Create a Stencil using a PenBlade

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today to show you how to create a stencil using a PenBlade.

Take a look:

Stencil and PenBlade

All I did was use the PenBlade to cut a thick piece of plastic that you see in the photo above. Then I used the stencil to create that card.

Super simple and easy.  I created a video but it didn’t turn out good. I will try to create another since I have more plastic to play with.

I have a coupon code for you to pick up a set of PenBlades for yourself on the PenBlade site: Kreative

What do you think?  Please let me know below.


PenBlade Clarity Brushes

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How to Blend Colors for the Sparkle and Shine Challenge

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Hello everyone!!  I’m here today with the Sparkle and Shine Challenge!!!  How exciting is this!!! 

Since its the first of the month, its time for our new challenge!!!

Here is the inspiration photo that guided us this time around:

April 1_2016

Now take a look at my card:

Enjoy (S&S)

I love how this card turned out.  These colors are awesome together.

Here is how I blended these colors to created this card:

I gathered all of my supplies. I used the Distress Ink Kits 13 and Kit 14, My Favorite Things Stencil Circle Burst, Ink Blending Tool, Recollection White Heavyweight Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Painted Enjoy, Clear Wink of Stella, Stampin’ Up! Rhinestones and Tombow Mono Liquid Glue.

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Then I started inking in the middle with the Distress Ink Abandon Coral.

ink blending 2

Next in line was Distress Ink Fossilized Amber. I took my time and tried to blend the colors with ease.

ink blending 3

After that, was Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio. Always moving in a circular motion.

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Moving right along, up next is Distress Ink Mermaid Lagoon.

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Now its time for the big reveal.

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Super cool effect!

Then I used Simon Says Stamp Painted Enjoy Die and cut out 4 enjoy’s.  I glued them together and adhered it to the front of the card.

I added Clear Wink of Stella to the sentiment and finished the card off with a couple of Stampin’ Up! rhinestones.

enoy close up (S&S)

Nice and easy!! Perfect blending of colors.

Wait before I go, I was asked to show this same effect using the Clarity Brushes.

clarity bursh blending

I posted my comparison on Instagram a couple of weeks ago when I created this card.  You can find it here on Instagram.

What do you think?

Now its your turn to give this challenge a try!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

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The winner of this challenge will receive a $25 gift card to their online store and will be asked to be our Guest Designer for the next month.

Supplies used:

Mini Ink Blending ToolRecollections White Heavyweightcircle burst stencil painted enjoyWink of Stella clear Basic Rhinestones Jewel AccentsTombow Multi-Purpose AdhesiveDistress Ink Mini 13  Distress Ink Mini 14Clarity Brushes

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Ink Blending Tool vs. Clarity Brushes

Hello everyone!!  I here with a post that is quite different then my other card post.

On Instagram, I love giving my opinion on the different tools that I own and use.  So, that way my followers would be more informed about the products they see and want but aren’t sure if they should step out on that limb.

So this morning, I posted this picture:

ink blending 2

I was simply sharing an upcoming project that isn’t due to release until April 1st.

Then a good friend of mines asked me to do a comparison between these Ink Blending Tools and the new Clarity Brushes.

I agree to do it so here you go:


Here are my finding:

Round Blending Tool:

  1. Blends the colors well with good pressure.
  2. To keep from having harsh lines, you have to tap off first or start adding color off of the paper.
  3. Snags on the stencils that are intricate.
  4. Easy and small enough to hold.
  5. You can use one tool with different sponge (extra cost).
  6. The cost of the blending tool is $8.17 and it comes with two handles and four sponges.
  7. The additional sponges are $8.36.
  8. When blending, the color didn’t transfer into the sponge.
  9. Due to the shape of the blending tool, you have to mask off areas you don’t want color to appear.

Clarity Brushes:

  1. Blends the colors well with little pressure.
  2. No need to tap off or start adding color off the paper, the brushes doesn’t create harsh lines.
  3. Does not snag on the stencils that are intricate.
  4. Easy to hold, but brushes are tall.
  5. They come in four different sizes.
  6. You can use one brush for each color family (no additional cost).
  7. The cost of the brushes are $25.00 for four.
  8. When blending, the color didn’t transfer onto the brush.
  9. The tip of the brush is small enough for you to add and blend colors where you want them without masking off.

Note: Take a look at the outer circles of both cards. The blending tool added color to the outer circle on the card to the left because I didn’t mask off. The clarity brush didn’t add color to the outer circles because I have control over where the color goes due to the tip!

I like them both, but the brushes are easier to use with less elbow grease. I have two sets one for each color family. No need to buy anything extra.

So what do you think? I hope this comparison was helpful to all of you.  If you wanted to see what some to my Instagram followers were saying you can check it here.


Clarity Brushes Blending tool

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