Just Because…

Hi friends!  I’m back today with some cards to share with you.  I’ve been itching to use the Stamping Bella “Just Because” stamp set, and today I’m sharing 4 different ways to color the same stamp.



The first card I want to share, is stamped on Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock and colored with Zig Real Brush markers.  They are water-based, and you can very easily blend the colors by either coloring with a darker colored marker and then dragging the color with a lighter colored marker until the tint runs out, OR laying down a dark color with the marker and then using a wet brush to blend the color out to lighter at the edges as I did in the photo below.



Once the image was colored and dry, I went over the blue ribbon with a Wink of Stella marker to give it a very subtle glitter/sheen.  Hard to photograph, but cool in real life.


Here is the finished card.  I started by machine stitching lines onto the grey cardstock and layering it with a thin strip of floral patterned paper and then letting some of the white card base edge show.  Then I fussy cut the image out and adhered it on the stitched cardstock and finished it off with a foam mounted sentiment strip and some dew drop gems.

This next card was stamped on Neenah Solar White cardstock (110 pound) and colored with Copic markers.


The magic in this way of coloring is also in the blendability of the colors.  The best results come from starting with a dark color, then adding a medium shade and finishing with a light color.  For small areas like the leaves you can get away with just the dark and the light, and still get a nice color gradation.

The cool thing about the sentiment on this card is that the original stamp is a single line of text, but for the purposes of fitting it in on this card, I did some stamp surgery and cut each word from the other so I could line it up vertically like you see.  I cut the colored image out using an oval stitched die and then finished the card with some Tonic Studio Nuvo drops.


The next two cards are stamped on watercolor paper, but the first is stamped with Ranger Distress Ink in Antique Linen and the second is stamped in black with Versafine Onyx black ink.


The reason for stamping the image in Antique Linen (a really pale shade of ink that dissolves into the ink that is painted over it) is so that I could try the “no-line” style of coloring where you let the highlights and shadows of color define the image edges, rather than the lines.  It’s tricky.  I have a lot to learn.  I cut the image out, using a tag die and added a Distress Ink-dyed seam binding ribbon tied to the top.

But I don’t hate the black outlines of a stamped image.  So that’s how I colored this last card.  I stayed very loose and patchy with the color of the background, water and jar.  Then I blended some red and purple for the blooms.  I cut the image with a square stitched die and mounted it on the card front with foam tape.  The “just because” sentiment is included in the Stamping Bella Mason Jar stamp set.  And that little enamel pink heart by the sentiment?  That’s also Tonic Studios Nuvo drops.  It’s created by drawing a “V” with the tip of the bottle and letting it settle out into a heart shape.


I think it makes a favorite rubber stamp even more favorite when you can get a few different looks from the same stamp.

Thanks for stopping by today!  We’ll see you again on Sunday!

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New Year, new products, new inspiration…

Hello friends and welcome to our first post of the New Year!  I’m a bit holiday seasoned-out so I was glad to just pull out some new supplies recently acquired from the Love is in the Details store, and mindlessly play.  These FUN little birthday designs printed on watercolor paper were the perfect little canvases to play on….


…and these new watercolor pencils from Spectrum Noir were the medium of choice!


In case you’re wondering, how the various brands of watercolor pencils compare…because there are a few to choose from….I did this little color comparison sample.  As you can see from the photo, the Spectrum brand provides a thick and creamy coverage that turns to a beautiful watercolor tint.  Even better, they will be releasing more color collections, and having a bad case of Collect the Whole Set-itis, I will be needing all those colors.


Before I show you the cards that came out of this therapeutic coloring session, I wanted to show you how you can achieve a fun color blend.  I used two shades of blue pencils and a green and colored the block letters in thirds from top to bottom.  Then, using a water brush I colored the top color, then the bottom color and finally, colored the middle section, overlapping into the top and bottom so they would blend together.


I did the same for the rainbow CELEBRATE letters and presents on the card on the top left, and an orange/yellow ombre on the Birthday card on the bottom right.


Here are some close-ups of the individual cards.




This last card was colored with the new Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua-Wash brushes in the store.  They come in color sets of threes and I used the spring and summer color sets to paint the balloons and alphabets below.


Thanks for coming by today!  I’m really happy to be back with some new inspiration, not to mention, fun new products to play with and then tell you about!   Have a wonderful day!


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