Stampin’ Write Markers are one of my must-have stamping supplies. They come in EVERY stampin’ Up! color and they coordinate beautifully with the cardstock, designer papers and embellishments.
Recently, I was asked “Do I need both Stampin’ Write Markers and Stampin’ Blends?”. My immediate answer was “YES!” However, after I gave it some thought a better answer is “IT DEPENDS”. It depends on what techniques you like best and your budget and here is why:
- Stampin’ Write markers are affordable. They can be purchased in one complete set or in sets by color families so that you can build up your collection of inks quickly and then purchase the full-size inkpads in your favorite colors.
- Stampin’ Write markers use the same ink as the ink pads, so if they run out, you just top them up again. Super easy, you just take one of the nibs out and put a few drops of ink (maybe 3 or 4 drops). Reinsert the nibs and allow the pen to rest awhile in order to redistribute the ink.
- Stampin’ Write markers have dual tips – with one end having a durable, brush tip that provides broad coverage for general usage such as inking a stamp, and a fine tip for coloring in tight spots of outline images or for hand-lettering.
- Stampin’ Write markers are perfect for multi-colored stamping. Highlight one word in a sentiment, color different parts of the image in different colors, omit parts of the design. Before stamping, recommend breathing (or huffing) on the stamp to add moisture that may have been lost while applying color.
- Stampin’ Write markers add that touch of class when addressing the envelope, writing a personalized message inside the card, journaling in your scrapbooks — so much classier than ball-point pen.
- Stampin’ Write markers are great for adding your own unique embellishments — add dots and dashes, draw simple lines, scribbles or curly-qs, and better yet, create your own scripty decorative font!
- Stampin’ Write markers are perfect for colorbook coloring. Stamp image in Memento Ink or Black Stazon ink and color with markers. Looks great on glossy card stock.
- Stampin’ Write markers are perfect for watercoloring techniques — this is probably one of my most favorite techniques! Make a palette by scribbling on your acryllic block. Pick up the color using your blender pen or aqua painter and paint your image just as with paint. This technique gives a lighter version of the marker color, much more subtle than coloring directly to the paper with the marker
- Stampin’ Write markers are perfect for touching up stamped images or extending lines.
Couple of Tips:
- As these are dual tip markers, recommend always storing your Markers horizontally to ensure an even distribution of inks between two ends.
- The marker label indicates which is the fine-tip and the brush-tip.
- The tops of the markers are stackable — so that you won’t loose the tops on your craft table.
- When coloring your stamp, apply ink using “the side” of the brush marker. This will help keep the brush tip firm and minimize the tip breaking down.
- When coloring with markers direct to paper start with the lighter colors first and build up with darker and other colors. To minimize the potential for contaminating ink colors, always scribble the marker on scratch paper before storing.
- Only the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker is available for individual purchase. However, there are several videos available on-line to show you how to re-ink your marker.
Stampin’ Write Markers are available for purchase from my on-line store. Simply click on the link provided.
Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!