Do I really need Chameleon Pens?

Chameleon alternative 1

So I’ve seen the promotional videos for Chameleon Pens. I love the idea of being able to make lighter tones of each colour, but I have LOADS of Promarkers and the Chameleon Pens are pretty expensive.

I wondered….can you do the same thing with Promarkers?

So I bought a cheap colourless blender (99p from The Works) and decided to try them out.

Chameleon alternative 2

So like with the Chameleon Pens, I tried holding the tip of the colourless blender to the tip of the Promarker. Apparently you have to do it with the blender pen above the Promarker or the colour from the marker goes onto the blender!

I then coloured with the Promarker:

Chameleon alternative 3

Not all my photos came out well, but you can see from the one underneath that it colours from clear and gradually fades into the full Promarker colour.

I tried it for severall different lengths of time.

Chameleon alternative 4

So it worked pretty well. Have a go yourself! Feel free to let me know if you have Chameleon pens, how you think it compares!

It seems to work best with darker/stronger colours.

Hand-Carved Hot Air Balloon Stamp

Hand-Carved Hot Air Balloon Stamp

I fancied doing a little bit of stamp carving yesterday, as a break between job applications (although I probably ended up doing job applications between goes at stamping with it!) I was inspired by a tag that came with some wrapping paper I bought.

balloon stamp carving

bright balloons

I repeated the process I used for the new home cards, stamping on different papers and cutting out the shapes to collage together. I also coloured some areas with Promarkers. The colours work well on bright white paper.

brown paper balloons

I then tried stamping onto brown paper, stamping patterns and colouring with Promarkers. Quite different, bit interesting I think.

Not sure what I’m going to do with all these balloons as yet, but fun to experiment.

balloon stamp spread

I Found My Blitzer!

stencil plus blitzer

stencil plus blitzer colour restored

After seeing this post http://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/beautiful-cityscape-i-love-this-stamp/  by the Frugal Crafter and seeing the machine Tim Holtz and Stampin Up are peddling, I thought….I have one of them from when I was a kid, but it’s called a Blitzer. My Mum had saved it in a cupboard and it’s in good nick considering it’s 15-20 years old! I thought it would be perfect for stenciling as I have found it pretty difficult to get a crisp image all over the stencil! You add pens (I used Promarkers) and pump air through it and the ink kinda bursts onto the page. Some pens put splodges and some more find sprays of ink, fab for stencils though so I’m really chuffed!

The second image is just where I have added colour restoration when scanning it in. Interesting to see how the colours change!