Hello crafters! Today begins a new and exciting period in my “crafting career”: I’m joining the design team of The Alley Way Stamps as a YouTube designer. That means you can expect videos with lots of tutorials and information from me every week for the next six months!
To launch into my term as a design team member, I decided to go with something really fun, and simple. You will have no problem whatsoever being successful with this technique. The focus is on adding interest to images that don’t have a lot of detail.
As you can see in the video, I start out with an image that is very simple and basically just an outline shape. And since these are two little monsters, there are no limits to your imagination. You can choose any color combination or any pattern that you like. Of course, I went with a green and orange color combination in honor of the company colors of The Alley Way Stamps.
It also doesn’t matter which color medium you use. I personally feel that I’m very comfortable with my Copic markers, but you could also use watercolor, colored pencils, or whatever else you come up with.
The patterns I selected are very simple. It’s either circles or simple lines. If you feel more adventurous, you can draw more complicated patterns. It was almost an afterthought that I realized I could accentuate the patterns by adding little white accents with a gel pen. I think that is something that you really need to have in your arsenal as a crafter. The white dots just make the image pop even more and make it more lively.
Adding googly eyes is an option which you don’t have to do. But I think it’s absolutely worth the extra bulk because the animated eyes just fit these characters so perfectly. I added a little color underneath the monsters so they would be grounded on this one layer card. Speaking of one layer: I used Copic friendly paper, but it bled through to the other side. To fix that, I simply cut a piece of card stock that was slightly smaller than the front of my card and adhered it to the inside. It looks perfectly one layer from the outside, and you almost can’t notice the extra layer on the inside either.
To finish off the card, I grabbed a few sequins by Pretty Pink Posh in matching colors and arrange them in groups of threes around the card to balance it out.
I will be sharing another video soon which shows you more advanced techniques of adding interest. There, we will try to simulate fur on some of the other stamps in the stamp set. If you don’t want to miss out on any tutorials, subscribe to my YouTube channel here!
I’m sending this card off to the following challenges: MarkerPop has the ever popular “Anything Goes” and since I am using circles and white dots on one of my monsters, this is also going to Simon Says Stamp “Going Dotty”.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos and a video. If you liked it, leave me a comment or thumbs-up — you make me the happiest crafter in the world with that 🙂
See you again soon!