Yesterday I shared a card I colored with ink and a blender pen. You can see that post HERE. I appreciate and read every comment and love getting tips and inspiration from you. I had a few questions about blender pens so I thought I would share a little information along with a storage tip and special refill “recipe”. Thank you Chris R. for the inspiration for this post.
Blender Pens Item # 102845 $10
Blender pens combine the flexibility of watercolors with the convenience of markers. It’s easy to achieve a beautiful watercolor effect using blender pens with watercolor pencils, ink, or markers. The tip cleans off with just a stroke or two on scratch paper, so you don’t need a different pen for each color. Blender pens (and markers) should be stored in a horizontal position to allow the liquid to continually saturate both ends. These dual-tipped pens are filled with a specialized solution to blend ink easily. A card club member, Colleen, shared with me awhile back that you can refill the blender pens so I did a little research and found the “recipe”. It’s just 3 ingredients and I found all of them at CVS Pharmacy.
4 tsp. Distilled Water
2 tsp. Glycerin
¼ tsp. Rubbing Alcohol
*Note: You MUST use distilled water. Tap water has minerals, chlorine and other impurities in it. These will cause your pen to smell and/or get moldy.
Mix all ingredients together. Gently pull the tips out of the blender pen (both ends). You can easily pull the tips out with your fingers (or tweezers). Be careful not to ruin the tips. *Put the caps back on both ends of the marker so you don’t dry out the barrel inside. Soak the tips in the fluid for a few hours (or overnight if they are very dry). Gently push the tips back into the marker. I store my refill solution in a recycled embellishment case.
To watercolor you simply pick up ink from the lid of your ink pad and color the image. You can also color the image with watercolor pencils or markers then blend with the pen.
I decided to make my card today a little different than yesterday. I layered the image on Blushing Bride then adhered it to a Sahara Sand card base. I also added a bow using Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon from the Occasions Catalog (item # 142794).
I stamped and colored the front of my envelope this time instead of the flap.
Which one do you prefer?
Stamp Set: Big on Birthdays Ink: Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz Papers: Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride Tools & Accessories: Blender Pen, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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*Update on my “Just Stampin’ Card Kit and 3D Project Buffet” TO GO … I had not planned on surgery setting me back last month. I have been working diligently this week trying to finish getting the kits (that were earned or ordered in February) cut, photographed, and packaged. I plan to have the kits ready to be mailed out this weekend which is just a day or two later than originally planned. I think you will be very pleased! After I ship your kit, I will send you an email along with an attached document with the directions. Thanks so much for your order and your understanding!
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