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Coloring stamps

Do any of you color in your stamps? If so, what kind of markers/pens do you use? I have a cute Fiesta stamp for P's party invites (in March) and of course the picture of the stamp is adorable because it's colored in.

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I use watercolor pencils and (unable to get anymore) SU blender pens. I can even use regular colored pencils with my blender pens. My friend highlights areas with chalk and a damp really fine paintbrush.

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There are so many ways, it really depends on the look you want.

I like watercolor pencils and blender pens too. And SU still has the blender pens!! (go here and click shop now, then search for "blender pens" for more info Biggrin )
I also really like the watercolor crayons with blender pens or aquapainters.
You can also use the blender pens with ink pads... or with chalk, but I like using chalk with q-tips or sponge daubers.

gotta run.... baby crying............

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Now I want to get some of those blender pens!

I have been using colored pencils, but the effect those blender pens give is wonderful! I've been seeing them a lot in work and didn't know what they were talking about until now. Lorita, I may be getting a set asap. Wink

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How do each of the coloring tools work and look? I have never colored mine in cause it seems like too much work.

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"MommyCB" wrote:

Now I want to get some of those blender pens!

I have been using colored pencils, but the effect those blender pens give is wonderful! I've been seeing them a lot in work and didn't know what they were talking about until now. Lorita, I may be getting a set asap. Wink

You will totally love them! Biggrin
Let me know if you have any questions.

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How do each of the coloring tools work and look? I have never colored mine in cause it seems like too much work.

I will try to find samples of each... a little later Smile

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Please do show some of those blender pens in your work and you just might have my business!!! Smile

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I don't use stamps that often, but when I do I use colored pencils

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Wait, you sell SU? If so, can I order 2 from you?

I swear the last time I tried to get blender pens there were none and the pricing was ridiculous on eBay. I just gave it up and stopped looking. It's been a couple years.

Mine are so cruddy I haven't used them much lately. This is the last thing I did with them.

Ugh. That's a bad example. My pens didn't blend it well. There are 2 main ways to use blender pens...wait, 3. One is to draw an outline of the color you want to use, and then use the blender pen to sweep the color into the rest of the image. A second way (like I did here) is to color the image like you would with colored pencils and then blend it together to make it a solid color without pencil lines. A third was is to draw some of the color on a scrap piece of paper, then load the color onto the pen and color it onto the image from there. It all depends on how intense you want the color.

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"MommyMish" wrote:

Wait, you sell SU? If so, can I order 2 from you?

I swear the last time I tried to get blender pens there were none and the pricing was ridiculous on eBay. I just gave it up and stopped looking. It's been a couple years.

Absolutely! And as of Sept, you can finally order online!
Just go here and click on shop now. I've only had one person order online, but she said it was really easy Smile

You can also "browse projects" once you are in the online store. There are a lot of cards and sb page samples, and it will give you a list of what they used for each one.

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here's some more tips (can't take credit for it... I saved a doc someone else was sharing and her name isn't even on it)

BLENDER PEN TIPS:

- Trace around the inside of your stamped images with WC pencils or crayons! Then using your blender pull the color in towards the center of the image. It looks painted and shading is perfect! Simple.

- Use them with your inkpads. While the inkpad is closed, pick up the ink by pressing the inkpad lid onto the inside of the inkpad. Open it up & use the ink that pools onto the lid from your pressing.

- Use your Water-Color markers as a palette; scribble some onto a non-porous surface and lift the colors with your blender pen.

- Just tap your blender pen gently onto your chalks and color your stamped images in for a real soft and pastel look!

- To shadow and shade. Once in a class, the instructor said rather than try to match light and dark colors, as on flowers, just start with the dark and pull out the color to make it lighter.

- wipe your blender pen off onto paper before using the next color!

- Blenders are great for painting on vellum! Real elegant look to it!

- Use an ink spot to dab some ink on a non-porous surface like the plastic lid of your stamp set or an old CD. Then, use your blender pen to pick up color and paint.

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OOOOHHHH, DH is in so much trouble!! Don't you love when they try to "help" you clean/organize.
Can't find my watercolor pencils or crayons or chalks.... I know they are all together... somewhere!?! Sad

Gonna hit the sack, will try again tomorrow.

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Done and done. I'm so happy I can support a pg.org scrapper. Smile

You've made my entire MONTH.

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"MommyMish" wrote:

Done and done. I'm so happy I can support a pg.org scrapper. Smile

You've made my entire MONTH.

Thank you so much... and you just totally made my day! Biggrin
Every penny I don't have to spend on diapers and expensive preemie formula is fine by me Biggrin

I have a busy morning ahead, but it includes stopping by a friend (and fellow demo's) house, so I am going to ask if I can borrow some stuff so I can make some samples since DH has organized some of mine into a black hole I guess. :rolleyes:

Gotta run!

Thanks again Michelle!

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Almost forgot.... here are a couple samples to start with:

this one, I used blender pens with ink:
http://stampwithlorita.typepad.com/photos/springmini_07/dsc05072.html

and this one, you can't tell much, but in the yellow square (which was stamped with a square stamp) I colored with watercolor pencils and then used the blender pen over it. (scroll down to the card:
http://stampwithlorita.typepad.com/stamping_with_lorita/2008/12/its-already-that-time-again-retiring-list-is-here.html

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I didn't know you could use colored pencils.

I use Marvy Matchables Brush Markers

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"Honey3.14" wrote:

I didn't know you could use colored pencils.

I use Marvy Matchables Brush Markers

Now, do you use the markers to color the stamp itself and then put the image on the paper or do you use them to just color in the stamped image once it is on the paper?

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I just learned so much! I never knew things like this existed!

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"MinaAriel" wrote:

Now, do you use the markers to color the stamp itself and then put the image on the paper or do you use them to just color in the stamped image once it is on the paper?

I color the stamp itself and then stamp the paper. I figure I can color in the paper if I want to with any old pencil.

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I saw some of those blender pens at HL today. It seems the color would "blend or run" if you used different colors though, is that not the case or do you need one for each color scheme?

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"mnbarmy" wrote:

It seems the color would "blend or run" if you used different colors though, is that not the case or do you need one for each color scheme?

Between colors, you just mark on scratch paper until all the color is gone again. The tips will eventually end up stained, but as long as it writes clear, you're good to go for the next color.

Is that what you wanted to know?

I am still working on samples and I'm going to try to do a video so you can see it in action Biggrin

Off to work on the samples now while everyone is asleep!

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I didn't forget!
The boys have PT in a couple minutes, but after the teacher leaves (2 hours), I'll post some samples. I tried a video but not sure how it came out... gotta go!

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I use regular scrapbooking markers to color mine ... but I need better ones. I find that I have to blow on them (moist air) before I stamp.

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oh no, this post is making me CRAVE stampin' up products!!!!!

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Ok, I should know better than to say I'm going to post something at a certain time... lol... with twin babies and a 2yo, that's actually kind of a dumb thing to do! Blum 3

Here we go........

Markers:

Watercolor Pencils w/ blender pen... first pic is with just the pencil outline I did, then after I used the blender pen over it.

Blender Pen with pastels... Pick up color from the corner or edge of the chalk so it doesn't wet the main surface.

Then color...

This is after I finished coloring with the chalk & blender pen... and I started coloring with a Watercolor Wonder Crayon, but I guess I didn't take an "after" pic for the crayon... or maybe it didn't show up well when I was trying to take pics.. blame my dh for helping me clean/organize and all I can find of my WWcrayons is a very pale color!! K, vent over...

The 3 crabs together for comparison...

Pastels w/ sponge daubers (my favorite way to use the chalks):

It's hard to see in the photos, but the pastels give a really soft, pretty look...

Did this one on the video so I don't have step-by-step pics... the girl's dress, hat, and skin were done with Watercolor Pencils and the Blender Pen... the sky and grass were Pastels w/ Sponge Daubers

Almost forgot this one...
Blender pen used with an ink pad:
Here, I squeezed my SU! ink pad to create a little ink splotch in the lid to grab color from...

You can also put a drop of ink refill into the lid to get more color...

The video I did needs a LOT of editing, but I will share as soon as I can.

Please let me know if I need to clarify anything, or if you have questions about anything else... I love to help and share... (that's probably why I do this Wink )

I wish I could just have you all over for an afternoon and play.... Party at my place this weekend? LOL Smile

ETA: sorry for the watermarks... I'll be putting this on my blog too, so I try to be careful. I guess there were some demos copy-pasting tutorials onto their own blogs and claiming them as their own. Sad

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"coolmama72" wrote:

I use regular scrapbooking markers to color mine ... but I need better ones. I find that I have to blow on them (moist air) before I stamp.

That is normal, especially on a large stamp or when using a few colors... by the time you finish coloring, it needs a little boost of moisture.

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"InspiredHeartDesigns" wrote:

oh no, this post is making me CRAVE stampin' up products!!!!!

I have the cure for that, Liz! Wink
You know you want some... LOL

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wow Lorita, thank you for all the nice examples! You make me want to order those pens ASAP. Smile
ETA, the party sounds awesome! Can I bring anything? How about dip and chips. Wink

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"MommyCB" wrote:

wow Lorita, thank you for all the nice examples! You make me want to order those pens ASAP. Smile
ETA, the party sounds awesome! Can I bring anything? How about dip and chips. Wink

Sounds good Charys! See you Sat, then? Biggrin

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What kind of markers did you use to color the first one?

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"mnbarmy" wrote:

What kind of markers did you use to color the first one?

Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Write markers... they are dual tipped: brush marker on one end and .5mm on the other end...

I think it's .5mm... I'll double-check...

ok, yep... here's the write-up on them:

Have you ever created a marvelous card, only to get frustrated when you couldn’t find a coordinating marker? With Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive coordinating color families, that will never happen again.

■ Dual tipped markers: .5 mm fine point and flexible brush
■ Available individually or in a set
■ Odorless, water-based dye ink
■ Coordinates with Classic Stampin’ Pads and exclusive Stampin’ Up! card stock
■ Finger grips on cap aid in easy cap removal
■ Set of 12 markers

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"RR333" wrote:

Sounds good Charys! See you Sat, then? Biggrin

Lol i'll book mark your website, we re-did our budget and I get $30/month for play money...it's not much, but i don't really need much either. Smile

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Oooo! SU stuff is SOO cool! I wish I could have it all! Thanks for the pics!

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hehehehe... my husband and I also officially get $30 a month to spend on our crafts that the other can't say anything about.

I say officially, because he asks me to do a lot of things for church so I get bonus items then. We also buy each other a lot of stuff from our wish lists for presents.

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Biggrin

ooooooohh... I think I need a craft allowance too!
"But Dear, all the other girls get one..." Wink

Michelle, that's nice about the bonus items!

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Do we have to ask for these allowances Wink I think I have an unoficial one Lol

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Do we have to ask for these allowances Wink I think I have an unoficial one Lol

LOL.... unofficial, I have....

but I want an official one too! Lol

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Well, hubby and I just determined we'd give an amount for us to keep in our heads so we limit spending. He needs absolute in numbers. I'm able to better say "Well I bought this last month, so I'll hold off"... more approximates. In the end we spend about the same amount a year on crafts, even though I'll spend $70 at a time and then wait a bit, and he sticks to $30 a month.