Hello fellow crafters! It’s Saturday and that means I have a card to share on the Make The Day Special Stamp Store blog today. I discovered a technique which I hope will excite you as much as it excites me. My main focus is on coloring with a medium you might not have considered so far: Stabilo fibre tip pens. And before you groan at yet another thing to invest in, I’ll stop you right here: they are super cheap (your kids might use them already for school or just plain coloring), you can buy them in packs or individually, and if you have water color paper, chances are you can achieve blending effects similar to Copic markers!
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Now, I know, this video shows a ton of techniques and products: the Elizabeth Craft Glitter is of course just an awesome eye catcher and I was happy to use it for such a large area. You don’t use a lot of glitter for this, so don’t be afraid to glitter up larger areas. And Lawn Fawn’s Milo’s ABC is still my absolutely favorite alphabet stamp set ever. You get each letter multiple times, and so it’s easy to create a complete sentiment without having to leave empty spaces for repeating letters.
But the star of the show should be the little fellow from the Mama Elephant Cosmic Stars stamp set. You can color him any way you want, but I used the Stabilo Pens I mentioned. I found that, on water color paper, they blend very nicely and give you an effect that can be compared to Copic Markers.
Now, don’t get me wrong: you won’t get the same quality of blending, but if you are on a budget, the Stabilo Pens might be worth your consideration. I had a few individual pens lying around and after I – completely by accident – discovered that they blend, I purchased the full 50 pieces set, for less than €40, which makes each marker less than a single Euro. Check out the video for some additional remarks on which papers will work, and how to best blend with these pens.
The background was stamped with a background stamp from Denami Design – I just love the tiny stars and they seemed to fit perfectly with my card. And if you wonder what’s up with this ‘weird’ sentiment – well, I saw the little character from Mama Elephant and he reminded me of a crab. And the crab reminded me of a scene from one of my favorite TV show, ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’, from the Hallmark channel (if you are not in the US, you can grab it via iTunes). It’s just a feel-good show, with some darling characters and one of them cheers up another one (after she’s been verbally hurt) by telling her that while’s she’s soft on the inside, she’s like a special breed of crabs: she has a tough outer shell that makes her unsquashable 🙂
And of course, a card like this just screams for some beautiful Pretty Pink Posh sequins and I was happy that I had a few colors that matched the rest of the card perfectly.
I’m sending this card off to the following challenges to spread some cheer and smiles: Addicted To Stamps and More because it’s Anything Goes week!; The Friday Mashup that wants farm animals and glitter and before you say a crab is not a farm animal – there, ha!; Simon Says Stamp ask for Creatures Great and Small and I shall deliver.
I hope you enjoyed the card and you have a great Valentine’s Day! Thanks for stopping by, your comments make my day!