You may remember that I posted a bit ago that I was super excited about the Blendabilities markers, but was reluctant to share too much since they weren't available to non-demonstrators yet. I'm very happy to report that I can speak in the past tense about this! As of yesterday, a subset of the Blendabilities markers are now available for purchase. This is the same set of markers that I could purchase a little bit ago as a perk of being a demonstrator. Stampin' Up! has also announced that the remainder of the markers will be available to non-demonstrators on August 1st. This is sooooo exciting!!!
I purchased the Blended Bloom single stamp so I could practice my coloring with these markers. The petals are big enough so you can really create a color graded look and I have been happy with every one that I've colored. I've made flowers in Rich Razzleberry (2 actually), Cherry Cobbler and Pumpkin Pie. I used Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight to color in the centers of the flower (which frankly is the most persnickety part of the process). I love how every one of them turned out! The Memento ink is da Bomb, too! The trick is to let it dry for several seconds before you start coloring to avoid smearing. These markers were specially formulated to work wonderfully on our Whisper White cardstock. You can blend and blend and the cardstock stays as smooth as when you started, no pilling at all. The Color Lifter would be more appropriately named the "Color Lightener" in my opinion. I've seen people say that you can use it to clean up spots where you want to remove ink, but it doesn't quite work that way in my experience. It more lightens the color that is there, but you can still see that there is something; so if you go outside the lines, you still have color outside the lines. However, I think it works fantastically for adding highlights into your colored image, and it definitely has its use in your coloring. The best way to proceed is to buy a set or two and the ink to experiment. That's where you'll really get to build skill and see how beautiful these are. I enthusiastically give these products two thumbs up!
Here is a video that Stampin' Up! created to teach the Blendabilities basics:
These are the current Blendabilities products that are available along with the Blended Bloom stamp that I experimented with: