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.
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.
You 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.
Combining 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.