Today, I got a new stamp set from CTMH. It was perfect to try with chalks and water color pencils. I personally don't mind using a stump with Gamsol so I am not even going to try it (at least for now :o) ). Here are the results...
I like chalked images to appear "soft." In my opinion, the blender pen muddied the colors. I was not pleased with the results and will not bother doing the technique again. I did like the results of the blender pen with the water color pencils. The Blender Pen mixed the colors easily which allowed for shading effects. The colors remained vibrant. The other great thing is the image was stamped on normal cardstock. I think the pen would work great for a quick project when you don't want to "bother" with water color paper. The CS did not curl or run like it can when doing the normal water color technique. Here is the complete card using the water color image. The card layout was for the SCS sketch challenge SC222.
CTMH – Unforgettable, Key to My Heart, Juniper, Sorbet and Colonial White
CTMH – Bunny Love
Ink – Stamp Pads
CTMH – Sorbet and Desert Sand
Ribbon, Water Color Pencils and Dove Blender Pen
So, Frugal, Frivolous or Foolish...For using the with chalks, I rank it Foolish. The results just weren't good. For using with water color pencils, the Dove Blending Pen was Frugal. It was easy, enhanced the colors and for small projects saves time because it worked well on plain cardstock. I will definitely use it again with water color pencils. For Now, Happy Crafting!