Stampin’ Blends vs. Stampin’ Write Markers

Handmade cards by Natalie Lapakko comparing Stampin' Blend alcohol markers to Stampin' Write ink markers from Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Blends vs. Stampin’ Write Markers

You know the only thing better than markers? Two different kinds of markers! Stampin’ Up! offers two different marker sets, one called Stampin’ Blends and one called Stampin’ Write Markers. So what’s the difference?

Stampin’ Blend Markers have an alcohol based ink, which means the color really smoothly and you can blend two tints of the same color, or even two different hues together! Stampin’ Write Markers have a water based ink. They have a super-fine tip and don’t bleed, so they work wonderfully for coloring small areas, but for larger areas, they leave kind of a striped look. Because they are water based, they can also be used for a variety of watercolor techniques.

Which is better? It depends on what technique you are going for!

Handmade cards by Natalie Lapakko comparing Stampin' Blend alcohol markers to Stampin' Write ink markers from Stampin' Up!

Challenge Inspiration

Today I’m playing along with Global Design Project Challenge #122!

So…. I haven’t posted in awhile. I got busy with the holidays, then a pile of family birthdays, then a vacation… and then it was suddenly a month later and I had fallen out of the swing of things when it came to posting. Sorry everyone!

I checked the GDP challenge and I already had these two cards made, photographed, and ready to post AND they pretty closely matched the sketch for the week. It seems like fate, doesn’t it? That means no more excuses, time to get back to posting!

Handmade cards by Natalie Lapakko comparing Stampin' Blend alcohol markers to Stampin' Write ink markers from Stampin' Up!

Watercolor Technique with Stampin’ Write Markers

The top card in the image above was made with Stampin’ Write Markers.

First, I used a stamp positioning tool (I used a MISTI since the Stamparatus isn’t out yet) to stamp the butterfly image from the Beautiful Day stamp set onto watercolor paper with Night of  Navy ink. Since watercolor paper is bumpy, I stamped it several times to make sure most of the gaps in the image were filled. Then, I finished it off by stamping once more in VersaMark and embossing with clear embossing powder. The embossing powder is water-proof, so it creates little walls that keep wet watercolor from mixing with a different color right next to it.

Next, I colored in the butterfly with Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party, and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Markers. Nothing fancy, I just filled in the shapes.

Finally, I added just a little bit of water to each shape. The water moves the ink around all on its own, making areas that are light and dark.

Here’s a close up!

Handmade cards by Natalie Lapakko comparing Stampin' Blend alcohol markers to Stampin' Write ink markers from Stampin' Up!

Blending Technique with Stampin’ Blend Markers

For the Stampin’ Blends version, I stamped Night of Navy ink onto Neena Bright White cardstock. (I was out of Whisper White, and Neena Bright White is really good with Stampin’ Blends: it doesn’t bleed nearly as much as other papers.) Night of Navy is a water based ink. When coloring with alcohol markers, use a water based ink to prevent the coloring from making the lines bleed.

I colored each of the wing shapes one at a time. I lay down the dark and light areas first, then add a second layer of dark-to-light to blend the colors.

 

Watercolor Technique with Stampin' Write Markers

Lessons Learned

I really like both Stampin’ Write and Stampin’ Blend Markers.  Both markers can give you really rich color gradients and look absolutely beautiful.

When watercoloring, you have to be prepared for anything. Water is unpredictable, so you have to be okay with letting the ink be a little out of your control. I love the surprise of what the colors are going to look like when they dry!

With alcohol markers, you have to be prepared to spend time. You have a lot of control over what the colors look like when they are finished, but it also takes longer to lay down all the layers of colors a little bit at a time.

The technique you choose will depend on your personal style and preference… and how much time you have that day!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Stamp Witch Blog Natalie's hand painted signature

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