A Barn Birthday Card Using Stampin’ Blends Markers

Hey everyone, I’m so excited about today’s project! I’ve been using our awesome Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers for a while, but I haven’t shared much about them on my blog. Today’s the big day! Last month I needed to make a birthday card for my dad, who has lived on a farm his entire life. It was only natural that I pulled out the Heartland stamp set and chose to make him a barn birthday card. I stamped the barn image and then colored it with the Blends markers. I love how it turned out!

Masculine barn birthday card made with the Stampin' Up! Heartland stamp set and Stampin' Blends alcohol markers

I would like to start by saying that I know almost nothing about coloring with alcohol markers. That’s right…I haven’t watched days worth of YouTube videos, not even hours worth really. Someday I will, but for now I’m a novice coloring with some awesome markers, and the results were pretty darn good I must say.

I’m going to walk you through how I got this look. First, I stamped the barn image onto thick white cardstock using Memento black ink. It’s a good idea to use thick cardstock with the alcohol markers since you will be doing a lot of coloring and blending. You don’t want to wear a hole in your paper!

Masculine barn birthday card made with the Stampin' Up! Heartland stamp set and Stampin' Blends alcohol markers

I began coloring the barn with the Dark Calypso Coral marker.

Masculine barn birthday card made with the Stampin' Up! Heartland stamp set and Stampin' Blends alcohol markers

Next I added both light and dark Cherry Cobbler. The way I blend is by adding light color first, next adding a darker color next to the light color, then going back with the lighter color to blend the two together. In this picture I still needed to blend using the lighter markers.

Masculine barn birthday card made with the Stampin' Up! Heartland stamp set and Stampin' Blends alcohol markers

I used light and dark Smoky Slate on the barn roof and silo.

Masculine barn birthday card made with the Stampin' Up! Heartland stamp set and Stampin' Blends alcohol markers

Next I used some bronze on the windmill and ground.

Masculine barn birthday card made with the Stampin' Up! Heartland stamp set and Stampin' Blends alcohol markers

Then some light Old Olive on the ground and trees.

Masculine barn birthday card made with the Stampin' Up! Heartland stamp set and Stampin' Blends alcohol markers

Next for some dark Old Olive.

Masculine barn birthday card made with the Stampin' Up! Heartland stamp set and Stampin' Blends alcohol markers

After the image was colored, I wanted to finish the edges. I started by adding light and dark Crumb Cake around the bottom. As I mentioned above, I always add the light color first, then add dark, then get the light marker back out and blend the two together. That is what I did with the Crumb Cake at the bottom.

Masculine barn birthday card made with the Stampin' Up! Heartland stamp set and Stampin' Blends alcohol markers

Moving on to the sky, I colored light Pool Party above the scene.

Masculine barn birthday card made with the Stampin' Up! Heartland stamp set and Stampin' Blends alcohol markers

Then I added dark Pool Party and light Night of Navy. When I added the Navy as shown in the photo below, I thought, “Oh, crap. I just ruined this.” I didn’t think I would ever get it to blend with the Pool Party. I had to try though, so I got out the dark Pool Party marker and went to town, blending, blending, blending…

Masculine barn birthday card made with the Stampin' Up! Heartland stamp set and Stampin' Blends alcohol markers

…and I ended up with this! I love the effect it created!

Masculine barn birthday card made with the Stampin' Up! Heartland stamp set and Stampin' Blends alcohol markers

Here is the completed card. I embossed the card with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder and used a piece of Crumb Cake designer paper from the Tranquil Textures pack to mount the barn.

Masculine barn birthday card made with the Stampin' Up! Heartland stamp set and Stampin' Blends alcohol markers

I thought this turned out just beautifully. I think my dad approved of his barn birthday card!

Masculine barn birthday card made with the Stampin' Up! Heartland stamp set and Stampin' Blends alcohol markers

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