Craft supplies are one of my guilty pleasures. Most of the time it feels like I am collecting more than crafting, but luckily I am able to squeeze in a little time in my craft room from time to time. Today I got to do a quick trial run of what is going to be one of my new staples for ink blending: the Claritystamps stencil brushes.
These things are ridiculously popular right now, and apparently they really do deserve their incredible reputation. Ink blending with sponges takes a good deal of practice before you have the right touch with it, and I know I’m still working on my own technique. These brushes have zero learning curve and achieve beautiful results with no experience required.
Exhibit A: (and please forgive my awful photography)
I chose a basic stencil, picked out some fun colors, and went to town. The blending took about 10 minutes, with two passes of each color to get a little more saturation. Added a sentiment and some accents, and mounted the trimmed panel over a strip of black shimmer cardstock. Total project time: 20 minutes. Not bad at all for a first attempt! I can already pick out things I would have done differently, but that’s what experimentation is for after all. I can’t wait to play with some other color combinations and other blending techniques. These brushes made blending easy and enjoyable – and completely without the stress of accidentally ruining the panel at the end of the process and having to start over.
I want to give a shout out to Tupelo Designs LLC for their amazing shipping. I ordered my brushes Monday afternoon at 3pm, and my order was in my hands Tuesday before 10am. The overnight shipping was free, and if you sign up for their free rewards program you get a $5 off coupon to use on your first order. I will definitely be shopping with them again!
Final side note: the big 3-0 is in two days. My twenties were an amazing decade, and I’m excited to see where my so Call life takes me in the next one and beyond.
Supplies (PTI unless noted)
- Stamps – Scribbled Sentiments
- Inks – Hawaiian Shores, Green Parakeet, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, VersaFine Onyx Black
- Paper – Stamper’s Select White, Onyx Shimmer cardstock
- Other – Modern Background Stencils; adhesive gems; foam tape,