Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Night of Navy Bloom with Hope

I accidentally stamped on Very Vanilla and decided to discover if the Blendabilities would work on this color/weight paper too.  I was pleased that they did! I like the contrast between the blues and the vanilla.  Then I needed DSP that did not have WW.  Typeset was one of the few that used Very Vanilla so I gave it a try.  I did not want to use white Baker's Twine so I colored it Night of Navy using the darkest of the set.

Things I have learned about using Blendabilities.
1.  You must use the Tuxedo Black Ink by Memento.
2.  When using the darker colors such as Night of Navy, blending is a bit more challenging.  While at Convention I asked for any suggestions.  I was told that if you first saturate the area with the lightest color, blending is easier.
3.  Which size nib is up to the individual user.  I like using the smaller nib.
4.  Use just a little of the darkest color.  You can always add more color if you need it.  It is harder, if not impossible, to make something lighter.
5.  It is up to each individual as to which color to start with- the darkest or the lightest.  As a rule, I usually start with the darkest.
6.  Have fun!

Stamp Sets- Bloom with Hope, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink- Tuxedo Black Ink by Memento
Paper- Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Typeset DSP
Accessories- Night of Navy Blendabilities, Baker's Twine, Scallop Border Punch

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


These have become my new favorite medium to color in stamped images.  They are not quite as easy as watercolor pencils (retired) but are never less fun and impressive to use.  Most of my Convention swaps were projects colored in using Blendabilities.  For the first time user, Stampin' Up! suggests that you use the Daffodil Delight or Pumpkin Pie sets.  Once you become comfortable with shading, try the other darker colors.  At Convention it was suggested that when using the Night of Navy set (release date 08/01/2014), to first color in using the lightest color.  That way the paper is moist and the darker colors can slide on and blend more easily.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sweetbriar Rose

When the Blendablities were first introduced and I saw this stamp, I knew the two were made for one another.  This was fussy to color in yet very rewarding.  I love how the yellows blend so well.  I made 16 of these for one swap!

Stamp Set- Sweetbriar Rose
Paper- Daffodil Delight, WW
Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories- Pearls, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder

Friday, July 18, 2014

Most of my swaps involved lots of coloring and I needed something a bit more simple. This card was fast and easy.  I do not use purple very often and decided now was the time to use some of my Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder.  Again I matted WW on WW.

Stamp Sets- From My Heart, Flower Shop
Ink- VersaMark, Elegant Eggplant
Paper- Elegant Eggplant,Wisteria Wonder, WW
Accessories- Oval Framelits, Delicate Designs Embossing Folder, Pansy Punch

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Convention 2014!

School is out and I have been busy making my Convention swaps.  I leave this afternoon on my big adventure!
This is one of my swaps using my new favorite medium Blendabilities.  I will talk later about the joys of using these amazing alcohol based markers that have just been released.
Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe are my favorite go to combination.  I used the hostess set Bloom with Hope.  It offers several florals to choose from and all are fun to color.  I really like the effect of mounting an image on a slightly bigger piece of Whisper White.

Stamp Sets- Bloom with Hope, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper- WW, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, DS Color Collections Subtles