Hi crafters! Today I am back with non-whimsical christmas design featuring stamps by Purple Onion Designs. I wanted to give the no-line coloring technique a go again—I find it quite difficult to pull off well, but when it works it’s magnificent. I think it kinda-sorta worked here, but I have some ideas on what to improve in the future. Also, a reminder that the Purple Onion Designs SALE is still going on until Dec 7–you can get 25% off the entire range of stamps!
When I do no line coloring, especially with watercolor mediums, I like to stamp my images in a very light ink—either a light blue, it that works with the coloring will do, or with Antique Linen distress ink, as I did here. The ink will not contaminate the colors I am going to be using on top of it.
I used my Inktense pencils to color the image—of course you can use whatever coloring medium you prefer. I opted for these pencils because I like the colors and I have kind of managed to get the blending working for me. I use a very small damp brush and pick up the color directly from the pencil tip. I rarely ever bring the pencil to paper directly (didn’t do it once in this project) so I don’t mind when the pencil tips end up looking funny because of it.
On this card, I combined the Bells stamp with the Holly Branch. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure I would position the images properly and so didn’t even need to do any masking. Remember, the distress ink I used for stamping is very light so I can cover up anything that overlaps. As a final touch, I added a super light wash of blue to the background and then used my Sharpie marker to add falling snow and snow on top of the elements.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired! Don’t forget to take advantage of the sale over at Purple Onion Designs to grab some beautiful stamps at a reduced price!