Blender Pen Highlights

by Kathy Racoosin

Learn to use a blender pen and distress marker to add shading to your images.


  • Outline Stamp Images, Lawn Fawn Friendship Grows used here

  • Black Ink, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink used here

  • Alcohol based Markers, Copic Markers YG23,YG45, YR16, Y18, B12, B16, RV13, RV19 used here

  • Distress Markers, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, Pine Needles, Gathered Twigs used here

  • Water-Based Blender Pen, Dove Blender Pen used here
  • used here
  • Glossy Accents

  • White Gel Pen

  • Black Micron Pen


  1. Step 1

    Stamp images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Add a line with a dark pink alcohol marker onto the petals.

    This is an ink for coloring with alcohol markers & NOT recommended for water color markers but, it's works if you are careful.

  2. Step 2

    Color on top of the dark pink marker with a lighter color pink. This will soften the hard line on the petals.

  3. Step 3

    Add a medium yellow color to the flowers center.

    This photo shows dots of the colors selected to use on the images for an easy reference.

  4. Step 4

    Add a darker color of yellow for the flowers center overlapping the lighter yellow color.

  5. Step 5

    Add some lines to the leaves with a medium green marker and continue to color the leaf with a lighter color.

  6. Step 6

    Repeat with blue markers to color the vase.

  7. Step 7

    This is the fun part.... Add some pretty highlights to your stamped images by using Distress Markers with a Dove Blender pen.

    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. Step 8

    Scribble theDistress 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.


    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. Aways 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. Step 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.

  10. Step 10

    Add some brown Distress Marker to the flowers center.

  11. Step 11

    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.

  12. Step 12

    Dry your image with a heat tool on the back to be sure that its dry.


    1. Adding some white pen accents on any image really enhance your overall project & always practice on scrap paper first.

    2. 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.

    3. 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).

    4. Trace around the white gel accents you placed on your image with a Micron .01 marker.

  13. Step 13

    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.

  14. Step 14

    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.

  15. Step 15

    Cut some white card stock 4.25 x 5.5. Use washi tape to hold the stencil from Simon Says Stamp onto your craft sheet. Using a dauber blend some distress inks around the stencil.

  16. Step 16

    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.

  17. Step 17

    Add some faux stitching around the black line for some extra detail. Die cut the sentiment banner from Simon Says adding a bit color with the Dove Blender. ts behind the images for dimension . Add to your card base.

  18. Step 18

    Stamp the sentiment with Hero Arts Black Die ink. Die cut the feather from Simonsaysstamp and color the same way as the flower adding blue highlights and a white line down the center. Layer your images and use pop do


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Very beautiful Kathy
Lucy  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 4:37 AM
I know what tools I will be buying with my birthday money! Beautiful cards!
Vicky Day  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 5:56 AM
This just makes me wanna yank out all my markers today and COLOR!!! Great vid Beate! And now I love that Lawn Fawn set too!!! smile
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Fabulous tutorial, Kathy! Thank you for your time and talent! smile
Bev Rousch  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 7:05 AM
Great info - I've been eyeing that blender pen for a while, but is it anything like touching tips to a copic 0?
Cindy  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 8:36 AM
I love the way this looks, however, purchasing individual markers is next to impossible. I've been looking for the 'new colors' everywhere (including on line) but am having 1 heck of a time!
Karen Donnelly  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 9:03 AM
Great video Beate. You nailed the technique perfectly!! Thanks so much smile Hugs, Kathy
Kathy Racoosin  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM
Karen you can try the same technique with other water color markers. Simon Says Stamp Store does sell the distress markers individually. Best of Luck, Kathy
Kathy Racoosin  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM
Now I want to color! :D
Kelley  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 10:21 AM
This tutorial is AMAZING!! Love Kathy's work and her tutorial here is SO awesome!
Virginia Lu  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 1:16 PM
Amazing Kathy - just amazing!!
lydia  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
That tutorial was awesome! Really, really great techniques!
Valerie Ward  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM
Would a Copic Colorless Blender work instead of a Dove blender?
Kim Schultz  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 7:12 PM
Karen Donnelly, Simon Says Stamp sells Distress Markers individually. That's where I got mine. smile
Kim Schultz  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 7:14 PM
Beautiful colouring Kathy - I'm your newest fan after casing you in CASEStudy!!
Cecilia Hsieh  |  Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 7:36 PM
This looks great! I am wondering about the combination of Copics and water based/ distress markers...
Is there a particular reason that you start with Copics for the base and add the other on top? Would this work with just water-based or distress markers?
Tammy Cochrane  |  Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM
Great card and technique, would you please let me know which stencil you used for the background..thanks!
Elizabeth Seubert  |  Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 7:38 PM
I wanted to respond to Elizabeth because she requested a link to the stencil that I used. Here you go.
Kathy Racoosin  |  Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 3:25 PM

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