Just Add Color with Stampin’ Blends
The leaves around here are all brown and blown off the trees by now, but this card brings back those flaming fall colors with Just Add Color Designer Series Paper and Stampin’ Blend markers!
I’ve been practicing with these new alcohol markers for awhile now, and I’ve experimented with a couple different kinds of paper now. I like Neena Bright White cardstock quite a bit. Whisper White from Stampin’ Up is close behind that. I have a couple of coloring books that I’ve tried, but the paper is a bit too thin and the ink bleeds a lot.
Then I tried Just Add Color Designer Series Paper… and it is a dream to color on! It’s very thick and it is easy to color without the alcohol ink bleeding too much off the edges.
As for the Stampin’ Blends themselves, I’m really excited and pleased that it is possible to get really richly blended depth with just two tints of a color. It makes having a whole rainbow of alcohol markers so much more affordable than buying five different tints of the same marker shade. (Which is why I’ve never bought alcohol markers before now.)
This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #112!
Connie Collins is an absolutely amazing individual. She has gotten piles of design awards, had cards published in magazines, and been on the Artisan Design Team multiple times. And it’s no wonder… she’s an absolutely amazing designer! Each of her cards are a delight to look at, with beautiful color combinations, perfect balance, and just the right amount of embellishment to add interest but not overwhelm.
I loved this pumpkin card that she made, so I was really excited when this one was chosen for everyone to CASE. (CASE means Copy and Selectively Edit.) So what I copied was the large orange shapes on a Crumb Cake background, the sentiment embossed on a dark colored paper, and a bit of twine as an accent.
I intended to trim my layers to match Connie’s, too, but then I colored this whole pretty background and couldn’t bear to trim off any part of it! Connie used watercolors (I think) and I decided to try matching that richness of color with the new Stampin’ Blends markers. It took about two hours to completely color a sheet large enough for a card background, which I worked on in spurts while watching Mr. Stamp Witch play a video game in the evenings this week.
My Best Blend Technique
I’ve been working on perfecting a smooth blend, either from dark to light or from one color to another color and this is what has worked the best for me. To show the different steps I drew a couple of simple leaves on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with a purple colored pencil: I thought it was a regular pencil at first, but it works just fine for demonstration purposes.
Unless otherwise noted, I used the skinny side of the marker for all of the coloring here.
Leaf 1: I started with Dark Pumpkin Pie strokes going from the stem, which will be the darkest area, out toward the leaf edge. Each stroke theoretically starts out darker, when you draw slower and with a little more pressure, then gets lighter as you pick up speed and lift up on the pressure toward the end of a stroke. The entire stroke looks pretty uniform in color to me at this point, though.
Leaf 2: I traced the outer edge with Light Pumpkin Pie, then filled in the rest of the leaf with strokes going the same direction as the Dark Pumpkin Pie strokes. At this point there is very little overlap between the two ink tints. They aren’t really liquid-y enough to blend, I’m just blocking in the colors.
Leaf 3: I added a second layer of Dark Pumpkin Pie strokes in exactly the same method and placement as in Leaf 1. Then, I added a layer of Light Pumpkin Pie strokes that start in about the middle of the Dark Pumpkin Pie area and extend about halfway into the Light Pumpkin Pie area: this is the layer that blends everything together!
Leaf 4: I added a little bit more Dark Pumpkin Pie to the very center of the leaf, just a hint to add shading to the central vein. Then I let it dry for a bit. After it is dry, I drew some short dashed lines for texture. Since the bottom layers of ink are dry, these lines do not blend in!
Shadows: The background is colored with the wide side of the Light Crumb Cake marker. Then I draw a shadow that mimics the shape of the leaf with the Skinny side of the Dark Crumb Cake marker. I outline the darker shadow with the skinny side of the Light Crumb Cake marker to soften the edge of the shadow.
You need moisture to blend alcohol ink. If one color is already dry, it is very difficult to blend it with another color.
Two layers of ink seems to be the perfect amount of moisture for blending. Less that that is too little moisture and the ink doesn’t move around as easily. More than that and there is too much liquid for the paper to hold; the colors start to bleed out of the lines and even pool up on the paper surface causing a blotchy look.
- Color a piece of card-sized Just Add Color Designer Series Paper with a leaf pattern using Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral, and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend Markers.
- Layer with a Crumb Cake card base and a Cherry Cobbler border.
- Stamp the sentiment from Colorful Seasons onto Cherry Cobbler and emboss it with gold. Punch it out using a Pretty Label Punch.
- Add Pumpkin Pie Stitched Edge Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched Ribbon, and Gold Metallic Thread around and behind the sentiment. I used staples to attach the ribbons to the background and dimensionals hold on both the sentiment and the metallic thread.
- Add a few gold sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment as an accent.
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: Just Add Color Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Colorful Seasons (c) Stampin’ Up!
Markers: Light & Dark Daffodil Delight, Light & Dark Pumpkin Pie, Light & Dark Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blend Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!
Punch: Pretty Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: gold embossing power, heat tool, Pumpkin Pie Stitched Edge Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched Ribbon, Gold Metallic Thread, Metallics Sequin Assortment (c) Stampin’ Up!
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