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I’m so glad you’ve stopped by, as I’ve got something special to share with you.
Today’s post focuses on colouring in & features the very pretty Blossoming Basket stamp set from Stampin’ Up!. This stamp is currently available for FREE, but only for a limited time (offer ends March 31st 2018, click here for more details).
I’ve stamped the same image, onto 3 separate pieces of Whisper White Thick cardstock, & then coloured each image using a different type of medium.
(L-R: Watercolour Pencils & Blender Pens, Ink Pads & Aqua Painters, Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers).
As you can see from the images above, each medium gives a slightly different result. Some of the colours are more vibrant & some are more mellow. Some are really deep & rich, while others are softer & more transparent.
There’s no right or wrong, it’s really just a matter of your own personal opinion & preference.
I’ve included a few pics of each card & a little more information about what I used & how long each image took to colour below.
At the very end I’ve included a handy “Which Black Ink?” Colouring Guide, which will take the guess work out of choosing, which ink you need to use, for your next project. Please feel free to pin any of the images, especially the guide, or just bookmark this page for easy reference in the future.
Card Number 1: This lovely vibrant card was coloured using Stampin’ Up! watercolour pencils & a blender pen. I chose to use a combination of 6 colours to create my own unique flowers, however you could get equally stunning results using less colours. I was able to seamlessly blend my colours together using a blender pen. Blender pens are fabulous for this kind of work as they feature a fine point nib which makes blending in small spaces much much easier.
The image for card number 1 was stamped using Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Archival Ink, which is the perfect partner if you’re using Stampin’ Up! watercolour pencils & blender pens. Stampin’ Up! Archival Ink is alcohol based & so it won’t bleed, blur or run, if it comes into contact with water, or water based blending tools.
Card Number 2: The lovely deep, rich colours in this card are the result of using the new Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. I chose to use a combination of 3 colours in both the light & the dark shades of each colour for my flowers. Don’t panic if you don’t have that many colours yet, you can still create a beautiful card, by using the Stampin’ Blends Colour Lifter marker to help you create the light & shade instead. The Stampin’ Blends allow even the most novice of colourer’s to blend beautifully & the pointed nib end makes it easier to get into the smaller spaces. This was definitely the quickest of all of the cards to colour in.
The image for card number 2 was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, which is a water based ink. Using a water based ink, meant that my image would stay put & wouldn’t bleed or muddy up the colours from my alcohol markers if they came into contact…. I’m not sure about you, but I personally find it pretty hard not to come in contact with the outline when I’m colouring in.
Card Number 3: The beautiful, soft colours in this card are the result of using some of my Stampin’ Up! Classic Stampin’ Pads (we’ll call them ink pads) in combination with one of my Stampin’ Up! Aqua Painters, that I had filled with water. I wanted my flowers to be similar in colour to the previous 2 cards, so I chose to use ink pads in the same colours as the Watercolour pencils & Stampin’ Blends markers. Again don’t panic if you don’t have a heap of colours yet, as you can still create lots of depth by layering the ink with an Aqua painter, waiting for it to dry a little bit & then adding more to build up the depth & shadows. Now because I wanted to make sure I was showing you cards created on a level playing field I stamped my image onto a piece of Thick Whisper White Cardstock.
If you’re like me & use your Aqua Painter on a pretty regular basis, feel free to try using the Thick Whisper White for yourself. Make sure you have some paper towel nearby to dry off your Aqua Painter & be patient…too much water applied at once will make the cardstock bubble, buckle & warp. This card took the longest to make out of the three, because I had to be patient & wait for the water to be almost totally dry before adding more colour. If I’d been colouring it on Shimmery White or Watercolour paper it would’ve been a lot quicker, & landed in the middle of the other two cards time wise.
The image for card number 3 was stamped using Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Archival Ink, which is perfect if you’re using a water filled Aqua Painter & water based ink/ink pads to colour in your image. Stampin’ Up! Archival Ink is alcohol based & so it won’t bleed, blur or run, if it comes into contact with water, water based inks or water based blending tools.
Top Tip: If you’re new to using an Aqua painter, I’d strongly suggest stamping your image onto a piece of Shimmery white cardstock or Watercolour paper. Both the shimmery white & the watercolour paper will tolerate a lot more water, before they start to buckle then the Thick Whisper White will.
And last but definitely not least, here’s my Which Black Ink? Colouring Guide. I’ve taken some pic’s & added some text, to create this fabulous, easy to use, reference tool. Make sure you save it somewhere that’s easy to find, so that you can refer to it the next time you find yourself wondering Which Black Ink?
Until next time, happy stamping 🙂
Much Love, K xo
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