It’s been a while since I created a card using a blender pen, so I thought I would use the Delicate Blossoms stamp set from Hero Arts for this week’s Make a Card Monday card since it begs to be colored in. :)
I used a Dove Blender Pen and dye ink (Stampin’ Up! Classic ink) to color in the flowers. I first used a Dove Blender Pen a few years ago after I purchased one at an Archiver’s in Minnesota while I was visiting my sister and her family. I needed a blender pen, but had left my Stampin’ Up one at home in Utah. Anyway, I discovered that the Dove Blender Pen was essentially the same, but also a bit better.
While I love my Stampin’ Up! Blender Pens, especially the dual-tip aspect of it, I think the Dove Blender Pen is better because they sell the blending medium and replacement tips. After you buy the one pen, you can simply refill it. It’s kind of smart. :)
Ever since buying my first Dove Blender Pen, I’ve been looking for a place online to buy them so I could recommend them to you guys. Unfortunately, TwoPeas doesn’t sell them, and since I was mostly shopping at TwoPeas, I never really explored other sites. However, since I’m shopping in all kinds of places now (one of the reasons I stepped down from TwoPeas–so I could try out more things), I found an awesome store where you can find the Dove Blender pen! You can get all three–the pen, the refill medium, and the tips–at Simon Says Stamp:
Tips for using a Blender Pen
A thick cardstock is always best for using a blender pen. In this case, I used Papertrey Ink white cardstock. The trick to getting gradients with a blender pen is to let the ink start to fade out from the blender pen.
If you want more color, let it dry completely and then add more. Generally, I wouldn’t recommend adding more after you’ve already colored one area, but if you let it dry completely before going over the area again and use a thicker cardstock, it seems to work okay. Just be quick and don’t stay in one area too long. If you mess with it too much, the paper will be over-saturated and start to ball up and look gross. We don’t want that. :)
True Scrap 2
I mention in the video that you can still sign up for True Scrap 2. More details HERE. I’ll be showing some sneak peeks of my class tomorrow, so watch for that, too. :)
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