ESAD Blog Hop | Stampin’ Blends

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Hello! Welcome to another ESAD Blog Hop. To find all out about ESAD – who we are and where to find us, check out the graphic at the end of this post.

Today’s theme is Stampin’ Blends.  These gorgeous alcohol markers are either a new addition to the range or a returning friend – depending on how you look at it.

Stampin’ Up! released a range of alcohol markers a few years ago, but the formulation just wasn’t right.  So, they took them off the market and have spent those year developing an even better product.  You’ve got to love a company that refuses to sell something that simply isn’t the best for their customers!

The Stampin’ Blends are available in 12 colour pairs (light & dark), two skin tones and a colour lifter.  Buy the whole set or stock up a few colours at a time – the choice is yours!!!

My post forms part of a circle of posts, so make sure to keep hitting ‘next’ until you get back to where you started – that way you won’t miss out on a moment of inspiration.

If you’re not sure about whether you need these markers or not, I’m sure this blog hop will show you just how awesome they are.

The versatility of the markers is awesome.  Because they are alcohol based (rather than water based like our Stampin’ Write Markers), you can use them for a range of projects including colour blending on card and adding colour on alternative surfaces.

It’s the adding colour on alternative surfaces that excites me!!!

My share for today is some temporary tattoos I made for the little misses.

Stampin’ Up! doesn’t sell the tattoo paper (you can search for that online).  It was a recent impulse buy.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but then when the Blends came back on the scene, it was the perfect project!

The kids loved making them with me and they look so cute!!!

This is the mermaid from Message in a Bottle stamp set.

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

Can you sense the excitement at personalised tattoos???

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

Of course, tattoo fun must extend to both Miss Papercrafts, so we got to try out a few designs…

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

The reindeer from Cookie Cutter Christmas was a little more fussy to cut, but a cute Christmas option…

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

We also tried blending the colours – which worked out ok.  Because the tattoo paper surface is glossy, they moved around a lot, but we got some colour variation on the bird from Color Me Happy…

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

And finally, a free hand rainbow (this is actually my favourite)!

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

Make sure you follow the instructions that come with your tattoo paper, but the basic process for me was….

  1. Stamp the image in Memento Jet Black ink.  Give it some time to dry.
  2. Colour the image using Stampin’ Blends.
  3. Apply the adhesive tattoo transfer sheet.  Press firmly with the Bone Folder.
  4. Trim around the image leaving no border (if possible)
  5. Remove the protective sheet and apply face down onto skin.
  6. Wet the tattoo with a damp cloth or paper towel.
  7. Slide off the backing.

ESAD Blog Hop Stampin' Blends & Temporary Tattoos | kelly kent

The tattoo designs will either need to be stamped black images that you colour with the Blends or drawn freehand with the Blends as you can’t apply Blends directly to your stamps.

These tattoos are temporary.  Of the four we applied, two had come off within hours (quite a few hours – but they didn’t see the day out).  Two made it through the day, but the colour faded and the edges lifted.  This was amazing considering they lasted through sunscreen, sweat, two showers and a swim in the pool!

I actually don’t see the short term nature of the tattoos as a problem.  They are a great option for an occasion or special event without being left with a fading tattoo for the days or weeks afterward!  If you do want to remove them, they easily come off with some Isocol (rubbing alcohol).


Thank you so much for joining me for this blog hop.

Please keep hopping and visit the lovely Barbara Williams

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If you get lost along the way, there’s a full participant list at the end of this post.

For information on supplies, please check the list of products I used.  All supplies can be purchased from your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  If your wishlist has grown as a result of this hop, you’ll be excited to know that Stampin’ Up! is covered the shipping on all orders from midnight Sydney time tonight until 11.59pm (8.59pm WA time).  What a perfect time to order those Blends!!!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Participant List:

  1. Libby Dyson
  2. Rachael Lewsley
  3. Lou Kitzelman
  4. Nicole Wilson
  5. Nerida Carter
  6. Jessie Holton
  7. Kristel Rimmer
  8. Cathy Pinchbeck
  9. Monique Fielder
  10. Amity Knight
  11. Maree McIntosh
  12. Leonie Schroder
  13. Courtenay Heuston
  14. Kelly Kent {YOU ARE HERE}
  15. Barbara Williams
  16. Renee Lynch
  17. Fi Cobbin

Stampin’ Blends…

Other products used…

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