Only every time I did this, the results were less than satisfactory. The multicolored images never looked as crisp and smooth and perfect as inking with a single inkpad did. The
This didn't stop me from buying the giant box o' markers from StampinUp for my 40th birthday, of course, or from buying the markers to match Memento inks when I went gaga for them.
This hobby turns us all stupid when it comes to hoarding stuff, doesn't it?
Eventually, I downsized my marker hoard again, keeping only a few of the SU markers and all the Memento ones, and storing them out of my immediate work area so they wouldn't be in the way.
While contemplating them for the Use-Your-Stash Challenge, however, I remembered one tried-and-true technique that I simply ADORE using markers for: thumping.
Thumping involves putting a light color all over a stamp and then tapping a darker marker over it in random pats. Then, you can either 1) huff on the stamp (exhale onto it) to dampen the inks, or 2) spritz lightly with water, which will blend the ink colors to create a lovely watercolor effect.
I hope you'll agree that thumping justifies keeping markers around. This lovely stamp (a very old Stampabilities one, I believe) is perfect for thumping. This image was colored first with SU Almost Amethyst, then Memento Bamboo was added to the stem and leaves, and then Memento Grape Jelly was thumped onto the Amethyst. A light spritz with water, and yay! A pretty, watercolor-y image!
After the image was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black...the dense and crisp ink contrasts nicely with the soft flower stem and is easy to read over it. Three rhinestones colored to match with alcohol markers finish the card nicely.
Not all stamps work so well with this technique, but it's my favorite with floral stamps for adding dimension and interest, even to very simple images.
Needless to say, I'm keeping the markers I have.
Do you like and use your markers? Are there markers that work better for you than others? What other techniques do you like to do with markers? Inquiring minds, you know....
stamps: Stampabilities (discontinued)
ink: Memento Luxe black
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: SU and Memento markers, spritz bottle filled with plain water, rhinestones, alcohol markers for coloring the rhinestones