I’m sad to let you know that Stampin’ Up! has made the difficult decision to discontinue the line of Blendabilites alcohol markers.
In short, the welding process of attaching the marker tip to the barrel of the marker can result in microscopic holes in the tip of the marker. This can lead to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink, resulting in a dried up, unusable marker.
There is a detailed explanation and Q&A about this problem posted here.
Please note that this defect does NOT affect all the markers that are out there. It’s estimated that approximately 30-40% of the markers were affected by the defect. My markers are thankfully fine, and I will continue to use them for personal use. If you have purchased any Blendabilites, or earned some as a free Sale-A-Bration item, I encourage you to test your markers to see if they are working. If they are unusable, or you are uncomfortable keeping them, please contact me by June 15, 2015, and I will send them back to the company for you and you will be offered a refund or exchange for a different product. Shipping and sales tax will also be refunded for any returned defective markers.
You can see the video the company produced with more information, as well as questions and answers by clicking here. The video also shares ideas for other options for your coloring needs using other products we offer.
The success of the Blendabilites line has surely let Stampin’ Up! know that alcohol based markers, and all the crafting possibilities that they allow, are a high demand product and they are continuing to work on finding a new manufacturer or method of producing these markers that will result in a high quality, stable product line. Stampin’ Up! is known for and stands by their commitment to the highest quality products, so they could not in good conscience continue to offer a product line that did not meet those high standards.
Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. I know this is disappointing and frustrating news, but I for one am very glad that the company has acknowledged this issue, and is not going to continue to sell problematic products. Refer to the Q & A posted above, and stay tuned for updates, I will post them as I hear them from the company. Thanks for your time, and your support of my business and Stampin’ Up!.