Hello There: Blender Pen Highlighting Tips!


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Hi bloggers! Happy Thursday to you! We’re so thrilled to have dear friend of Simon, Kathy Racoosin as a guest on our blog today! Her blog is appropriately titled The Daily Marker, and folks, let me tell you, this gal can COLOR. She totally made our day when she said she would join our STAMPtember® celebration with some cool coloring tips & tricks!

(Follow photos with numbered instructions in clockwise order)



  1. Stamp images beautiful flowers from Lawn Fawn called ” Our Friendship Grows” with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
    Add a line with a dark pink alcohol marker onto the petals.
    Note: This is an ink for coloring with alcohol markers & NOT recommended for water color markers but, it’s works if you are careful.
  2. Color on top of the dark pink marker with a lighter color pink. This will soften the hard line on the petals.
  3. Add a medium yellow color to the flowers center.
     Note:  This photo shows dots of the colors selected to use on the images for an easy reference.
  4. Add a darker color of yellow for the flowers center overlapping the lighter yellow color.
  5. Add some lines to the leaves with a medium green marker and continue to color the leaf with a lighter color.
  6. Repeat with blue markers to color the vase.
  7. This is the fun part…. Add some pretty highlights to your stamped images by using Distress Markers with a Dove Blender pen.
    Note:  Since Distress Markers are water color markers you must be careful to not apply to much color.
    Always stamp an extra image to test what color distress markers you like best and or practice before adding color to your image.
    (This flower was tested using 3 different shades of blue and orange to see what would yield the desired look).
  8. Scribble the Distress Marker into a palette or onto a craft sheet. Pick up some of the orange color from the palette with the Dove Blender. Add the color from the Dove Blender to your petals giving them an orange wash. One time is a charm. If you over color your paper will begin to pill.
      • The dove marker is being used instead of using a paint brush or a water brush. When water isn’t being applied it’s easier to control the color added to the images. A Dove Bender works great with most colored pencils as well.
      • If you have a heavy hand when coloring use a heat tool and try on the back of the image between colors so your paper doesn’t become to saturated.
      • Always scribble off the color from the tip of the Dove Blender on some scrap paper before switching colors just like you would do with a paint brush.

    9. Scribble a dark blue Distress Marker into the palette. Pick up a dab of the color on the tip of the Dove Blender. Add the blue starting in the corner of the petal and working your way along side of the petal to keep a shaded look on the petal. If the petal becomes to dark make a note to self to pick up less color on the tip of the Dove blender or scribble some color off on a scrap sheet of paper first before blending onto the petal.


  1. Add some Gathered Twigs Distress Marker to the flowers center.
  2. Take the small tip of the Distress Marker adding many teeny tiny dots in the cracks of the flowers to add some extra highlights to the petals.
  3. Dry your image with a heat tool on the back to be sure that its dry.
    • Adding some white pen accents on any image really enhance your overall project & always practice on scrap paper first.
    •  For best results with the gel pen place a dot on your finger and be sure to let the white dot “pool” on your finger. This way you know the pen is flowing nicely and is ready to go.
    • If you feel that you added to much white pen on your image you can hid some of the white by coloring on top or use a black permanent marker (depending on where the white was added on the image).
    •   Trace around the white gel accents you placed on your image with a Micron .01 marker.
  4. Add some white around half of the dots on the flowers center. Trace around the white with a Micron .01 marker. This extra step will really make the white accents really stand out. However, you might be happy skipping this step. Use the black marker to enlarge the small black dots in the flowers center.
  5. Cut your flower out and bend the petals upward gently. (This particular flower has a die cut for quick results.)
    Add Glossy Accents to the centers of the flowers. Set aside to dry for a few hours or overnight.
  6. Cut some white card stock 4.25 x 5.5. Use washi tape to hold the chevron stencil onto your craft sheet.
    Using a dauber blend some distress inks around the stencil.
  7. Using a ruler draw a black line to around the pattern with a Micron pen. Wipe the ruler clean
    between each line so you don’t’ get any smears on your card. Stamp lines on the blue vase and add some dots with the Gel Pen.
  8. Add some faux stitching around the black line for some extra detail. Die cut Sketchy Banners adding a bit color with the Dove Blender. Stamp the sentiment with Hero Arts Black Die ink.  Die cut the feathers and color the same way as the flower adding blue highlights and a white line down the center. Layer your images and use pop dots behind the images for dimension . Add to your card base.
  9. Close up of the flowers!! Ooooh! Ahhh!!



Thanks for reading today and thanks so much to Kathy for all these great tips & tricks!
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242 Comments on "Hello There: Blender Pen Highlighting Tips!"

  1. Malini C. says:

    super fun and cool technique :) I can’t wait to try this :)

  2. Loly Borda says:

    Wow! Awesome coloring as usual Kathy! Thanks for the detailed instructions.

  3. tracy says:

    how awesome are those cards? what a great technique :)

  4. Craftyziti says:

    Love this technique! Thank you so much to Kathy for sharing!

  5. Billie A says:

    Beautiful colors and this technique is great. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Katie B. says:

    Awesome cards Kathy!! Love how you colored the background using the stencil, it looks awesome on both cards. Wonderful tips. :) Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  7. Vithya says:

    Thank you SSS, for getting Kathy to do a tutorial for us!

    Love her coloring :)

  8. Iris Soscia says:

    Great tutorial and lovely flowers.

  9. Karen Rice says:

    I love Kathy’s skill and artwork! Such amazing cards!

  10. Sheri E. says:

    What a great tutorial. I need to come back to this again and again.

  11. Starqueen says:

    Wonderful tutorial from the amazingly talented and super generous Kathy. Thank you so much!

  12. karenladd says:

    Wow! What a beautiful effect you get. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I am only just learning how to use Copics so I can use all the help I can get.

  13. Tracy Ercole says:

    Fantastic, thanks for the tutorial.

  14. Vera W Yates says:

    Kathy, this is beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration!

  15. Shawn Wenrich says:

    Beautiful and awesome techniques as well!

  16. Janeen says:

    Oh wow, beautiful and thanks so much for the tips on using the white gel pen which often causes me frustration

  17. TLady says:

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE seeing the process of your card Cathy!!!!!!!!!! It’s TOTALLY INSPIRING!!!!!!!!!!!!:) THANKS FOR SHOWING US!!!!!!! :)

  18. Pia Larsen says:

    Love how the sunflowers look! Pretty cool!

  19. Kari VanNoy says:

    Beautiful cards! I love the bright colors and the glossy accents! The flowers really pop!

  20. haejin says:

    Amazing! Her coloring is always so gorgeous~ and all the little details really make her cards so special!

  21. Ayelet Barkay Zrihen says:

    Great idea, beautiful flowers and lovely colors!

  22. Peggy Wood says:

    beautiful cards. love the technique.

  23. Kathy…you are so amazing! This is just a FABULOUS tutorial. Gorgeous, gorgeous cards girl!

  24. Deborah R says:

    Wow, that is awesome coloring!

  25. Wendy Orme says:

    This is just beautiful!

  26. KarenS says:

    Fabulous cards! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Angel says:

    amazing coloring techniques, I’ll have to add the Dove Blending Brush to my shopping list.

  28. Paulette says:

    Isn’t Kathy’s card art amazing! I follow her blog and enjoy all of her gorgeous coloring.

  29. Melinda says:

    Wow. Great card!!

  30. jengd says:

    Kathy always blows me away with her fantastic coloring and layering!

  31. Kris in Alaska says:

    Wowsers! That’s all I can say!

  32. Ellie Knol says:

    Lovely creation! Thanks for sharing how you did it, it’s very helpful!

  33. Ann Marie says:

    Beautiful colours, great cards!

  34. chark says:

    I so love Kathy’s coloring and a tut from her is like an entire day of class!

  35. Andrea McCulley says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these fabulous tips. I found the information on the Dove Blender Pen and white gel pen especially helpful! I absolutely love how you used the new chevron stencil!

  36. Efrat says:


  37. Joan-Anne Weatherbee says:

    Love this super cool technique. Will be trying this for sure! TFS!

  38. Kristina says:

    So stunning!!

  39. andreea says:

    Simply adorable!e The technique is awseome, so many possibilities! And the Lawn Fawn stamps are gorgeous:) TFS!

  40. Joyce McIntosh says:

    Awesome cards. It’s always nice to learn new techniques. Thank you for sharing!

  41. Maureen says:

    Kathy you blow me away with your talent and creativity! Thanks to you, and SSS for this wonderful post!

  42. Greta H says:

    Kathy’s such an expert–so great to have this tutorial!