Saturday, January 31, 2015

Intro to Blendabilities Class

Hello and happy New Year!

So with Sale-A-Bration well under way, it's a great way to re-introduce the amazing and versatile Blendabilities alcohol makers from Stampin' Up! If you didn't know already- you can get a set ($15.95 CND value) FREE by spending $60 during SAB. I had always wanted to try the 'other' markers- but they did seem so difficult, not to mention expensive. Not knowing the colour theory and having to purchase individual markers at $7 a pop up here where I live (or going on line) just made it a pipe dream. I am very thankful to Stampin' Up! for coming out with their own version. Not only are they less expensive, but they bundle the colours by shade so getting the correct tones is so much easier than I thought it would be. Needless to say- almost all of the holiday cards I sold this season had Blendabilities all over them.

Now with Sale-A-Bration offering free sets, I figured it was a great time to start an intro class now that I think I have somewhat of a handle on these fine pens. Doesn't honestly take that much time to get the hang of them- but the more you use them the more fun and creative you find yourself being.

SO one of the cards I am doing is an easle card and I got this idea off Pintrest. It was done in black instead of Crumb Cake and the colours popped more vibrantly on the white ink. I was just seeing what it would do on Crumb Cake and I have to say, I absolutely love the outcome. Yes, it isn't 'perfect' when you look closely- but it didn't take a lot work and I didn't use any shading or anything. Just brushed it over the images. Well- here take a look!
 I used the Corner Garden Clear mount Stamp (134048) and stamped on Crumb Cake in Whisper White Craft Ink and embossed with white embossing powder. I used the darker hues of
Costal Cabana (131000)
Rich Razzelberry (131003)
Old Olive (130999)

All I did was brush the large tip over and colour in the lines best I could. I used some silk ribbon and Soft Sky and Island Indigo layers. I absolutely love the colour combo! You can also use Soft Suede as a base instead and have an equally dramatic effect.
To finish it off, I used the Blendabilities on the Basic Pearl Embellishments (119247). Another selling feature of the markers is that you can colour the rhinestones or pearls, buttons or ribbons and being alcohol based they aren't going to rub off.

The 2nd card we are making is just a basic layered card (no insert- just flat) using Basic Gray, Smokey Slate and Rich Razzelberry. I did the rock and roll technique on the top layer of flowers and added some Dazzling Details (LOVE THOSE) for the centers.
I used a few different techniques on the Secret Garden set (now retired- insert sad face here- that set is AMAZING for these markers!) I tried blending Rich Razzleberry with Wisteria Wonder, I did dark to medium to light on a few and then light to medium to dark on one flower. I even tried dark-medium-dark on the bottom large flower in the corner. 

SO basically I adored trying different techniques and playing with these markers to get different effects. I believe that these markers have even more potential depending on how creative you want to be. 

So that's it for me! Thanks so much for stopping by!