Saturday, October 14, 2017


I can't keep this under my hat!  I am in love with my new Stampin' Blends!!  These alcohol markers are so lovely to use.  Available only to Stampin' Up! Demonstrators at the moment, I want to get plenty of practice in before they are released to our loyal customers.  While we don't have a release date just yet, I have every confidence it won't be too far away!

When the new 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual catalogue was released back in June, I purchased this cute Garden Girl stamp set with colouring in mind.  It has sat on my shelf ever since while other things have taken priority.  When my order of Stampin' Blends arrived, I got that set down, dusted it off and made this card........

Now, I am no alcohol marker artist, but even I am delighted with how this card turned out! I used Shimmery white cardstock to colour on, although, in hindsight, I think Whisper White Original would have worked better.  I am still playing, so the dury is out on that one.

Blends come in a Dark and a Light pen of the same colour, with 12 colours available, plus a Colour Lifter, Bronze and Ivory for skin tones.  I used the Light Pool Party to colour the sky.  It coloured beautifully, with no lines showing for smooth coverage.  I used the Dark and Light Old Olive markers for the grass, using a flicking motion to create the blades of grass.

I stamped Garden Girl on a separate scrap of card before colouring in.  I wanted to see how different colours blended together and used four different colours in her hair!  They all played together nicely!
The Colour lifter was the star of the show for me.  I used it to create the texture on her denim dress and to create a lighter blue than the Light pen gave me.  I also used it to add highlights on her gumboots, on the carrot, the basket and on her chin.  After fussy cutting the image, I popped it up on Dimensionals, after first stamping my greeting on the card front.

What can I say except that I am totally impressed with the new Stampin' Blends.  They are easy to use and the colours all blend well.  It's been a long time coming, but I am excited and can't wait til I can get them in your hands too!  In the meantime, everything else I have used you can purchase now!  Just click on the product photo's below to go to my online store.  Don't forget to use this months Host Code for more rewards!

All products used in these projects are listed below (except Blends, not yet available).  
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