For the flowers, I started with the darkest purple marker color first…shading the inner part of each flower. Next, I took the lightest purple and shaded and blended the outer part of the petals. The leaves were super simple…I took the darkest olive green blendabilities marker and simply highlighted the middle of each leaf. Once that was complete, I blended and shaded the rest of the leaf with the lighter green. For the final touches, I added a bit of silver glimmer paper, a paper doily and a beautiful white satin bow!  You can do this too! Give it a try!

Beauty of the Season ~ Blendabilities

The second project in my blendabilities series showcases one of the new stamp sets from the upcoming 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. The set is called Beauty of the Season and it is the only set available to us now as the new catalog doesn’t go live until August 28th. The set contains this gorgeous cardinal image and a variety of beautiful sentiments. And it’s the perfect type of image for shading and blending with the new blendabilities markers.

For this project, start with a piece of soft suede cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of cherry cobbler cardstock and emboss it with the new Zig Zag embossing folder. Stamp the cardinal image, using the memento ink pad, onto a piece of whisper white cardstock. Cut out the image using one of the labels framelits. Cut out another labels framelits, from soft suede cardstock, a size larger than the one you did your stamping on…you will use this as a “matte” behind your image (see pic above). I did a bit of paper piercing around the soft suede matte using one of the festive paper piercing templates

Once you have the cardinal stamped and cut out with the framelits, you are ready to begin shading and blending. Using the cherry cobbler blendabilities pack, start by adding the darkest red color. I added a bit of the dark cherry cobbler to the belly, tail and face of the cardinal. Next, grab the medium and light cherry cobbler colors and start the blending process. Remember to blend from dark to light. I tend to use the ball point tip of the marker for blending…you can press down firmer to blend out the lines where the lighter color meets the darker color. Continue to shade and blend until you achieve the desired look. For the branches and the beak of the bird, I used a few of the skin tone blendabilities markers. And for the finishing touches, I added a little pearl for the eye of the bird and a Christmas sentiment from the Teeny Tiny wishes stamp set (using the word window and modern label punches). This is one of my favorite projects from class…I plan on making a few of these for Christmas this year. 🙂

Corner Garden ~ Blendabilities

Since we had so much fun at my blendabilities class this past week, I thought I would share some of the fun projects we worked on!  This particular project was inspired by a blendabilities demonstration at the 2014 Stampin’ Up! convention in July! The project showcases the new coastal cabana and skin tone blendabilities markers. Yep…we actually used the coastal cabana markers on coastal cabana cardstock…it really makes the blues “pop!”

We started with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. Next, cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of coastal cabana cardstock and emboss the corner garden stamp image using white embossing powder.  Once you have embossed your image, grab your set of coastal cabana blendabilities and get to work! 🙂  Start with the darkest coastal cabana marker and randomly color/highlight various parts of the flowers. Shade and blend the dark blue color by using the medium and light coastal cabana markers.  For the leaves, I used one of the lighter brown colors in the skin tone blendabilities pack. I colored various parts of the leaves with the brown and then shaded/blended it with one of the lighter skin tone colors…this helped to soften the brown and give it more of a subtle look. The great thing about the blendabilities is that you can shade and re-shade until you achieve the color or look you want. Stay tuned to my blog this week for the rest of the projects in my blendabilities series.

Blendabilities Fry Box

This week I held my first blendabilities class and we had sooooo much fun! Have you heard of blendabilities? If not, well let me tell you a bit about them! Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers are alcohol based markers made exclusively for blending and shading. If you love coloring, you will love these markers!  And even if you don’t love coloring, you will once you try these! They are amazing!  The markers come in a package of 3…a light, medium and dark shade of one color. These 3 different shades allow you to put together simply stunning projects…like this one!  I made this little project as a gift for my guests at this week’s blendability class. 

For this project, I used the cherry cobbler blendabilities assortment. The deep, dark cherry cobbler color is perfect for blending! I love how the shading gives my flower such depth and dimension. To make this flower, I used a memento ink pad and stamped the blended bloom image onto a piece of white cardstock. Since the markers are alcohol based, you must use a memento ink pad (stazon won’t work). Once I had the image stamped, I started with the darkest shade of cherry cobbler…I simply added color in random spots on the flower. Next I took the medium shade of cherry cobbler and colored next to the dark…I blended the dark and medium together by overlapping the medium color where I ended with the darker color. Then I just repeated this process with the light colored cherry cobbler marker.  Oh…and I used the daffodil delight markers to shade and color the center of the flower. It turned out gorgeous!  I used it to decorate the front of one of those little fry boxes. Give a try!  You will love it!

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