01 of 09
Stampin' Up! Blendabilities Markers
I tried out a set of blending and shading markers made by Stampin' Up. They are alcohol ink markers made for blending and shading, so they suggest using an alcohol ink such as the Memento ink pad to avoid smudging or bleeding when coloring in a stamped image. They are sold as three markers in a set per colorway and come in light, medium and dark shades. There are twelve colorways available and then a whole other set of six skin tones.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
Stamp the Dahlia Images
I tried out five of the colors on a piece of stamper's select white cardstock from Papertrey Ink. This is my go-to white paper when it comes to card projects because of its high quality and ability to showcase nice and crisp stamped images. It's very sturdy and thick enough so that it can absorb a lot of marker ink too (which you'll see in a photo later in this article).
I managed to fit six dahlia images from the "regarding dahlias" (#130327) stamp set from Stampin' Up... onto a sheet of 8.5" x 11" cardstock.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
03 of 09
Start Coloring With the Darker Shade
Start coloring in the dahlias with the darker shade of a colorway. In this case, I started with the "daffodil delight" set and applied the darker shade at the base of most of the petals.
There are two tips on each marker: a fine point and a brush marker. I found it easier to use the brush marker when coloring in this image but the fine point may be used for smaller or tighter areas to color in.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
Next Color With the Medium Shade
Next color in with the medium shade and overlap a little bit with some of the darker shade to help blend the colors together.
I have to admit that at this point of the process I started to doubt the marker's ability to blend well because there is quite a difference between the dark and medium shades. But I kept on coloring in more of the petals and also experimented a little bit by coloring in a few of the stripes on some of the striped petals.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Finally Color With the Light Shade
It wasn't until I finally colored in with the light shade marker that I saw how well the blending came together. It helped to go over some of the medium and darker shaded areas too, so sometimes it felt like I was coloring in the flower twice.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
06 of 09
Coloring In Dark, Medium, and Light Shades
Here are the three shades side by side so you can get a sense of the shading and blending progression as you go along.
I also liked using the Memento ink pad and didn't experience any smearing or bleeding while coloring in with the Blendabilities markers. I've generally used a StazOn or Versafine ink pad for stamping and coloring in with markers in the past, but recently started to experience bleeding of the stamped images. I plan to use the Memento ink pad going forward to help avoid... blurred stamped images after this experiment!Continue to 7 of 9 below.
07 of 09
Experiment with Different Colorways
I experimented with five different colorways (clockwise from the top left corner): pumpkin pie, rich razzleberry, daffodil delight, cherry cobbler, and coastal cabana.
So what is that last flower there? That one underneath the pumpkin pie colorway?Continue to 8 of 9 below.
08 of 09
Comparing Blendabilities to Copic Markers
I decided to see how the Blendabilities markers stacked up to some Copic markers I have on hand. This was the closest I could come to matching the shades of the Blendabilities with the markers I own (which in itself is really not that big of a collection!) and I think the results are fairly comparable.
The biggest difference I found was more in the representation of the shades based on each marker's packaging. I found all of the actual colors displayed on the paper of the Blendabilities... to be subtler and a little more muted compared to the marker cap colors, whereas with the Copic markers they are a little more true to sight. This may be good to know if you're working without a color swatch or palette on hand, and is a good reminder to test a marker color on a scratch piece of paper prior to applying it to any project.
One nice thing about the Blendabilities is that you receive three markers at the price of $11.95 per set and you receive the light, medium and dark shades all together. Copic markers tend to start around $6 or $7 each depending on the type or style of marker, so purchasing a set of three costs a lot more than the Blendabilities.
Although the colorways of the Blendabilities markers are limited to twelve, they also coordinate with other Stampin' Up shades of ink, paper, and embellishments. The Copic markers come in hundreds of different colors and shades so they may be more ideal for a broader paper project.
And just for reference, the Copic markers used in the photo above are: "sanguine" (YR18), "pumpkin yellow" (YR15), and "loquat" (YR12).Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Card Design Using the Blendabilities Markers
Here is a card design using the dahlias I colored in using the Blendabilities markers. What's great about this design is that it can easily be altered by changing the flower colors or sentiment. Plus you can swap out the dahlia image with another large component or stamped image. For full step-by-step instructions, click here.