Friday, June 23, 2023

Floral Trims

 Hi! I love coloring and the new Stampers Anonymous Floral Trims gave me the chance to play around with coloring in the flowers.  I know I have shared before the various ways to color stamps but I thought it would be fun to create a series of tags using the same stamp, layout and color scheme but vary the mediums. 

I spent some time stamping the image on different paper types using the same archival ink.  I then pulled out my copic markers, watercolor markers, 2 types of watercolor pencils and my distress ink pads.  I had on hand my waterbrushes to use for the various mediums.

The first tag using the watercolor markers.  A good stamping friend taught me her method of coloring the images watercolor marker and I have to admit it is one of my favorite techniques.

I used watercolor paper for this image and stamped the image with archival ink.  Anything permanent and resistant to water is the important thing to remember with all of these painting/coloring techniques. 

To color this image I started with the darkest color in the middle and then used the waterbrush to spread the color outwards.  I repeated to get the shading where needed.  Then I highlighted the center with a white gel pen.

On the next tag I used plain cardstock. (The watercolor cardstock would have worked just as well ore even better.)

This was painted with distress inks smeared on the acrylic mat and then the ink was picked up on the waterbrush and painted over the surface.  I repeated with multiple colors to get more of a softer muted effect. 

For the next image I used watercolor pencils.  I love using pencils as you can control the placement and intensity of the colors when first applied.

This was stamped on white cardstock.  It would also work well on the watercolor paper.  The watercolor paper usually has more texture and can sometimes cause the stamp to ink as clearly.  I like to use the plain cardstock unless I need more water on the medium.  

I colored the areas I wanted to shade in and then used the waterbrush to soften and blend the shading.  I will wait until it dries and then come back in with more shading to get a deeper color in the shaded areas.  

I had a new set of Ranger Distress Watercolor Pencils and I used them on my next stamped image.  Again this is on white plain cardstock. 

The main difference on this image is I had less choices in my colors as I had limited pencils. But I used the same technique to shade in the areas of color and use the waterbrush to soften the edges.

For my last two tags I used Copic Markers to color the images.  There is a slight difference in the two images and it has to do with the cardstock.  The first one was a sheet of cardstock I found in my drawer and it is one that can be used for Copic markers but it didn't blend as well as I would have liked.

To get the movement you need to blend the colors you need a paper that will allow the ink to seep and blend.  I went out and purchased a special paper intended for Copic Markers and tried a second version which blended and mixed the colors much better.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of coloring with the new Floral Trims!



Friday, June 9, 2023

Get Ready to Travel!

Hi!  I am sharing a post for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Inspiration Ave on travel!  This past month has been a bit hectic with a little bit of roadtrip fun.  It had me thinking about traveling the world and postcards! 

I worked on a card and multiple postcards.  I shared the front and backs of the postcards.
I mixed in some stamping along with a touch of die cuts.  I love postcards because they are all stamping!

For the cardbase: 

Mask the top and bottom of the card with washi tape.  Sponge blue dye ink over the open cardstock.  Cut out the globe from white cardstock.  Sponge the globe with various shades of green dye ink. Splatter the surface of the inked areas to create water spots.  

Stamp the air mail and  stamp images using the same dye inks from the globe and background. Cut the stamped images out and distress the edges.  Stamp the sentiment with black ink and cut out.  Ink the edges of the sentiment with the blue dye ink.  Ink the edges of the snapshot with the green dye ink.  Attach the stamped images with a clip. Assemble the card.

Now you have a fun little adventure and travel card ready to go for someone ready to embark on a trip! 

For my next projects I created a variety of postcards.  I used various stamps on 3 1/2 x 5" postcard bases

For the next postcard:

Stamp the image on the left side with black archival ink.  If you are planning on sending a postcard I always try to use water resistant ink.  If you use a dye ink you can cover it with clear embossing powder or a sealant.  Stamp the postcard stamp across the side of the image leaving the right side open for the address.

On the flip side the images were all stamped in the same black archival ink and a few lines to write a note were drawn using a permanent marker.  

The next postcard using the soft tan ink with a hint of watercolor pencil to accent. 

Stamp the image with Pebble Beach Archival Ink.  Stamp strip down the center by masking the stamp and inking and then removing the mask and stamping in center of postcard.  Stamp Postal Card across top with same ink.

Stamp the image with light brown ink and add accents with watercolor pencil.  Stamp sentiment along right side. 

For the back of the postcard the globe was die cut and applied to the postcard.  The edge was covered with washi tape and the sentiment stamped along the edge.  The address stamp was masked on the stamp with post it notes and then inked up.  Then then the post it notes were removed and the word address was stamped on the right side.  

The front of the post card is a snapshot and a few stamps were stamped over the image to add some travel vibes. 

For my final postcard the Inspector is peeking over the edge.
Stamp the inspector using black archival ink.  Mask the inspector with a second stamped image of him cut out and placed over the original stamped image.  Ink up the circle stamp and stamp over the masked image.  Then layer in the other stamps using the blue, black and brown inks.  Finish with sponged archival ink around the edges.  Flip the postcard over.

Stamp the images using archival black ink an the plan with the blue dye ink. Sponge the endges with the brown dye ink.  Draw a line down the center with black permanent marker.  Distress the background with some inky smudges using brown archival ink. 

I hope this has you thinking of travel plans!