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Monday, September 12, 2016

Blessed Card and Artwork Tips

I created this 5" x 7" beauty with the September Stamp of the Month (Blessed Beyond Measure).  This stamp set is only available in September, and is yours for only $5 ($12.95 savings) with every $50 you order (before shipping and tax). Order $100, get 2...and so on.  When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before checking out.

I had fun shading my pumpkin with watercolor pencils (using no water). I shared a few tips on coloring with pencils on top of a solid stamped image a little earlier this month, but I'll just post them again as a quick reminder, as well as a few more artwork tips from this card. I've included a products used list, complete with photos and links for your convenience, at the very end of this post.

Shading on Top of a Solid Stamped Image with Colored Pencils Tips:
  • You can use regular colored pencils or watercolor pencils. I love using watercolor pencils both with and without water. They are smooth and soft!
  • After stamping your image, find a color that is just darker than your image.  Scribble with that pencil on a scratch sheet of paper to make an angled tip and use that flat edge to color with (never use the point or you'll see pencil lines).
  • When coloring, go with the shape of the area you are shading. I shaded each section of the pumpkin separately, so I went back and forth like a crescent moon in my shading.
  • Push hardest with your pencil where you want the darkest color, then ease up on the pressure as you move in and want your shading to be less and less.
  • You can continue to add darker colors in the areas you want to be the darkest. I stamped my pumpkin with Goldrush ink, then used 2 colors, orangish and brownish pencils, from our watercolor pencils set to shade.
Other Tips from this card:
  • The bottom cardstock panel on this card is Pomegranate Cardstock. I stamped a tone-on-tone pattern using one of the branch stamps from the set in Pomegranate ink.  Creating your own patterned paper is a fun thing to do!  Be sure to space your stamps pretty evenly, change direction of your stamp, and don't be afraid to stamp off the edges.
  • The word blessed is embossed in gold powder.  Be sure when you emboss over a pattern that you have stamped you either make sure your pattern is 100% dry before you add your embossing powder (or it will stick to those cut branches too), or have a tiny paint brush to brush off any powder that wants to stick where it's not supposed to before heating your embossed image.


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