Blender Pen Bleed

by Ilina Crouse

Use a colorless blender pen for 2 faux effects with ink.


  • Colorless blender pen (alcohol or solvent marker - Chameleon pens used here)
  • Cardstock (Neenah Solar White used here)
  • Layering stamps (Hero Arts For You Flowers and Thanks sets used here)
  • Stamp positioning tool (MISTI used here)
  • Shadow ink pads (Colors used here: Hero Arts Soft Pool, Tide Pool, Antiqua, Cotton Candy, Bubblegum, Lime Green and Fresh Lawn. Other branded dye ink pads by Stewart Superior will also work. )
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Versafine Onyx black ink, Stampin Up!® Basic Black cardstock, Nuvo Crystal drops in Ebony Black, Fun Foam or mounting tape)


  1. Step 1

    Stamp layering images onto a white cardstock panel using a stamp positioner.

  2. TIP:
    Print multiple panels while your stamps are in place in the positioner. Here, two samples were stamped to show two different final effects.

  3. Step 2

    Turn the cardstock over and start applying blender pen on the images from the back side, covering all areas.


    Be generous. The more you apply the better bleeding effect you will get on the image.

    Allow the panel to dry.

  4. Step 3

    Turn the panel over to the stamped side. You'll notice how the inks have started bleeding slightly to give you a faux watercolor look.

    As well, on the back side you have an effect of vellum overlay (like you have added vellum on top of your panel).

  5. Step 4

    Choose your favorite side, and embellish the panel as desired.

  6. Step 5

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Blender Pen Bleed. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Such a clever technique! Thank you Ilina.
Susan Myrick  |  Wed Sep 20, 2017 at 4:37 AM
What a great effect and so simple!
lutheran  |  Wed Sep 20, 2017 at 5:18 AM
How different! How Fun! Thank you so much, Ilina.
Prissequito  |  Wed Sep 20, 2017 at 7:08 AM
Very nice look!
LIBBY WEIGEL  |  Wed Sep 20, 2017 at 7:16 AM
Great tutorial, love this technique, very unique. smile
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Sep 20, 2017 at 7:57 AM
Who would have thought of this. So soft and subtle on the reverse. I love the look and am going to try it. Thanks for something different and pretty.
hope  |  Wed Sep 20, 2017 at 8:26 AM
Love this idea! I am looking forward to trying it👍
Jill Meyers  |  Wed Sep 20, 2017 at 9:57 AM
Fascinating technique & beautiful.
waswas  |  Thu Sep 21, 2017 at 5:33 AM
Love this technique, the card is stunning. Will try this weekend.
Debra Barlow  |  Thu Sep 21, 2017 at 2:44 PM
Where did you get the adhesive that you were using. I like the size of it.
Brenda  |  Fri Sep 22, 2017 at 3:00 PM
That's such a cool technique ! Thanks for the great explanations.
Marjorie DUMONTIER  |  Tue Sep 26, 2017 at 5:25 AM
Wow, nice!
mogu mook  |  Mon Mar 26, 2018 at 12:21 PM

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