- Flame Red
- Gold Ochre
- Straw Yellow
- Fern Green
- Twilight Blue
- Royal Purple
- Rose Carmine
- Lamp Black
- blend with water
- achieve colour graduations
- a handy color chart
- how to use the blender marker
- what types of paper work best with the markers
- brief description of the nibs
|AquaMarker Blender Pen|
I decided to test the markers on cold-pressed watercolor papers to see what type of results I would get.
First Project – Tag
The ink will not stain the stamp, if you clean the stamp immediately after using it. I used the stamp above and applied the ink directly to the stamp to stamp the image onto the box. The AquaMarker pigment inks showed up great on this cardstock. The box came out great. I glued some buttons and rhinestones to the box. Then used some of my favorite ribbon to finish wrapping up the gift box.
- Work fast, these pigment inks do dry up quickly.
- Use a paint brush if you want to control the amount of water you get on your project.
- There are some great YouTube videos on how to watercolor using the AquaMarkers and other similar markers. You can compare results with other brands while watching these great videos.
- You can take the small circle stickers they sell at the office supply stores and place them on the nib covers and color them in with the corresponding nibs to make spotting the right color easier.
- These colors are completely portable, which is a plus when you want to work outdoors or to take traveling for those last minute inspirations.
- Easy to use.
- Can be purchased as individual markers or in sets of 5 or twelve on the Letraset website.
- They are addictive and you will want to play with them a lot.
- They are not easy to find.
- You have to be mindful of the type of paper you use these on.
Reported by Cassandra Darwin
I was excited to test out a set of the Letraset Aqua Markers, because using markers makes me just as happy as it did when I was in grade school! I looked up this line of twin-tip markers online and noticed that the sets came with a “blender” pen. So I (incorrectly) assumed that they would function like my Copic markers – blending colors together but without the alcohol ink. Turns out that these markers actually work just like a watercolor pencil, so you can blend them with a brush on watercolor paper. A set of 12 Aqua Markers retails for just under $37.
The back of the Hints & Tips insert has a color chart for each set, and I found the colors on this chart to be much more true than the colors on the barrels of the markers themselves. You can also see the illustration of the twin tips below: fine nib for detail and broader brushlike tip for big surfaces.
I set the markers aside and used the “blender pen” to try to create a wash between the different colors. It didn’t work so well and I started to get some pilling on each of the tests. I also noticed that some colors were easier to blend than others, most notably the orange (Gold Ochre) seemed to have more pigment.
Then right below then Blender pen wash, I used a watercolor brush and water to try to create a wash between the different colors. Got even worse results – perhaps the ink had dried too long (about 3 or 4 minutes). You can click on the photo to zoom in.
I did one more test on regular cardstock, to see which inks would work best when stamping with these markers. The top is a stamped image with black Versafine pigment ink and it stayed very true even after blending the markers with a brush and water. Keep in mind that pigment ink takes a while to dry – I left this overnight before going back to it with markers and water. The black Memento dye ink (bottom) got a bit washed out after blending with water. The end result is more grey than black.
At this point I dragged myself to the store to get some watercolor paper to test the makers in their best environment. I also looked up a few more tips on the Letraset website (see more links at the end of the review) and learned that you can use these markers directly on stamps.
I used the broad nib of the markers directly on the rubber stamp and ended up with this image on the watercolor paper.
Even though this set of markers was not what I expected, they turned out to be really fun and different than what I was used to. It was nice to use a brush for the watercolor effect. I would absolutely recommend using the online resources that Letraset has on their website, and there are a couple videos on You Tube of crafters giving their own tips and tricks with these markers.
Resources on the Letraset website:
- Product information and basic “how to”
- Color chart and overview of Aqua Markers
- Color chart comparison for all Aqua Marker Sets
- All of the other tutorials and videos I saw on the site used the Pro Markers from Letraset, not the Aqua Markers
- A different type of marker, can be used alone or blended with a brush for a watercolor effect
- Well-packaged set includes storage, good variety of colors, and a blender pen
- Twin-tip is very nice for this type of marker
- Price is pretty reasonable when compared to fine watercolor sets or other crafting marker sets
- I never really figured out how to use the blender pen, and there was a learning curve for blending with a brush
- Had to buy watercolor paper to use these markers
- I could not find any other Letraset markers in my local art and craft stores
- Would be really helpful to have a video how-to on the Letraset website
Reported by Anam Stubbington
When I was asked to try the SafMat inkjet printable film from Letraset, I was intrigued, as I am well used to printing on stickers and transparencies. I wanted to see how it fared in relation to those.
According to the Letraset website, SafMat is…
“Ideal for use on paper and card – just print, cut out and stick Safmat is a highly transparent, self-adhesive film for use with your printer. It enables you to create your own unique text and graphics for applying onto almost any smooth surface.
Ideal for scrapbook pages, homemade greetings cards, wedding invites, technical drawings, packaging mockups… Safmat is the perfect solution for applying printed designs onto materials that wouldn’t normally go through a desktop printer. eg heavyweight card, acetate, large 3D objects…
Commercial designers and students use Safmat for creating realistic product and packaging mockups. It’s also popular in many crafts and creative leisure pastimes. No other product gives the same result – it’s like creating a unique, fully personalised transfer.
Safmat is acid free for archival longevity. It’s an excellent versatile solution for Scrap Booking, Card Making and many other craft activities. Anywhere it’s useful to apply personalised printed phrases and images.”
My biggest complaint about other films is that they often looked washed out, don’t dry quick enough and with transparencies nearly impossible to adhere but by the end of my packet of the SafMat film, I was hooked by its versatility and the brightness of the printed colors.
I used Adobe Photoshop to create pages of images that I wanted to print, but any programme that allows you to place images or text will be perfect.
I went about trying to use it on a variety of different items from paper to glass. With glass products like mirrors and windows, you will see the edges as it’s not 100% transparent, but it did not distract for me. With the paper products, the edges were hardly noticeable.
I made this layout to hang in our new home. The SafMat worked really well on the doily; it is really hard to see the cut edges. Given that there is no way I could print on the doily directly (and even if I could, it would bleed), so the SafMat made it all possible as you can still see the texture of the doily under the poem.
Here are two cards I made using SafMat as I used the SafMat for printing off my own sentiments and just having them to hand when I need them is an added bonus without having to resort to stamps and ink.
For scrapbooking and cardmaking, the possibilites are endless, and the self-adhesive properties make it far more usable than transparencies. The lovely Satin finish makes the finished product non-reflective which is good for photographing.
When printing, it needed no special settings and dried quickly. Try not to touch it with wet hands as it will smudge a little. It cut easily and if you cut close the printed image, the result is as if it was a rub-on. It adhered nicely – bubbles were easily rubbed out, and if it went down in the wrong place, with care it was easy to remove and replace .
I punched out some images (it is super easy to punch) and used them as stickers on some candy for my kids – a extra sweet touch to personalize any event – perfect for parties, weddings or even just for school lunches! I used some of the punches images as letter seals for that extra touch.
I loved how easily it went on walls, and can see myself putting my own favourite quotes on the walls in our new home. If you wanted sayings larger than what would fit on an A4 sheet, you could easily split it up over several sheets and it would still cost less than buying a custom decal.
My all time favourite fun thing was to make my own window decals. I printed them in reverse (see top picture) so they could be stuck on the inside of a window – like inside a car – and seen from the outside yet protected from the elements. And becuase they are easy to remove you could have different ones every week or for the seasons. (hint: Star Trek Spock Hand Print)
I loved working with the Safmat and can see it being part of my toolbox when it comes to projects. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to personalize their projects, especially if there are no stamps in a language you want such as Italian, Greek or Japanese.
- Fast drying time
- Crisp, bright printed colors
- Inkjet printable
- Not waterproof (although that can be said of all inkjet printable products)
- It was not as transparent as I would have liked, but made up for that with being non-reflective
- $10 for a pack of 10 but to be honest to get so much to a page that that works out as good value
Have you used the Letraset SafMat product yet? What do you like about the product? What would you use it on? Leave a comment and let us know!