Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Simply Soft with Love

Hi everyone.  Here's my Design Team card for the latest Addicted to Stamps & More challenge - Make your Mark #6 - use any markers on your project.

(please follow the rules of the challenge to be eligible to win)

I have used the marker layering technique (so fun!) for my card today, using my favorite SU! stamp set for this technique - Simply Soft.  Some stamp sets seem to work best with certain techniques (of course, it's all individual taste) ... and this stamp set works best for me using the marker layering technique.  (Just like I always seem to use the Watercolor Spritz technique with SU!'s Gently Falling stamp set.)

Stamps:  Simply Soft, Field Flowers (SU!)
Paper:  Watercolor, White (SU!)
Ink:  Staz-on Black, Marina Mist, Raspberry Ripple, Daffodil Delight, Summer Sun (retired), Old Olive (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Stamp-a-ma-jig, post-it notes for masks, blender Pen (from SU!), 1/4" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, glue dot, and adhesives

There's a link on my Techniques Page to SCS's wonderful tutorial for this technique done by the very talented Karen Barber.  As with any technique, you sometimes develop a little different way of doing things than the originator - whatever works best for you!

In this case, I have found that I use my blender pen and swipe it across my ink pads (very, very light touch) and then color directly onto my watercolor paper (light color base coat).  Then I go back and add just a dot or dash of the same color using my Stampin' Write color (much stronger color) to add shading and then blend the color into the base coat using my blender pen.  A few added white dots with my gel pen finishes things off.  Easy and fun and very therapeutic ... reminds me of when I was little, coloring in my coloring books.

Here's a close-up of the flowers:

I hope I have inspired you to join us for this fun challenge.  Check out the other fabulous creations by the Design Team at ATS&M!


Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful card Loll and such gorgeous colouring


Kylie said...

Just beautiful, Loll! Great technique xx

Anonymous said...

Clean and lovely and the colors are perfect!

Bonnie said...

Wow, Loll, this just popped off my reader! What a beautiful card!

nancy littrell said...

Loll, your sweet card is so beautifully colored. TFS Karen Barber's wonderful tutorial on the marker layering technique too. I think I am going to be getting my markers out soon. You are always so inspiring my friend..

RitaR said...

What a beauty! I love this stamp set, too, and you've inspired me to try this coloring technique! Thank you for sharing and inspiring us with your lovely creations!

Karen B said...

Gorgeous card Loll and fabulous technique. I agree about how certain techniques lend themselves to certain stamp sets.

Karen x

Sue said...

Gorgeous card, Loll. Beautiful stamping and colouring, that stamp set is lovely. Sue x

Jenny said...

So pretty, love the country summer feel of your card :0)
Jenny x

Darnell J Knauss said...

It's so nice to see you back in my inbox, Lolly! Your card is a work of art in the coloring technique you've used. Another fave!! Hope you're doing okay. xxoo Dolly

Nonni said...

Hi Loll, beautiful, feminine card! The flowers look very pretty and I love how you've divided the card to sections with the ribbon - might have to CASE you. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, Lol! This is sooooo pretty. A beautiful card to brighten anyones day.
Florence xx

Michaela said...

Hi Loll
Thank you very much for your lovely comment. Appreciated very much.
Love your C&S card. Just my style! The colours you used remind me of Spring flowers I get every year in my front garden.
Michaela xx

Danielle Vincent said...

So gorgeous Loll! Thanks for sharing your technique with us. Adding that dot of white really seems to make those flowers come to life. It makes me happy just looking at it. Hugs D

Happy Dance said...

This is one of the most beautiful cards ever. I love all the white space around the delicate flowers. And the green ribbon is just the perfect touch. Hope all goes well with you and your family. Take care. Bev