Terrific Tags & Two Tutorials {on marker blending!}

Hello friends! I was in the mood to play with markers the other day and I remembered some cute stamps that came in an old issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine, I actually bought the magazine because of these cute stamps!

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Some of the images I colored with alcohol markers and some I did with water based markers. With all of the hoopla over Copics and other alcohol based markers (Promarker, TRIA, Prismacolor, Spectrum Noir etc.) I thought I’d do a tutorial on blending them. It an be confusing what to buy, then, when we get them home we forgot how we were told to use them. Well, this tutorial is for you, especially if you don’t have many markers. I’m going to show you a technique called priming that will help you blend colors that are not too close together. All you need is a clear alcohol based blending marker and some permanent markers (Bic Mark-its and Sharpies are an affordable option and they will work with the expensive art markers too!) Well, enough talking, let’s get coloring:

OK, so maybe you never invested in alcohol markers because you already invested in water-based/watercolor markers ( Tombow, LePlume, Whispers, Memento, Stampin’ Up and Distress are all examples of water-based markers) hey, I don’t blame you, they are super versatile, each one can be used like a mini ink pad, but they are great for coloring as well. Today I will show you how to blend them on regular cardstock using a water-based blender pen which is basically a clear marker filled with a water/glycerin mix. You can use a damp round paint brush (damped with water and glycerin if you don’t have a blender pen. Another benefit to watercolor markers is that the color usually will not bleed through cardstock.

The benefit to watercolor markers is that you need fewer colors and it is quicker. The benefit of alcohol markers is that you can fuss with the image as long as you like. Whatever your preference you can get a similar effect from either type of marker. Can you tell what ones were done with alcohol markers and what ones were done in watercolor markers?

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OK, you’re keen eyes probably can but I think they look super and it will be handy to have all of these tags on hand for upcoming birthdays! Here is a tip, the next time you color a  bunch of images grab a pad of paper and make a bunch of tags. I used to just color them and stuff them in a drawer but since I always need gift tags and grabbed my large shipping tags, tulle and leftover tissue paper flowers from Papermart and a pad of Fancy Pants paper (my 6″x6″ bin of paper was overflowing so I wanted to use some up!) and made some tags. I made faux brads/card candy by punching circles out of some of the scraps and doming them with a ball end stylus and hot gluing them to the tags. I had only itsy bitsy shards of paper left over after this and a batch of new tags for my trouble. Not bad:D I hope this helped you get more use out of your markers. If you have any questions leave a comment and til next time happy crafting!

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Are you mad for markers?

Hiya folks! I just wanted to tell you that an article I worked on and researched for months is finally out in the July 2011 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine!

SSA July 2011

I reviewed 12 brands of markers (t’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it…) and rated them spreadsheet style on factors such as price, unique features, color range, medium (alcohol, watercolor, xylene, India ink), workability, nibs and whether they are refillable or not. Also there are tips on how best to use each type of marker. So if you are in the market for ew markers or just want to get more use out of the ones you have I hope you will give my article a read, it is on newsstands now or you can order a copy from Scott Publications.

Thanks for listening to me toot my own horn (what’s new, right!?!) and til next time happy crafting!

ProMarker Giveaway {and a video too!}

****We have a winner: Congrats Carolyn!!!!********************

*****EDIT: Plese be sure if you are placing a link to this contest you leave a second comment so you get your second chance to win! Thanks :)  ********

Happy Monday {yep, it is a happy Monday!!!!} I am so excited because I get to give away a set of 12 ProMarkers to one lucky blog reader and you get to pick your set! They are introducing a new line of blending marker sets {that’s right up my ally} and maybe you will win one before you can even BUY them! There are 3 sets to pick from, each containg 12 beautiful juicy ProMarkers! Giveaway details below. Here is a project I made with Promarkers and Tria markers from Letraset:

Markers: ProMarker/Tria (Letraset), Digistamp (Lindasy's stamp Stuff), Button Dies and rubber stamp (SU!), PP (Basic Grey, K&Co), Ribbon (Offray, SewTrue), Other: Sewing machine/thread, doiley, skeleton leaves, white button

Want to learn how to color this? It is easy, check out the videos below to see how easy it is to color the brass needle holder image on my card (it’s in the Sew Pretty digistamp set from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff BTW} as well as how to color and  blend a rubber stamped image and a hand drawn image. Don’t be shy, give it a try!

Here is a close up of the card, if you love the button card be sure to check back later this week because I have a super fun handmade button tutorial for you, and yes, it is frugal :)

Give-a-Way rules…rules, no, how about “How to Enter”…yes, that sounds better:

Leave a comment and tell me what ProMarker blending set YOU would want to win if your name is drawn. You can see all of the sets here.

If you want a second chance to win simply post about this give-a-way on your blog or facebook (linking back to this give-a-way post) and leave another comment with the link {I will check;} and again your choice of sets. Big hugs if you do this, if we get a lot of response from this contest Letraset will let me do more give-a-ways, yay!

You have until Midnight March 13 to enter.

On Monday March 14 I will use a random number generator to pick a winner! I will then email the winner for their address so they can receive their prize. I can see your email when you sign in to comment so you do not need to post it in the comment box for the world to see :)

That’s it, easy peasy! Have fun, good luck :) And til next time happy crafting!

Button, button…who’s got the button?

Well, today that would be you (check out the end of this post for a cute vintage button digistamp freebie!) I used said freebie on my project today too as well as stamps from the Sew Pretty set from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Every designer has her favorites and this set is one of mine, you get 8 sewing themed stamps in png and jpg format but what I really love about this set is how easy it is to layer them to create unique “still lifes” or montages that you can color as I did here. I simply layered the png stamps and erased bits here and there (in paint shop pro but photoshop or gimp will work just as well) until it looked right. Tip: When you create a cool layered layout save it so you can print it again!

I used my new favorite markers to color this and if you have not tried Tria markers by Letraset you are in for a BIG treat (my poor copics might be gathering some dust now LOL!) I really like it because I can use them with my ProMarkers (the ink is the same, the big difference is that Tria has replaceable brush, chisel and fie tip nibs and are refillable) and they blend beautifully even though I have a small collection. BTW you are going to want to keep your eyes glued to this blog because I will have a FABULOUS giveaway in a few days that will totally color your world (hint hint, nudge nudge, wink wink :) ) You won’t want to miss that COLORFUL giveaway!

OK now on with the show. I used the Sew pretty set on my card, this set coordinates with the Sewing Stuff single and the Posh and Trendy sets very nicely:

Sew Pretty StampsSewing Stuff Digital stampPosh'n Trendy Stamps

And here is your freebie-now grab it while you can because I’ve got some sketching brewing in my noggin that coordinate well with this and it’s freebie status might be in jeopardy if I end up tossing it in with a fab new set…as in get it while you can, don’t say I didn’t warn you :)

To download click on the picture, then right click on the larger picture and choose "save as" from the drop down menu. Enjoy!

Are you ready for this weeks Dollar Deals? Remember these sets are on sale for $1 but only til next Wednesday so don’t wait!

Crafty Tools & Puns StampsPretty Primative Digital Stamp SetShabby Houndstooth PapersSweetTreat SVG

Be sure to check back tomorrow when I will have fabulous eye candy from the Lindsay’s stamp stuff design team! Til then happy crafting!

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