Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Splitcoast Tutorial: Blender Pen Bleed

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is called Blender Pen Bleed! It's a beautiful reaction between colorless blender ink and the dye inks manufactured by Stewart Superior.

I have to confess that this tutorial threw me for a little loop... I tried some other Stewart Superior inks (hybrid - no reaction) and then some other dye inks (Ranger - no reaction) before contacting Ilina to verify what kind of ink I actually needed..... I didn't have any of the newer branded inks she did (Gina K, WPlus9, Hero Arts...) but remembered I had some older Memories inks. What I have, though, are dark red, green, and blue, and a mess of pale inks from 100 years ago when we used to do shadow stamping with solid stamps - does anyone remember those days? The technique works best with layering stamps, and most of my sets are 5 step sets, not 2 step... but I finally remembered this older SU set that was one of very few I have NEEDED to own - Roses in Winter. 

So the tutorial calls for a blender pen, but mine wasn't working fast enough for me, so I went for the bottle of reinker, and then used a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol - so I have a little extra bleed in my panel. You can use either the front or the back of the panel, so those are pictured above. I liked the deeper blue on the front.

I intended to have some pale blue stenciling on my card, but apparently Stewart Superior ink also reacts with whatever ink I failed to clean out of my Clarity stencil brush, so that's what turned up instead. Pretty!

This thank you stamp is one of mine from Impression Obsession - it's here - I also used a text stamp for a little extra background noise.

That's all I know!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. You're SO FUNNY, Dina! ;) I think your card/s came out BEAUTIFUL!!! Thinking here, I don't think I have any of those inks either, OR the two step stamps. LOL I haven't fallen in love with those yet. ;)

  2. That's pretty cool ! I love the kinda blurry effect it gives.