Three Ways to Use Blender Pens

Blender Pens are essential tools in my studio, and I wanted to share three ways to use them.  They are wonderful for coloring images in a number of ways.  Here are some examples.

Happiness Shared colored with Blender Pen with Stampin' Write Markers
The coloring technique I use most often is a combination of Stampin' Write Markers and Blender Pens.  In this example of an image from the Happiness Shared stamp set, you can see areas where I used the Marker direct to paper, and the lighter areas are where I applied the Marker ink with a Blender Pen.  Of the three techniques I'm showing you today, the Markers' colors are truest to the rest of the Stampin' Up! products, which is why it's my favorite.

Happiness Shared colored with Blender Pens and Stampin' PastelsYou can also use a Blender Pen to pick up color from Stampin' Pastels.  You can see that you get a different look with Pastels–not as smoothly blended as with Markers. This technique is more like impressionist painitngs.  Although the Stampin' Pastels come in all of the core Stampin' Up! colors, they're not as true to the inks as the Markers.

Happiness Shared colored with Blender Pens and Watercolor PencilsCombining Watercolor Pencils with Blender Pens gives a rather surprising effect.  The top image has been colored with Pencils.  Then I took a Blender Pen to the coloring, and it not only smoothed out the color, but made it more vibrant as well.

I love the look of this technique, but don't use it that often because the Watercolor Pencils aren't true to Stampin' Up! colors.  For the most part they're a nice collection of colors, but if I want something that's going to match my card stock and inks, I choose the Markers instead. 

If you don't have Blender Pens in your toolbox, I strongly suggest you add them.  Order them today from my Online Stampin' Up! Store

I hope this example of three ways to use Blender Pens will inspire you to give them a try.


2 Responses to Three Ways to Use Blender Pens

  1. lisa808 February 25, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    Thanks for showing the different coloring techniques with blender pens. I was wondering what paper you use with the blender pens and if you use different paper depending on whether you use chalks, markers, or pencils. Thanks.

  2. Sage Kimble February 25, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    Great question, Lisa. I use Shimmery White card stock any time Im going to use Blender Pens, no matter whether its with Markers, Pastels, or Pencils. It just holds up better than regular card stock. I also use it if Im coloring with Markers direct to card stock for the same reason.

    Nurturing Creativity, One Stamp at a Time

    Sage Kimble
    aka The Mad Stamper
    Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator


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