Do you guys know who one of my greatest inspirations is? Kay Miller. Her cards have a unique style and the way she uses color and white space – heavenly! I created a few cards last year which were inspired by her style and this one today is also taking a lot of cues from her. Obviously, she is much better at combining a watercolor background with a stamp, but hey, I’m getting there 🙂
You know that I’m totally in love with stamps designed by Stacey Yacula and sold by Purple Onion Designs and I want to use them as often as I can. Now, this cute raccoon is a fall stamp because he sits next to a pumpkin, but I decided to turn the pumpkin into a huge cherry to use it outside of the fall season. And because it’s my card , I can 🙂
I was also heavily inspired by my fellow Purple Onion Designs design team member Simone. She manages to color images in a super soft way and still instill them with so much life and vibrance, I am totally in awe of that. So that’s what I tried with today’s project: color very softly, forgo the super heavy contrast I usually try to achieve. It wasn’t easy to hold back, but I am actually quite happy about how this turned out.
I colored this image with my new-ish ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers. I got the set of 24 and so far I’m very happy with it and I don’t feel like I need additional colors. I have Distress Markers, Distress Ink Pads, and many other watercoloring mediums so I feel that whichever color I can’t mix myself, these other mediums can supply. Since the ZIGs are very intense in color, I scribbled the color on an acrylic block and picked it up with a brush instead of going directly to paper. Worked like a charm!
Thanks to my Brother Scan ’n Cut, cutting out the raccoon with his cherry wasn’t any hassle at all, even though I did cut the part between his scarf and body, as well as between his face and the cherry by hand. Just a word of caution for those of you who consider a cutting machine: I am very happy with mine, but with stamps which don’t have a solid continuous outline but are a bit more sketchy like these Purple Onion Designs images it’s possible that the Scan ’n Cut will not recognize the image on the first scan or at all. That’s a known limitation of the system, so don’t be shocked if not all images will work.
I hope the project inspires you and you try another coloring style than the one you are most comfortable with. It’s ok not to get it right on the first attempt, but don’t consider it a fail. You always learn something new when you step outside your comfort zone and only by doing that will you learn something new 🙂 Catch you again soon!
I’m sending this card off to Simon Says: Anything Goes.
I’ve listed the products used for this project below. If possible, I link to Seven Hills Crafts for all European Crafters. Alternative shopping outlets linked to are Amazon US and Simon Says Stamp. Click here to learn more about which companies I am affiliated with.