Each marker has two tips — a brush tip, ideal for covering larger areas, and a medium point for finer details. They are made for coloring directly on stamps, which is a great technique when you want multiple colors on one image. You can also use them to color in images once you’ve stamped them.
And here’s the width of line it can make, with a little pressure. It has a nice give, so you can do some typical brush techniques with it, like starting with a thin line and growing to a thicker line, or dotting it on its side to create flower pedals.
Here’s the medium point, a nice sharp point for detail stamps or for writing.
And here’s the width of line it can make.
One little thing I noticed — it’s easy to tell if the cap isn’t on all the way. If it’s not fully closed, a bit of black shows through, like below. I found this quite handy; I like the visual cue.
Here’s the marker fully closed, no black exposed.
I was eager to try these out on clear stamps, so I opened up one of the American Crafts sets, Sing Along. I love this bike image. Before coloring the stamp with the marker, I used an eraser on the stamp to remove any residues.
The color went on very nicely, as you can see below. There was some pooling of the ink, but it wasn’t too bad. I do recommend coloring one nice even layer. The more you color, the more the ink will pool in certain areas.
In comparison, I decided to ink up the same stamp using a Stampin’ Up marker. Wow, it totally didn’t work. The ink pooled and beaded on the stamp, as you can see below, no matter how many times I colored over it.
And here’s how that looked when stamped. Totally not acceptable.
I did notice that after coloring in a few stamps, my American Crafts marker started to pill, with little stands of the tip coming off. I simply removed those with my finger. It didn’t seem to effect the marker’s ability to color, but I don’t know what would happen over the long haul if pieces kept coming off the tip.
The markers did equally well stamped on vellum as they did stamped on cardstock. I did allow for some extra drying time.
Here’s my completed layout with some of the yummy American Crafts paper and Thickers. I scraplifted this layout design from Nichol Magouirk at www.TwoPeasinaBucket.com. One bonus of the American Crafts markers is that they coordinate so well with all of the other American Crafts products. I love how my stamped bikes pick up all the colors in the Margarita paper.
I then added my second color, overlapping slightly so the colors would blend, just like they would on a real ice cream cone. Color did transfer to the tip of my second marker, but I just wrote with it on scrap paper until the true color was restored.
For the cone, I used the mustard American Crafts marker for the base, and then added a Stampin’ Up brown marker to highlight the lines (I didn’t have an American Crafts brown). The markers still blended well, even though they’re from two different companies.
Another benefit of using markers for stamping is the ability to selectively add color to a stamp. Here was the sentiment stamp that came with this stamp set. For this image, I just wanted to use the word “sweet.”
So I just used an American Crafts marker to ink up the “sweet,” leaving the rest of the stamp uninked.
I stamped it next to my cone.
I used some more American Crafts patterned paper on this card, which matched perfectly with the taffy marker. Yummy!
Next, I wanted to try the markers on a more solid clear stamp. I love the little bird from the Courtyard set. It was tricky to add the marker without getting streaks, but the coverage was much better than other markers I’ve tried on clear stamps. Plus, I think it kind of looks like feathers.
I realize these are probably quail, but the stamp plus the vibrant marker colors immediately had me thinking of the intro to a certain 70s sitcom…”Hello world here’s a song that we’re singing, Come on get happy. A whole lotta lovin’ is what we’ll be bringing, We’ll make you happy.”
|Maybe I should send this card to David Cassidy?|
Overall, I was very pleased with how these markers performed, especially on clear stamps. I love the versatility that stamp markers provide, and I’m so happy to find some to use on my vast clear stamp collection.
They’re relatively inexpensive, so it wouldn’t take much to amass the whole collection. I think they would be good for newer stampers, who might be overwhelmed by a whole lot of color choices.
- Juicy markers that work well on clear stamps.
- Two tip sizes make it easy to color in detailed stamps or to selectively color certain areas.
- Relatively inexpensive compared to other markers designed for use with stamps.
- Blend well with each other and markers from other companies.
- Some pilling of tip after usage.
- Limited colors compared to other stamp markers.
- Not refillable.
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