If you haven't already heard the news, on November 1, Stampin' Up! will be releasing a new line of premier alcohol markers called Stampin' Blends.  As a demonstrator, I was able to purchase a set of these markers and I must say....WOW.  They are so cool!  Here's a quick video...


If you're not sure what makes alcohol markers different, it's this: these markers make it so easy to blend colors.  They will be available in 12 exclusive Stampin' Up! colors, each with a light and dark shade, plus Ivory, Bronze and a Color Lifter (perfect for giving blended images a finishing touch).

Beautiful blending will now be as easy as 1, 2, 3!  Step 1, you'll stamp an image in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on to Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock.  Step 2, you'll use the light and dark shade of the same color to fill in the image.  Step 3, you'll use the Color Lifter to soften colors, add texture, clean up edges and create highlights.  Not an artist?  Me neither, but we sure will feel like it when we use these markers!  I'm still playing and learning but I'm sharing the card I made today using Stampin' Blends.

(And you're also getting a sneak peek at a new stamp set, Color Me Happy!)

I started by cutting a piece of thick Whisper White cardstock with one of the Layering Squares framelits, then stamping the bird image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I let it dry for a little while, then colored and blended using the light and dark Pumpkin Pie, light and dark Crumb Cake, light Smoky Slate and the Color Lifter.  The Oh, Hello sentiment was stamped in Soft Suede ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock, then cut out.  I added a small bit of doily to the back before layering it to the square.  This piece was then layered onto a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock cut with a scallop frame from the Layering Squares framelits.

For the background, I started with a piece of Wood Textures DSP, stamping the Sheet Music background stamp directly over it in Soft Suede ink.  I love the wood and music together!!  I tore the left edge of the DSP, then sponged some Soft Suede ink along torn edge and around the rest of the DSP and layered a strip of Tangerine Tango cardstock under the torn edge.  Everything was layered onto a Soft Suede card front.

Before adding the finishing touch of a Linen Thread bow, I spritzed the whole card with a sprinkling of Clear Wink of Stella.

I used the following available products for this project (the markers and stamp set are not on this list....yet!)...


I'm looking forward to sharing lots of ways to use these beautiful markers in the future.  Stay tuned!



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