Sunday, April 10, 2011

Stampin' Write Markers Tips and Tricks

Have you ever created a marvelous project only to get frustrated when you couldn’t find a coordinating marker? When you buy the Many Marvelous Markers, you'll have all the colors you need and you'll save money!

 Uses For Markers

 Get a terrific watercolor look with markers by going back over lines with a wet paintbrush. Or try coloring on the
shiny side of a CD until you get a little puddle of ink. Use a damp watercolor brush and paint your black stamped
image. Looks like you used watercolors to paint it.

 Markers allow you to omit apart of the stamp. Just use them to ink up the part of the image you want to see stamped.

 You can match the marker color with a paper color if you haven't purchased the matching stamp pad yet.

 You can color in a stamp with multiple marker colors, huff, and stamp.

 Use your brayer with markers for an interesting look. You can make some great tortoise shell, leopard or gemstone looks on glossy card stock.

 You can have a lot of fun with the Color Spritzer and markers. This gives a splatter look.

 When you emboss on vellum and then color in the design on the back of the vellum using markers, it looks like
stained glass!
 Markers are great for coloring on Glossy cardstock.
Ink up in a lighter color and use a darker, same tone marker to "shade" on the rubber before stamping.

Use the markers on Paper Clay after it is dry. Stamp your image, allow to dry and then use the markers to color in
the image.

 Use markers to write a personalized message or for journaling in scrapbooks.

 Use markers to add shadow to a My Digital Studio (MDS) printed greeting by just highlighting on one side of the type (such as to the right of all the letters.)

 Use the markers to draw lines or shapes on a brayer, and then run the brayer over your cardstock.

Use markers to color white organdy ribbon to match your card.

Use fine tip to highlight/outline inside edge of panel cards. Cut edge of cardstock with decorative punch and color edge by using side of marker.

 Use a gray marker to show "shadow" around a portion of image.

 Use markers right on your stamp to do omitting and multi-coloring.

Make a palette by coloring with markers on a piece of plastic wrap and water coloring with a blender pen or paintbrush.

 "Thumping" technique – Ink solid stamp with a light color. Use coordinating
colors of markers and “thump” the color onto the stamp. Use a motion like you are using a drum stick. Huff on your stamp before applying it to the paper. Gives a mottled look.

Use markers for more color choices when filling in tatoos. The ink will wash off (may require repeat washings.)

Use on sponge to add color to stamped images or create specialty backgrounds.

Use brush tip to make hearts, butterflies, leaves, flowers, raindrops and watermelon seeds.

Use markers to color in image that was first stamped on plastic shrink using the black pad. They will then need to
be sealed with clear fingernail polish or other sealer after they have been shrunk in order to make them waterproof.

Use the markers to fix "mistakes". If your stamped image isn't complete, use a coordinating marker to draw the incomplete lines.

You can use your markers to change the color of the shimmer paints. Just scribble the color marker of your choice on a plastic surface like an old CD, add a shimmer paint. and voila!--you've created a custom shimmer paint color!

Use the markers to dye white grosgrain ribbon to that color. Just be sure to have a piece of paper underneath as you color on top of it. This is a great way to get a coordinating ribbon for your projects.

Color “Pull” Technique — Smear the marker ink on a CD or other plastic surface and then pick it up with a blender pen. This diffuses the ink. This technique also works beautifully if you simply outline the image with the marker and then use the blender pen right on the paper and "pull" the color into the image. Then you can use the pen-tip end of the marker and just put little hints of color in the image.

Emboss with them. How? Ink the stamp using pigment ink pad then color on your stamp with the markers. Stamp and emboss with clear embossing powder.

Color with them!1. Markers work terrific with the blender pens. Use markers instead of
watercolor pencils. Stamp image in black. Outline the inside of your image with the markers and use the blender pens
to pull the colors around. Or touch the tip of the blender pen to the tip of the brush end and color with that. This gives a
lighter version of the color. This technique looks more subtle than coloring the whole thing with the marker.


By using markers to ink up your stamps, you have the luxury of choosing multiple colors to ink up your image. Also,
when using markers you can actually add to the images you have in your rubber stamp collection by choosing which
parts of a stamp you want to ink up, and leaving some parts uninked, or 'omitted'.
In addition to choosing separate colors for separate areas of your image, you can also blend colors with markers to get a
rainbow effect.



Re-filling Markers is not endorsed by Stampin' Up! or me, but there are ways to do it, if you want to try it.

Don't remove the tip from the barrel at all! If you put some re-inker into a clear film canister and let the marker sit in it
for a while the marker will suck up all the ink it needs. Then wipe the tip replace the cap and allow the marker to rest
flat this will allow the ink to travel to the small tip as well. It's a lot less messy!
1. Carefully and gently remove the wide tip of the marker. You can try using needle nose pliers to do this but try to not
damage the marker tip or the plastic top of the barrel of the marker. Grip towards bottom of the brush marker but above
the plastic barrel. Kind of gently wiggle side-to-side and lift out.

2. Fill a small container (lid from a 2- liter bottle, an empty 35 mm film container, etc.) with the coordinating color of
re-inker. Place the brush tip of the marker that you'ver removed into the container that has the re- inker fluid in. Allow
to soak from 10 minutes to 24 hours depending on how dry the tip was.
3. Add several amounts of re- inker to the barrel of the marker.

4. Re- insert the brush tip into the barrel of the marker. Do so gently and carefully.
5. Try out the marker on a scrap piece of paper just to be sure it is free of leaks and you've completely secured the brush
tip so it will not fall out.

**TIP: Be sure to store markers horizontally and not vertically (upright). This way the ink will not accumulate more to
one tip than the other. This will extend the life of your markers without having to re-ink them.
I hope you are enjoying these tips and tricks that I've been digging up for you. Maybe you will find a nugget or two that you can use in your crafts.

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Denise Foor

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