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Sometimes, we collect lots of pens and markers that run out of ink. If you still have them in your stash, don't throw them in the dumpster yet!
Did you know that you can use their back ends as alternative stamps? In this tip, discover how you can create a photo background featuring cute embossed circles using your old pens!
The materials you'll need are the following: old pens and markers, embossing powder, Versamark, paint brush, watercolor, and heat tool.
First, let's create a base background first. Using a brush, apply a light color of watercolor onto your page. I'm using this fabulous pastel pink color.
Dry it with a heat tool. Make sure it completely dries before proceeding to our next step.
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Go over your stash and find old pens and markers that you no longer use. It doesn't have to be out of ink, as long as the backend of the pen has an interesting shape. It could be a plain circle, triangle, or a hexagon... it depends on what you currently have!
The back-ends of your pen should be of different sizes so we can have variation in our embossed circles later on.
Next, get your Versamark watermark stamp pad. Dip in the ends of your pens to wet them.
Once your chosen pen's back-end is all wet, stamp it into your page. Scatter it around as you like but try to get a full circle shape as you go.
As I said, we're adding variation so I'm using a small pen, a bigger marker, and a pencil which gives a beehive shape effect.
Tip: To make sure you get a full transfer of the watermark, once your pen touches the paper, slightly twist it so the stamp will appear stronger.