Since this is Sale-a-bration time for Stampin' Up! and you get something from the SAB catalog for every $50 you spend, markers and watercolor crayons may be a great addition to your wish list. I'm no longer a demonstrator, but I do like to take advantage of this opportunity as a customer.
Before I purchased these coloring tools, I wasn't sure which I wanted to invest in - markers, crayons or pencils. Today's tips will focus on the benefits of the markers and the crayons. Stampin' Up! also sells waterolor pencils; however, they do not match the SU! colors. The markers and crayons both match the SU! color families and the neutrals.
- Markers can also be ordered individually as well as sets. (except for the In Colors and some neutrals where you have to order a set.)
- Classic refill inks can be used to refresh a marker so they last a long time. Eventually I understand the tips may wear down.
- Markers are used to color in images, but more importantly to color stamps. If you have a flower stamp for example and you want the petals in one color and the center in another, you just use the markers to color before stamping. In the card below, I used the markers to color "happy birthday" from a greeting stamp that had other words on it giving me just the greeting I wanted.
- There are two tips - a fine tip for writing and coloring detail and a brush tip usually used on a stamp or for coloring larger areas.
- Markers can color on any type of paper you would normally stamp on since they are the same ink as Classic (dye) inks.
Watercolor Crayons: These also come in sets for each of the 4 color families and a set of neutrals. They are not available in In Colors or for individual purchase.
- Crayons are less expensive than markers.
- Crayons are usually used with blender pens to color in images or add a little color around an image. If you are really artistic, you can just do your own images, I suppose.
- The colors typically come out more subtle than the actual shade in ink; however, you can keep applying color to darken the image. Both cards above use Cameo Coral - a marker on the left and the watercolor crayon on the card on the right. What a difference!
- Because of their subtle coloring, you can use blender pens to apply color to select elements in a detailed image without coloring every part as in this Home for Christmas design.
- Blender pens usually work best on watercolor paper or a paper with a slightly rougher texture. I often use the office supply store white cardstock as I mentioned in last week's Tips.
So these are both great product with their own advantages. Personally, I have two sets of markers and three sets of the crayons. I doubt I'll ever buy the markers in Rich Regals since I just don't use those colors very often. I might buy a few individuals.
Ingredients for both cards: Stamp Set: Petal from Stampin' Up!; On Your Birthday for Greetings also from SU!
Cardstock and ribbon from unknown sources.
Ink: Staz-on black, various Earth Elements, Bold Brights markers; Earth Elements, Soft Subtles and Rich Regals watercolor crayons
Vellum from Hobby Lobby
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