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Hello Lovely: Fun with Blendabilities

Sorry for the almost month-long absence from blogging. It's been a busy month of getting ready for school to start -- both at the state college where I manage the website and for our teenagers as high school started this week. And I've been busy as always helping my mom since she moved nearby to assisted living a few months ago.

I have been making some fun projects and will share them in the coming days. First up, one of the cards from my August stamp clubs. It features the beautiful new stamp set Hello Darling (I LOVE the faux sequins stamp -- a must-have set just for that stamp). I wanted to use a set that had bold images for the background but also line art images so we could do some coloring with our new Blendabilities alcohol markers.


The card features the Cherry Cobbler markers as the main colors for the flowers -- but check out how pretty the focal point is when colored with Pumpkin Pie or Rich Razzleberry markers. It went much faster because people could use different colors and they all matched the card.


The gold embossed sequins added an almost Asian feel. This card needed a fancy inside as well -- plus the vanilla panel is a must since the base was black card stock.


The greeting on the inside is from the set Flower Patch - but all the other stamps used are from the one Hello Darling set.

I love coloring with the Blendabilities. Each set of colors includes three shades: light, medium and dark, but even if you don't do much shading, it's just so easy to color without having marker lines show. I like to use a light touch at first so the ink does not bleed outside the lines -- then I can always add more color if needed. There are just a few guidelines to follow: stamp with our Memento Black in pad (the alcohol will not make that ink run) and stamp on SU's Whisper White or Very Vanilla Card Stock -- the perfect smooth surface. I like to color with my paper on top of our Silicone Craft Sheet because the ink soaks through so the craft sheet protects your table. I always plan my projects so the images are stamped on a piece of card stock I then layer onto the card: not right on the front of the card because the ink will soak through. It's fun experimenting with something new.

Have you tried the new Blendabilities yet?