Yesterday while watching the World Series, I played with my Stampin’ Blends and one of the cute birds in the stamp set, Best Birds. If you love to color, I really think you’re going to love these new pens (they’ll be available next week on November 1st). I love them and am so happy that Stampin’ Up! will be releasing them soon!

If you aren’t familiar with alcohol-based pens, they are completely different than coloring with pens such as our Stampin’ Write Markers.  These new pens glide over your paper and your coloring is even looking, not choppy.  I usually don’t use regular markers for coloring because I don’t care for the harsh brush strokes.

There are other alcohol-based pens out on the market, such as Copics, but they definitely have a learning curve to them.  The Stampin’ Blends come in 12 Stampin’ Up! colors which means they match our card stock.  I love that coordination!  Each color has a light and dark pen which makes blending a breeze. You don’t have to wonder which colors will coordinate because if you just use a dark and light in one color, you know they’ll blend beautifully.  If you’re new to these types of pen, just color with them and don’t worry about blending!

On the 1st, you can purchase the pens individually or as combo packs OR buy the entire collection which includes Ivory, Bronze and the Color Lifter.  (The Color Lifter pushes color away which is helpful if you’ve gone outside the lines).

I mentioned that if you just use the dark and light in one color, you know they’ll blend well together but play around with them and see what you like!  I ventured out and tried two colors together.  I stamped my bird onto Thick Whisper White using Memento Ink and colored the entire bird with Light Pool Party and then used Dark Pool Party and Light Bermuda Bay to add shadows. His beak was colored with Dark Daffodil Delight.

I’m so excited for November 1st to arrive so that you’ll have a chance to purchase these wonderful pens!

Best Birds Photopolymer Bundle

Best Birds Photopolymer Bundle

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