Simple Shading With Blender Pens

Ever feel like you just don’t have the “artistic touch” needed to create beautifully stunning cards or projects?  Would you believe me if I said that was balderdash? Well, it is… ANYONE can create stunningly beautiful shaded images with the help of a blender pen and the right stamp image.  SERIOUSLY!

Check out what I mean, I created this card for the Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge today AND it was super simple!  I have to say that my first love is a CAS (clean and simple) card, because I find that the colors POP off the project.  It almost enhances the images and textures when you keep it clean and simple.

Everything Elanor Blender Pen Shading

Simple peek-a-boo with a WOO-HOO!!

 I used the EVERYTHING ELANOR stamp set for this card, which is key.  This technique is SO MUCH EASIER when you use an image that has some type of partial shading already IN the image itself.  This is what the stamp image looks like by itself-

Everything Elanor flower image

The lined shading in this image makes it perfect for this technique.

So just how did I take the image above and end up with the stunning shaded flowers below?  Simple…

Everything Elanor Blender Pen Shading

Simple shading with a Blender Pen, it’s a snap!

Once I stamped the flower images onto Whisper White card stock using the inspiration colors for this weeks challenge (Strawberry Slush, Blushing Bride, and Pistachio Pudding) I used the same ink pads to color in the flowers.  I also decided to emboss the top card stock layer with the MODERN MOSAIC folder and I punched out the side to allow a peek-a-boo for my sentiment from the BRAVO set.  Then I wrapped a bit of the NEW STRAWBERRY SLUSH THICK BAKERS TWINE.

HSS Challenge

Play along, it’s SO much FUN!!

I took my BLENDER PEN and touched the brush tip end straight onto the ink pad to pick up the ink, then I began the coloring in the areas of the line shading of the image and then pulled the color from there out to the rest of the petal so that the colors in the open petal are slightly lighter then the shaded areas.

The only TIP to keep in mind is, remember that the blender pen will tear through your cardstock if you color over and over the image too many times.  So you do need to work sort of quick and have a light touch if you can.  Try this technique and practice it a few times. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t turn out the very first time.  I actually created 5 flowers for this 3 flower card, because I ripped through 2 of them – LOL!!

Take a min and PLAY ALONG with us using these inspiration colors, you can create anything- a 3D item, card, scrap page, home decor or anything else!  The Design Team is a talented crew and always have awesome projects to share.  Get creative and PLAY ALONG TODAY!


  1. Rhonda H says:

    I can’t wait to use this color combination!

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