Colourless Blender Challenge - Last day to enter...

>> Friday, September 30, 2011

As another fortnight draws to a close at the Mad For Markers Challenge Blog, I have another post for you for the Colourless Blender challenge. This time I've used the blender marker to highlight some of the dry-embossing on a Copic-coloured card...

B18 to colour background (on X-Press It Blending card).
Blender (0) marker to colour some of the dry embossed paper.
YR07 to colour noses of the snowmen (TGF stamp now available from M4M).


Creeper Crew Tyler and some Colourless Blender

>> Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hi All, Susan here with my latest contribution to the current COLOURLESS BLENDER challenge. I have used the colourless blender on Creeper Crew Tyler's jeans and shirt  to give them a faded look. This image is from The Greeting Farm Creepin' Kit available from Mad For Markers {here}

Copics used:
Skin: E50, E51, R00, R20
Hair: E55, E57, E59, E79
Jeans: B91, B95, B97, 0
Shirt: R22, R24, 0
T-Shirt: C3, C5
Guitar: E55
Shoes: C3, R24
Ground: C3, C5, C7

Card Recipe:
Cardstock: White cardstock, X-Press It Blending Card, Canson card (Tomato), Kraft card 
Paper: Stampin' Up Celebrations
Stamps: TGF Creeper Crew Tyler (from the Creepin' Kit), Computer generated sentiment
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments/Other: Copics, Nestabilities, white gel pen. Bakers Twine (Maraschino, Charcoal), Black pearls (Kaisercraft)
Don't forget to check out the wonderful creations from the talented M4M Design Team (links in the sidebar!) and remember you MUST use COPIC markers on your creation to enter our challenge!
Mad For Markers [home link]
You can stop by the Mad for Markers Online Store for all of your Copic markers, Greeting Farm stamps and X-Press It Blending Card supplies!
Thanks for looking... have a great day!
~ Susan xxox


Hello Monday

>> Monday, September 26, 2011

Hello Copic Lovers

Yep... It's Monday again and that means I am here to share another creation with you.

This fortnight we are looking for creations where you have used your Colourless Blender. Using this pen can give you some great effects on your coloured images.

My image today is a cute little butterfly from Unity Stamps. I wanted to give the wings a bit of a see through effect while still having the colour on them. This is really easy to achieve by colouring as you normally would then going over the centre of your coloured image with your colourless blender. This moves the colour to the outside and gives it that see through look.

I have also coloured the piece of paper in the background and using a stamp which i coloured with my colourless blender I stamped the image all over the paper. This is really easy to do but you have to be very quick as the colourless blender will dry very quickly.

Copics Used;


BV23, 25, 29.

Colourless Blender.

Make sure you check out all the great entries in this challenge. We would love to see what you can create with your colourless blender.

Thanks for dropping bye.

Mel B


Colourless Blender on Chipboard

>> Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hi Copic Lovers,

Alicia here.  I am sharing a card I made with some chipboard corners on it.
I dont often use my Colourless Blender, but I do like to use it when I colour chip board.
I coloured the chipboard in with RV29 and then went over some bits with the Colourless Blender.  It gives the colour more depth or interest I think.  This chipboard was very fine and dainty so I just used the Colourless Blender on the thicker parts.

This is a very easy and simple way to use the Colourless Blender.
Why not have a go and link up your card to our challenge this fortnight?
You still have a week to get in your entry.

Here is the completed card.  It is an engagement card for my brother-in-law and his girlfriend to give to their very close friends. They wanted to have a photo on the card to personalise it.  
Their engagement party is tonight.

Thanks for stopping by to have a look.
I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Alicia xx


Colourless Blender

>> Friday, September 23, 2011

Hi Everyone,

This fortnights challenge is ..........
to use your Colourless Blender.

I must say that I do use the colourless blender '0' alot, either to colour, erase mistakes or use with the 'sprays' that I make.

In this example, I have used the colourless blender with another colour marker to colour the wings. I like to use this technique (tip to tip) for wings & petals of flowers etc.

The Coloured wing (before glitter is added):

The Card front:

This is the card when open:
Copics Used:
Skin: E0000, E000, E000, RV00
Mushrooms: R46, R59, E41, E42, E43
Fairies: BG11, BG13, BG15
RV000, RV32, RV34
B32, B34

Stamps: Fairy Princess (TGF)
Banners (TGF)

We would love to see what you create.

Don't forget to stop over at the Mad For Markers Online store.

Until next time


>> Thursday, September 22, 2011

Good Morning All !!

Welcome to this fortnight's challenge .... to use your Colourless Blender.  This was a lot of fun, and I made heaps of patterns before I came up with one I was happy with lol.  I've coloured the paper first with R81, and then made the flower pattern with my colourless blender.  I made the circle with the tip of the marker, then made the petals by starting with the tip and pushing down and using the edge of the nib (I hope this makes sense lol). 

This close up shows the pattern a little clearer.

The paper I've used is My Mind's Eye "Vanity Fair".  I love the MME papers !!!  The large pink flower is from Prima.

I can't wait to see what creations you all come up with for this fortnight's challenge.

Take care,
Honor x


0 marker challenge

>> Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hi everyone...its a new challenge here at the mad for markers blog and this time we want to see what you can come up with using your 0 markers.
I use mine alot to fix up mistakes, but theres heaps of other effects you can create with it...In my card I have done to show you today I have gave my mermaid tail (The greeting farm image) a spotty effect to add the fishy scales.
Here it is....

To create this effect all you have to do is grab your 0 marker and dab it on the coloured area...easy as!!
well I cant wait to see what you create...have fun !!
Hugz ashlee


some examples using the blender

>> Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Good morning!! Sammi here ... filling in for Bron! I have a few examples to show you of images I have coloured and used the blender to create some special effects... pretty simple ones to show you today!! Yes, that's right the current challenge is ...

Colourless Blender - use your 0 marker to create an effect or pattern

so here they are...
#1 - Eric (from the Marker Mob) will be available this month as a digi from Mad for Markers
I have used the blender on his pants (over the greys) to give them the "faded look"

#2 This gorgeous little Fairwee from Sweet November.. in the Mason Jar .. also from Sweet November .. I have used the blender on the glass jar ... a bit of colour first and then the blender was used to push the colour out so that it was more diffused and just gives the hint of glass.

#3 - On this sweet little Fairy Tinker from Tiddley Inks I have used the blender on the background... I have done lots of dots first in different BG colours and then dabbed more dots on top with the blender pen!

#4 - and last of all is Anya Twirl (from The Greeting Farm) I have added the effect of dots to the twirl and to her top... I did this just by holding the tip of the blender down in the paper for a few seconds and then taking the pen away it leaves the nice circle.. sometimes this needs repeating a couple of times to get a nice clear dot!! :D

Am really looking forward to seeing your creations using the blender pen or blender solution to create an effect/ pattern .. you can purchase the solution in the normal various ink/ refill bottle OR in a larger bottle! :D


New Challenge - Colourless Blender

>> Monday, September 19, 2011

Hi Copic fans

Gin here with your next challenge:

Colourless Blender - use your 0 marker to create an effect or pattern

Now before that sends you into a panic, 
here's an example of just how simple experimenting with your blender can be...
Using the materials below (plus my scissors and a texture plate), I was able to create the following card:

I was going for an oriental layered effect with this piece of blending card.
First I coloured the whole area using B99 (a dark colour works best).
(*) Then I coloured my stamp with 0 (I only used the top half of the stamp).#
Before the ink dried on the stamp (it happens really quick) I stamped it onto the card.
I held the stamp there for a while to ensure transfer of 0 to the page.
Repeat from (*) as desired.
# Spritzing with 0 refill is another option to 'colour' the stamp.
Then I used a texture plate on the blending card before attaching it to the rest of my card :-)
I look forward to seeing your creations this fortnight :-)

If your Colourless Blender is getting low, 
now is the time to visit the Mad for Markers store
Don't put it off, we want to see your creations :-)



Michelle's Spring Time Challenge Winners

>> Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hi Copic Lovers,

Congratulations to everyone who participated in our Spring Challenge this fortnight.
It was lovely to see such cheerful Spring creations.

Our randomly chosen winner for this fortnight is the lucky:

Congratulations you have won our Guest Designer spot.  If you would like to email Sammi she can tell you all about your prize!!!

Our Top 3 this fortnight as voted on by you are:


If you would like to email me I can give you your Top 3 badge.

Michelle's Challenge - Spring Time
11 votes
5 votes
5 votes
3 votes
no votes
no votes
no votes

Thank you to everyone who entered our challenge this fortnight.
Pop back in tomorrow to find out about the next fun challenge we have in store for you!

Alicia xx


Voting Day!!

>> Saturday, September 17, 2011

Hi Copic Lovers,

Today is voting day at Mad for Markers.  Hop on over to vote for your favourite card - it only takes one click!
Tune in again tomorrow afternoon to find out who the lucky winners are!!

Alicia xx


Spring is Sprung :-)

>> Friday, September 16, 2011

Having recently bought a new bunch of stamps, I couldn't wait to get colouring with them and this particular image fits so well with the current M4M challenge - don't you just love flowers :-)
She is me in so many ways (not just the longish wavy brown hair and jeans).
Watering my plants becomes one of my daily tasks as this weather warms up so nicely :-)


Image by Sarah Kay
DP by JLJ Designs (Stacie Paper Pack)

Remember to get your entries in....
and stop by the Mad For Markers store for all your Copic and stamping needs :-)


Spring Chick!

>> Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Link up your SPRING creations to join in the current Mad For Markers Challenge. I used this cute little chick from Digistamp Boutique to make a birthday card for a friend's daughter.
Apologies for the photo... the glittery ribbon made this hard to photograph and in the end this one had to do!
Copics used:
Chick: RV00, RV02 (Colour dulled with C0)
Grass: G21, G24, G28, YR04, YR07, Y19
Flowers: Y11, Y15, Y19

Card Recipe:
Cardstock: White cardstock, X-Press It Blending Card, Canson card (Rose Petal)
Paper: Grace Taylor Little Miss Ladybug
Stamps: Digistamp Boutique Spring Chick digi, Computer generated sentiment
Inks: -
Embellishments/Other: Copics, Nestabilities, Kindyglitz crystalina, Kaisercraft pearls, Bow Easy, Glitter ribbon
Don't forget to check out the wonderful creations from the talented M4M Design Team (links in the sidebar!) and remember you MUST use COPIC markers on your creation to enter our challenge!
Mad For Markers [home link]
You can stop by the Mad for Markers Online Store for all of your Copic markers and X-Press It Blending Card supplies!
Thanks for looking... have a great day!
~ Susan xxox


Spring with Philippa and Marci

>> Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Happy Tuesday morning copic lovers, My name is Philippa and I am very excited to be a guest DT here at Mad for Markers. I have been doing paper craft for about 4 years but only started my Copic addiction since the start of this year. For my first DT challenge it is 'SPRING' and I have used this beautiful Marci image from La La Land Craft.

The Copics I have used for this image are as follows:

Green Dress and Hat: YG11,13,17
Hair: E71,74,77,79
Shoes: E31,33,35,37

I look forward to visiting your blog's and seeing what you have created.

Cheers Philippa xxx

(N.B. If you would like Mad for Markers to stock La-La Land Crafts stamps please send us an email :)


Spring Inspiration - Clean and Simple

>> Sunday, September 11, 2011

Hi Copic Lovers,

This is my very late post that should have gone up yesterday.
But I was feeling unwell and so it is only getting up today!
For our Spring-time challenge I have made a set of three identical clean and simple cards.
I went for a very spring-time image with a flower and a cute little chickie.  It is a Designed to Delight image I think I won awhile back now.

I went for a clean and simple design for a change, because sometimes I get sick of it taking me two hours to make a single card.  And sometimes I just feel like colouring in and not spending most of my time fussing with layers of paper and embellishments.  So I can say that I really had fun making these little cards.  I am sure they will come in handy in my stash.

The Copics I used are:

Pinks: RV06, RV04, RV02
Yellows:YR23, Y15, Y02
Greens: YG23, YG03, YG11

Not long now until the Copic Conference.  I can't wait!! Head over here to check out all the details if you are like me and just cant bear to miss out!!  I cant wait to colour all weekend with no interruptions (except chattering) and learn new skills.

You still have a week to enter our Spring get your cards in!

I hope you had a lovely weekend.

Alicia xx


Spring Challenge

>> Friday, September 9, 2011

Hi Everyone,
Welcome to another Friday & our current challenge......SPRING TIME.
I just love this time of year, not too hot or cold!

Here is my inspiration for today:
Copics Used:
Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E11, RV00
Hair: E71, E74, E77
Dress: RV000, RV32, RV34
Swing: E41, E25
Dog: E42, E43, E44
Background cardstock: RV34

There is still time to enter this challenge, so please join us.

Don't forget to stop by the Mad for Markers Online Store for all your copic needs.

There is still time to enter, so please join us.

Until next time


>> Thursday, September 8, 2011

Good Morning Copic Lovers,

It's Honor here this morning to share my inspiration for the current challenge "Spring"

Here I've used the gorgeous Tilda, and a Magnolia sentiment stamp.  The papers for my card are My Mind's Eye "Everyday Flair", with some flowers from my stash (the large flower is a Prima).

The copics I've used are;

Hair - E51, E53, E57 
Skin - E000, E00, E11, R20
Dress & Hat Flower - BG32, BG34
Socks - C1 & colourless blender
Hat - R81, R83, R85

Thanks for stopping by, and I'm looking forward to seeing all your creations for the Spring challenge this fortnight !!

Honor x


a bit of colour for spring challenge!!

>> Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hi everyone... I have done something a little different this time, I havent coloured an image I have used my copic abs system instead to make a beautiful background.
Here it is...

I have done a little tutorial for you to see how I did this background...

First I have picked three different coloured markers, in this case YR04,R14,RV09
and a piece of xpress it paper

choose which colour you want to use first and spray using your copic abs like this.

Get your second colour and spray...starting slightly over the first colour.

Then add your third colour in the same way...

and continue until you have covered your piece of xpress it!!

I have used memento tuxedo black ink and chosen a stamp to layer over the coloured background...

Here is the finished item....!!

I hope you have enjoyed the tute and you like the finished inspiration...!!

Thanks for stopping by the mad for markers challenge blog, I cant wait to see what you enter into the challenge... but remember you must use your copics on your spring project.

Hugz ashlee


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