If you’ve received your new catalog already, you might be wondering what Blendabilities are, and what all the excitement is about! Why did Stampin’ Up! decide to offer this new Marker to cardmakers and paper crafters, when we’ve already got the regular Markers? Read on for to learn what you need to know about this new product.
First of all, Blendabilities are very different than our Stampin’ Write Markers. They’re alcohol Markers instead of water-based ink Markers.. That means you can actually blend the colors, which you can’t do very well with the water-based Markers. Each color assortment includes light, medium, and dark shades of one color. I’ve been playing with them, and they’re awesome!
Here’s a sample using Rich Razzleberry.
Look at the difference between images colored with Blendabilities Markers (top image) and our water-based ink Markers (bottom image):
You can see how the bottom flower shows the brush strokes, and the darker color doesn’t blend into the lighter. Even with a Blender Pen, your ability to truly blend colors without the brush strokes showing is really limited. In addition, as you apply more ink and Blender Pen liquid, the card stock will start to degrade.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Stampin’ Write Markers! They come in all the Stampin’ Up! colors, and are great for inking stamps and simple coloring where you’re not trying to create shading and contour.
Alcohol Markers work very differently. The ink actually soaks into the card stock, as opposed to sitting on top of it. You can go over and over the area with different shades without degrading the card stock. Here’s what the back of a flower I colored with Blendabilities:
The more ink I applied, and the more I used the Color Lifter to help blend and lighten the colors, the more the ink soaked into the card stock. Which is why it’s always a good idea to have a piece of scratch paper under your work when using Blendabilities. Here’s the card I put this flower on:
For this image I wanted to combine two colors. I used the Daffodil Delight set, as well as a bit of Pumpkin Pie. You can see how you’ll get more of a sense of dimension in an image with Blendabilities. Here’s a close-up of the flower:
One of the Blendabilities pens is called a “Color Lifter.” It doesn’t act as an eraser exactly, it’s more like it moves the ink you’ve applied around a bit. It’s also alcohol based, and when applied to an area, it can push the colors into the card stock more. That’s how I got such light areas in the flower. The Color Lifter is great for blending layers of colors.
One more thing you should know about Blendabilities: They’re previewed in the new catalog, but aren’t available to customers yet. Demonstrators were able to preorder six of the twelve color assortments, and these six colors will be offered to customers as soon as Stampin’ Up! has an adequate supply to meet the expected demand. They estimate that will be in late June or early July.
Meanwhile, you’ll have to check back for more inspiration for using Blendabilities when they are available. They’re so much fun, I can’t wait to get off the computer and back in my studio! I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as you can order them.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think about these new Markers from Stampin’ Up! I hope I’ve answered your questions about what Blendabilities are, but if you need more information, just let me know!