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May 22, 2014


Jen Timko

Fabulous comparison Jan!! Thanks so much for this!

Laura Albertson

They are both gorgeous! You may want to point out, though, that the memento ink pad is not designed to be used with the waterbased markers, as it is also water-based.
Also, while this shows how much better the blendabilities work on Whisper White, it's not really an equal comparison. If you used Stazon ink on watercolor paper for the water based markers, you would achieve better results, because those are the products they work best with.
That said, thanks for taking the time to do this, and I am jealous of your coloring. Love how you used the flower to make the background for the card as well-it's stunning!


Actually, Laura, I disagree. If you read the back of the Memento ink pad it says "When dry, stamped impressions are water resistant" which should make it completely compatible with water-based markers. Our markers were meant to be used with water-resistant ink like our Basic Black ink (which since they changed the formulation they have not been able to totally nail that back down) and our Whisper White cardstock, with its hot-pressed finish that makes markers lay very nicely without as many streaks. I don't use watercolor paper with markers because watercolor paper is meant to be used with very wet media like watercolor paint (which is a pigment suspended in a medium) not dye-based ink like our ink pads and/or markers. Yes, you can use markers with watercolor paper, but the thirsty nature of the fibers is going to grab your dye ink and not allow it to be manipulated very easily. It's going to sink in and will be hard to blend for a smooth look, while Whisper White cardstock gives you a short amount of time to manipulate the color and achieve a smoother look. If you are looking for a watercolor look, by all means use watercolor paper, but for comparing smoothness of blending, using both of these types of markers with the same ink pad and cardstock is the most fair comparison, in my opinion.

Pamela Searcy

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. Both flowers are beautiful!

nancy littrell

I totally agree with you Jan. I love the rich and beautifully blended results with the blendies. I have several in my gallery. I have several of the Blended Bloom images colored, but not on a card yet. I still love my markers for a more watercolor look and if you want a softer look. Both types of markers i think! TFS

nancy littrell

P.S. I prefer the water based markers on watercolor paper if I spritzed with water or am using my Blender Pen. Again, I think both types of markers are great just have different end results. Depends on what you want.

I found the Stazon smeared with the Blendies and the Memento smeared even with waiting with the water based markers, but not as much.

I think any new product just has to be experimented with...and gosh, that is half the fun :-)

Thanks again Jan and everyone for your input.


Great tutorial to show us some of the differences. Will be fun to play when they become available.

Sandy Hill

Thank you Jan for the comparison. I love both, but really love the one done with the Blendabilities better because of the richness of the colors.


Thanks Jan for an in depth comparison of the two types of markers. I can't wait to try them out.


So very nice, Jan. Both are beautiful, however, you are correct, the Blendabilities create a richer and more vibrant result. Thanks for taking the time to do a side-by-side comparison to see just how it looks. Gojus!

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