My latest class project to share is for the Altenew Color Your Day class.
This class was chocked full of great information and ideas. There are so many ways to add color to your card. Over the last several blog posts, I’ve shared three different ways to add color to your project and none of them involved just layering the stamps with different shade of color.
I also realized that there are so many ways to get inspired to select your colors, patterns, and theme for your card. You can use a color wheel, a photo, an object, a piece of clothing, or a scene you see every day.
You can also use several different materials and mediums to add your color to your project.
Every time we make a card, we decide what color to stamp the image, what medium will we use, what will our layout be, what sentiment do we want, what stamp set will we use, do we want a background…the list goes on!
I’ve been practicing my coloring a little everyday. I’ve used a variety of watercolor techniques and I’ve been playing with pencils. Today, I played with markers!
For this card, I used Altenew’s Amazing You stamp set and their alcohol markers. I stamped the image onto a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″ white card stock panel in the permanent black ink. I didn’t have to think about which colors to use because Altenew sells their colors in sets of 4 that layer perfectly together. Their markers are designed to do the same and coordinate perfectly with their ink pad colors.
After giving the ink plenty of time to dry, I experimented with coloring the image with the markers. All of the flowers use the same 3 marker colors: R302, R304, and R335. I experimented coloring each flower in a different way. The top flower started by coloring in the entire image with the lightest colors and then adding in the medium, then the dark and then blending over the top with the lightest color again. The middle one started just with the dark, then medium flicking the colors from the inner part of each petal outward and adding the lighter color last. The flower in the lower right started by adding the darkest, then the medium just by outlining the edges and then adding the lightest color without a lot of blending. They all look surprisingly different.
The leaves are colored with 3 shades of green: G702, G715, and G554. I felt like they needed a little more depth so I added a yellow: Y205. The gems are from Studio Katia. The sentiment comes from the same stamp set and is again stamped in permanent black ink.
The entire panel was attached to the card base using foam tape.
Imagine how different this would look if I had heat embossed it in white embossing powder and then watercolored the image. I will do that as my next project!