There are some stamp sets that you buy and you love them so much, you use them all the time. Pretty in Peony from The Rabbit Hole Designs is one of those stamp sets for me. I just love the flowers in this set and it has a nice variety of sentiments as well.
I needed to create a sympathy card and the Paper Craft Crew challenge this week is a Tic Tac Toe Challenge and a sympathy card was one of the squares! I chose to use a monochromatic seasonal sympathy card. This card probably would have been more seasonal if I had used a brown ink or even a rusty red ink. I chose to use a set of gray inks. This has been a super gloomy few weeks here and gray seems to be marking the season.
I went straight across the middle. I kept it very clean and simple, although I used a piece of white woodgrain paper from Altenew and fussy cut the images that I stamped. I did pop the flowers up on foam dots and add some enamel dots, so technically this is not a true CAS card.
One of the Copic coloring skills that I am working on is to keep the dark shadows very dark. Kelly Latevola Taylor has taught a couple of alcohol marker classes for Altenew and she always stresses to make it darker than you are comfortable. This gives you image more dimension.
I used 3 Copic colors: C1, 3, 5 and Altenew’s Permanent Black ink. So simple and I love the elegance that this card has.
It’s a little hard to see the woodgrain background, but it is quite pretty in person. I bought a package of 10 sheets and I keep it for special cards like this one.
I never like to have to send a sympathy card, so when I make them I try to keep them simple and beautiful.
Have you tried alcohol marker coloring yet? I started out with Altenew Artist Markers and I still use them on a lot of projects. I started purchasing a few Copics here and there to add some color combinations that the Altenew sets just didn’t have. I’ve found 3 places that I really like for ordering Copics and that have the best prices with great service.
I also think that I’m finally starting to develop my own style with alcohol marker coloring. There are still skills I’m working on, but it’s fun to be a work in progress. Somehow there is less pressure with that than being the leading expert! It’s just one of those things that I find that I can really lose myself as I’m doing it. It’s very meditative. There is nothing better than to spend a quite morning coloring and thinking about nothing but the project I’m working on.
Of course, it does help that I don’t have the stress of a job hanging over my head with never ending tasks to do. I think if you still have the job stress that it is even more important for you to find that creative thing that allows you to get lost in the pleasure of creating even if you only have 15 minutes. You deserve it and you need it. Remember to take care of yourself!
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