SU! Blendabilities!

Hi bloggies!

Just a quick one … I will be back later with a card! I had a play on the weekend with my new SU! blendabilities … and was quite surprised by the results …

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I had spent a little time viewing a couple of helpful videos … and also found a great list on Mary Fish’s website … which pretty well summarised the conclusions I had come to as I worked with the pens!  MARY FISH – “7 Rules for Blendabilities Markers (especially for beginners)”

  1. Use Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (132708).
  2. Don’t worry about light sources and angles.
  3. I use the fine point end for coloring and blending.
  4. Protect your work surface from ink.
  5. Start with the darkest color.
  6. Leave lots of white space open to fill with the lightest color. 
  7. Work one area at a time (one leaf, one petal).

Mary has a video that explains all these hints. I found it was better to start with the darker colour except when I did the skin tones. For skin – I prefer to colour in with the lighter pen & add then depth & highlights using the deeper tones. When starting with the darker colour … make sure you follow hint no. 6. You can always go back and extend the darker sections … but it is harder to remove colour if you want it lighter! I actually did “lift” some of the colour from the orange section of the coffee jug because I extended the darker colour too far! Be careful using the colour lifter pen … it does make the momento ink bleed a little.

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MY BIG TIP FOR BLENDABILITIES: Don’t colour in straight lines but use “raggedy” strokes & curves when adding the colour … then where the two colours “meet” make sure you blend the lighter tone back into the darker tone to blend the colours better! Keep adding lighter ink over the top of the darker edge until the “line” disappears.

So … all in all … I was quite impressed with the new pens. I am far from being an expert on alcohol markers (having never used any other brand) … but after reading several blogs / facebook posts that were rather negative … I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they were to work with. Perhaps the reality is that my efforts are not as great as I think they are??? 🙄 ❓

Anyway … just thought I would share my little insight into the brand new Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities … hope it is helpful!

Andrea butterfly girl smallHugs xx



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  1. Donna Zammit says:

    Hi Andrea, love your” blendies” work! Your hints and tips are spot on with my own foray into using the” blendies”‘. I agree Mary Fish’s tips are the best. Have a great week. Cheers Donna Z 🙂


  2. Monika/buzsy says:

    Fantastic coloring job my friend! Your shading is amazing! Thanks for the tips and the link!


  3. Kim S says:

    I ordered one set of Blendabilities to try and am actually meeting up with my demonstrator in about 15 minutes! I’ve read good and bad about them so I am going to need to follow your tips and Mary’s tips. I do like what you have colored so it gives me hope that I’m going to be excited.


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