Saturday, 11 January 2014
As promised yesterday, I have a new flower card + some tutorial links and tips. The stamp set I used is the same than yesterday: VIGNETTE: Eclectic Florals by STAMPlorations. The clue in this coloring technique is that you use markers for coloring in a solid image and not an outline image as you would usually do -this gives a very unique, "hand-drawn" look. If you stamp with a very pale ink like in my yesterday's card (for those of you who missed that, I've added the photo below) the outcome looks a bit like water coloring.
These cards are very much influenced by Darlene's videos Mixed Media Flowers and Lots of Copics. Both of these coloring tutorials teach you how to add depth to solid stamped images using Copics and pencils. If you stamp with inks like Memento it's fine to use markers on top of stamping. Here I've chosen Copics that match my ink color but you could also try more funkier combinations and use your blender pen to fade the sharp line between your Copic coloring and the stamped image. In her Mixed Media Flower tutorial Darlene brings in an Inktense pencil in contrasting color too -I used only white Inktence pencil here for adding more light. I believe you could use any other colored pencils for this technique but Inktense pencils are really great!
The blending in the card I posted yesterday looks softer mostly because of the shape of the flowers: they have bigger, rounder petals so you have more space to blend your dark, medium and light marker. Also the ink I stamped with is very light. If you are interested to hear my Copic combos, let me know and I'll check them for you -I'm writing this away from home and don't remember them by heart! :)
I hope I've inspired you to have a go at coloring in solid images, it's very fun and surprisingly different from working with outline images! Making these cards have made me think of my silhouette stamps in a different way. Oh and do check out Darlene's GREAT tutorials, her Youtube Channel is a gem.
Lastly, the card above is my third card for One Layer Simplicity -one more card for my birthday card stash! Have a fun weekend and thanks for stopping by!