Hello crafters! I know it’s still winter for a lot of people (and here in Dresden, Germany, the weather is abysmally grey today) and so I decided to share a colorful, flowery card I made last year. I am still recovering from three years of non-stop card making by not making any new cards 😉 but I do feel a slight urge to return to the craft room – let’s see how that goes. For now, enjoy the video tutorial of this no-line coloring technique with Inktense pencils!
I am going to be the first to admit that there is a lot of room for improvement on this card. I would have loved to have more detail in the petals, specifically in the red flower, but at least I always have room to improve. Would be boring if everything worked out perfectly each time, right? 🙂 I think that I like most about this project is that I managed to leave room for the highlights, starting with my first layer. I usually forget about the highlights, and then it just looks boring.
In order to create a collage like this, you need to apply some masking, as shown in the video. I use post it tape, but you can just use regular post-it notes as well if that’s what you have on hand. In addition, use a very light ink so you can just see the stamped lines but easily color over them with your coloring medium (in my case, Inktense pencils).
By die-cutting the panel with a scalloped border I was able to add a subtle touch of interest without distracting from the main focal point of the project (the flowers). I also enhanced the “grungy” feeling by splattering some color across the entire front panel (brush a harder brush which is loaded with water against the tip of the Inktense pencil…makes a wonderful mess!).
Since I didn’t quite achieve the detail in the coloring that I wanted, I cheated some more and added white dots with my gel pen. They add a very obvious level of interest, but at the same time distract from the shortcomings of the card. So, if you don’t success, just fake it 😀 I hope you enjoyed this project and give the no-line coloring technique a try yourself.
Thanks everyone for stopping by! I hope to post again soon, but as I said: I am still recovering from years of frantic card making. Just to give you an idea of what that means: For the first time in three years, I finally had the time again to sit down in the evening and read a book. I finally had time again to go outside and practice some photography, which is also one of my hobbies. In the past three years, I basically spend each hour that I wasn’t working on crafting, video editing, blogging, etc. There was no time at all for anything else, and I am enjoying getting back to my life again. For the past two months, I have not crafted a single day, and I haven’t missed it. I do feel like would like to do some coloring again in the near future, but I will not return to my crazy scheduled again. I’d rather take it slow and steady, providing you with some in-depth coloring tutorials when the muse strikes (I do have one that I am finishing up right now, so hopefully that will be up in a few weeks).
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PS: Seems that Simon Says Stamp no longer offers this stamp and die set! Sorry about that – the technique will of course also work with any other flower stamps you own.