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Blending with Alcohol Ink Markers | Stampin’ Up!

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Band Together Card Stampin' Up! - Blending with Stampin' Blends

Today I wanted to do some blending with Alcohol Ink Markers. In particular, Stampin’ Blends. I recently did a card and tutorial using Copic Markers, and while I really love my Copics, the Stampin’ Blends are awesome and much more affordable for most crafters. So I’m using them for my ‘Blending with Alcohol Ink Markers Technique’ today.

Master Your Card Making Skills is a video tutorial series with new videos every Monday at 8 AM MTN (Mountain) Time. Each Monday I showcase a card from the 2020 – 2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog or any other current Stampin’ Up! Catalog. Today’s card is on page 113 featuring the Band Together Cling Stamps. I loved the blends combination on this card. The colors combined really made these flowers POP! I wasn’t a fan of the blue card so I went with something more my style and chose to create everything on a Whisper White Card. You can use any color for your card.

Band Together Card Stampin' Up!
Featured Card – Band Together Card – Page 113
2020 – 2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog

Why does my image/coloring bleed?

I created a video tutorial for you but wanted to talk about an issue a lot of people have when blending with alcohol ink markers. If your markers are new (which mine are) and you have a heavy hand (which I do! lol) or if you tend to lay down a lot of ink in the same spot over and over (Yup! that’s me), you may notice you get a slight bleed on your image. Particularly around the edges of the stamped image. If you look VERY closely at my ‘zoomed-in’ coloring in the video below you will notice I got some bleed. It’s not very noticeable, and you may not have even noticed had I not of pointed it out. However, this is normal if any of the above reasons apply to you when using Stampin’ Blends.

How to fix coloring bleed

The best way to fix it, or better yet, HIDE it, is to trace over the bleed with a White Sakura Gel Pen. I normally use a #5 in this instance. I wish I had mentioned it in the video, but I have mentioned it in other videos when I color outside the lines. The Sakura Gel pen REALLY helps hide mistakes and that little bit of bleed you may experience.

Are you using the right PAPER & INK Combination?

On another note, be sure you are using the right Ink & Paper Combinations for coloring with Alcohol Ink Markers. As when the stamped image ink ‘smudges’ when you try to color it in, that is not an issue related to what I mentioned above. It’s a paper/ink issue. If you have this issue, feel free to watch my video on “Which Ones Work”? You will learn which Paper and Ink combinations are best.

Blending with Alcohol Ink Markers | Stampin’ Blends
Blossoms in Bloom Stamps | Stampin’ Up!

Question: What are the most uncommon color combinations you have had success with blending together? Let me know in the comments below, or better yet, post a comment or photo of your combination on my Facebook Group. I love hearing from you and seeing what you create! 💗

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