Sunday, March 31, 2013

Another Easter 2013 Card


Today I am sharing another card that I made for this Easter. The above image is the greeting from the card.


I used the same new-to-me technique (that I mentioned in my Friday, March 29 post) to color in the stamped image. In case you need a quick refresher, I used old "plain" colored pencils (not watercolor), odorless mineral spirits and tortillons (some people call them stumps) to color in the stamped image. I posted more information below.

Here is a closeup of the stamped image:


Materials used: Eggcellent Stamps by Jillibean Soup, Holiday Seasons Clear Stamp Set by Inkadinkado, generic white card base from my stash, DCWV green cardstock, pink cardstock from by stash, CTMH Colonial White Cardstock, CTMH Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pads (Archival Black and Sweet Leaf), Jillibean Soup Baker's Twine (green and purple), Anna Griffin/Cuttlebug embossing folder.

In case you would like a little more information about the coloring technique I used, I used the suggestions in a product review on Amazon. The product is called Stampers Anonymous Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits Kit by Stampers Anonymous and it was the review "Good beginner or travel kit by S. Conway". I am reprinting part of the review here because I am afraid when the item sells out (as of this post there are only 7 remaining) the product information and review will no longer be available.

Reprinted from link above:

How I use with stamps:
Stamp a design with a permanent ink. Make sure it is dry before beginning technique.
Draw around the void spaces of the stamp with colored pencil basically leaving a line of colored wax around the space, leaving the center of the void area unmarked.
With screw top on Gamsol, tip upside down to wet the sponge tip. Touch a blending stump to the wet sponge and soak up fluid to moisten tip. Put cap on bottle to limit evaporation.
Take the moist tip and run it in tiny circles from the waxy line to the unmarked area. The Gamsol break down the colored pencil line and will allow the stump to pick up some of the color. drawing tiny circles causes the color to slowly blend inward toward the unmarked center. Can add more color, or second color, etc while continuing to make tiny circles all around your colored space, bringing the color from the outer edge into the center in smooth blended tones. Lots of videos online showing how.
- Be patient. Better to go slower, add color to get the desired effect.
- Start with lightest tones first, then blend in darker tones.
- If you have dark color on stump and try to blend into a lighter area, the darker color will transfer. Clean stump by rubbing on sandpaper, or use one end for light, one end for dark.
- Paper needs to be thick enough to handle the solvent breaking down. Use good quality card stock.
- If you use the wrong ink, it will be picked up on your blending stump. Test before your actual project.
- Do not use this with watercolor pencils.
- This technique works with inexpensive crayola brand colored pencils quite satisfactory, but better pencils like Prismacolor, Mona Lisa and others will give smoother blending results.
This technique is relaxing. Enjoy.
[end of review]

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