DIY Gamsol Marker + Blending Colored Pencils

February 21, 2018

Hi there! Today’s video shares how to create a Gamsol marker to easily blend and smooth colored pencils. I struggle to get great results using paper stumps to blend my colored pencils, but this DIY Gamsol marker makes coloring faster, easier, and more portable.

(Looking for anything that I used in the video? All of the supplies are linked with images to multiple stores at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Watch the full video HERE in HD!)

To create the Gamsol marker, I used an alcohol ink blending pen. This marker comes empty and you can fill it up with Gamsol to create a blending marker (see filling instructions in the video).

For both of my card examples, I used the Stamp TV Hearts and Flowers kit which is packed with beautiful supplies. I love this kit because it is so well thought out and you can create lots of card projects!

On the first card, I scribbled a bit of color down in the small images and quickly blended them using the marker. Since the image is so detailed, the coloring doesn’t have to be perfect. I scribbled the marker off in between colors to clean off the marker’s tip.

For the second example, I quickly added three different colors to each petal of the large flowers and leaves. Then, I went over the colors using the Gamsol marker to create a smooth and even blend on each petal.


Below are all of the supplies used in today’s video linked to multiple stores for convenience. Compensated affiliate links used when possible… Thank you!

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  • Reply Brandi R February 21, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    GREAT idea! I have trouble with the paper stumps too and never thought to use an empty marker/pen. Brilliant. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply Lesa February 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    First time visiting your blog. Excellent job and thanks for the tip using the gamsol.
    So nice to see a teenagers view on card making.
    I will be returning to your blog daily.

  • Reply Sheila Bacon February 22, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Super cards…very colorful and eye-catching. Superb tutorial as I picked up several tips.

  • Reply Conniecrafter February 23, 2018 at 10:08 am

    that is so cool and I love the effect of using the die to just emboss around it too, great tips!

  • Reply Kimberly T. February 23, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I just love your blog!!! I love to see your cards and your ideas…keep up the good work.

  • Reply Vicki March 16, 2018 at 11:30 am

    freaking GENIUS idea with the gamsol marker!! Gorgeous cards and coloring.

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