My preorder arrived today with new products from the upcoming Stampin' Up catalog. The first thing I chose to experiment with was the new Blendabilities Markers. Are they ever nifty!
The markers come in packs of three with dark, medium and light shades of the same color. That makes shading so easy! I used the Daffodil Delight Assortment on the Regarding Dahlias stamp.
1) It is best to work in small sections and blend each little area as the colors are most workable while the ink is still wet.
2) The Color Lifter pen dampens the paper and pushes the ink in front of it. You can get different effects if you go over the area first with Color Lifter and then work on the wet surface. Or you can use the Color Lifter after using the markers to blend the shades together.
3) Some colors are very intense and require a very light touch. This seemed especially true of the Cherry Cobbler markers.
4) Also be sure to protect your work surface as the markers can bleed through to the underside especially as you add more color layers and use the Color Lifter.
I added the faintest touch (a tiny, tiny touch with the tip of the marker!) of red to the center of the flower with the lightest Cherry Cobbler marker then went over it several times with the Color Lifter pen to dilute and blend the color. When blended the color looked more like the Tangerine Tango in the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper that is the background of the card.
Stamps: Regarding Dahlias, My Mother
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Basic Gray for the card base, Whisper White for stamping and coloring with Blendabilities, Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper
Tools: Blendabilites Mardkers: Daffodil Delight Assortment, Color Lifter
Accessories: Basic Black Chevron Ribbon, Brights Candy Dots