Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Stampin' Up! Markers Promotion Extended

(Photo and creation courtesy of Michelle Dyson)

Remember this post? Well the good news is that the Stampin' Up! Single Marker Promotion has been extended until the 14 December 2008.

My friend and fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Michelle Dyson, has made colour selection very easy with her post called Bakers Dozen.

And thank you also to Leonie Schroder for compiling the following Marker Information Sheet which I've then "added my 2c worth to":

Marker Facts:
The Stampin’ Write Markers are water-based dye ink and come with two marking tips. The arkers with two tips are commonly referred to as "Dual Tip" markers, with one end having a durable, flexible nylon brush tip that provides broad coverage for general usage such as inking up a stamp, and another smaller end with a fine tip for coloring in tight spots of outline images or for hand-lettering.

The Stampin’ Write Markers offer exclusive coordinating colour families. All 48 colours come in card stock, ink pads, watercolour crayons and markers.

They are sold in colour family sets of 12 which include Soft Subtles, Earth Elements, Bold Brights, and Rich Regals. They also come as a complete set of 48.

These markers are odourless, acid-free, xylene-free, non-toxic.

Storing Markers:
Stampin’ Write Markers should be stored so that they lie horizontally. This way both ends will have an even distribution of inks to the tips.

Techniques to try:
• The markers work well with the blender pens. You can use markers instead of watercolour pencils. Stamp image in black. Outline the inside of your image with the markers and use the blender pens to pull the colors around. Or touch the tip of the blender pen to the tip of the brush end and color with that. Gives a lighter version of the color. It is much more subtle than colouring the whole design with the marker.

Make a colour palette by coloring with markers on a piece of acetate and colour with a blender pen or waterbrush.

Line the inside of your stamped image with the markers and use a wet paintbrush, or Aqua Painter to pull the colours around. This gives a lighter version of the colour and is much more subtle than colouring the whole thing with the marker. Looks like you used watercolors to paint it.

• Markers allow you to omit apart of the stamp. Just use them to ink up the part of the image you want to see once stamped.

• You can match the marker color with a paper color without having to purchase the matching stamp pad separately.

• You can colour in a stamp with multiple marker colours and then huff on it (note the technical term “huff” . . . meaning breathe heavily onto the stamp so that moisture from your breath re-moistens the ink on the stamp.) Then stamp on your card stock. In the example below, part of the stamp has been inked in Certainly Celery and part of it in Regal Rose:

(Photo and creation courtesy of Jayne Mercer)
• Use your markers to do the "Thumping Technique". Thumping is not what you do to your husband when he asks a dumb stamping question although this might have merit at times. Rather, thumping consists of inking up a solid stamp with a light-coloured ink. Grab two contrasting markers and open them to their brush tips. Hold the markers as you would drumsticks and thump away onto your stamp. If desired, you can add several more colours. When finished, reactivate the ink by "huffing." Stamp and enjoy.

• When you emboss on vellum and color in the design on the back of the vellum using markers, it looks like stained glass!

• Markers are great for colouring directly onto glossy cardstock.

(Photo and creation courtesy of Michelle Dyson)
• Ink up in a lighter colour and use a darker, same tone marker to "shade" on the rubber before stamping. In the example below, the stamp has been inked up in River Rock and then edged in Always Artichoke. This gives a similar result as rolling the stamp edges with an ink pad.

(Photo and creation courtesy of Marelle Taylor)
• Use the markers on Paper Clay after it is dry. Stamp your image, allow it to dry and then use the markers to colour in the image. This is useful when you are making Paper Clay ornaments, jewellery, etc.

• Use markers to write a personalized message or for journaling in your scrapbooks.

• Use markers to add shadow to a computer printed greeting by just highlighting on one side of the type (such as to the right of each letter.)

• Use the markers to draw lines or shapes on a brayer, and then run the brayer over your cardstock.
You can make some great tortoise shell, leopard or gemstone looks on glossy card stock.

• Use markers to colour white ribbon to match your card. You can now have 48 colours of grosgrain with just a couple swipes of the markers. Be sure to have a piece of paper underneath as you color on top of it and rubber gloves might be an idea too. In the example below a white taffeta ribbon has been dyed with a Rose Red marker:

(Photo and creation courtesy of Marelle Taylor)
• Use fine tip to highlight/outline inside edge of panel cards. Cut edge of cardstock with decorative shears and colour edge by using side of marker.

• Use a Bordering Blue marker to show "shadow" around a portion of image. The example below is from my previous post.

• Use on sponge to add colour to stamped images or create specialty backgrounds.

• Use brush tip to make hearts, butterflies, leaves, flowers, raindrops and watermelon seeds.

• Use the markers to fix "mistakes". If your stamped image isn't complete, use a coordinating marker to draw the incomplete lines.

• Emboss with them. Ink the stamp using Versamark then colour on your stamp with the markers. Stamp and emboss with clear embossing powder.

Well that was L O N G but hopefully you've got some new ideas for using marker pens. If you don't have any markers yet, you really can't be without them. Please contact me on 0402 347 010 or
email me before 9pm Sunday 14 December to take up this offer.

I'll try to come back later and edit this post to put some pictures in amongst the above notes so it is clearer.

Have a good day.

Love from Crafty Kim

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