We all have them, some of us have hoards of them..........markers!! Water based markers, alcohol markers, cheap ones and expensive ones and the list can even continue further. They were really the rage, years ago, just to color a stamped image. Now they have taken us down the artist road with all the colors for blending, and classes on HOW to blend to get those luscious shaded images.
I went back to a time to when using your marker to actually color the stamp was the thing to do. All things old are becoming "new" again.....*grin*
I chose this delicate vine of flowers stamp, most people prefer to use a solid image, but I really like this stamp and have had it for years. For those who have not tried this, it is rather simple........color your image with a water base marker.....now, we used to "huff" the stamp......huff??? Just means to give it a good moist breath of air. I use a small misting bottle of water, these days, held about a foot away. ( you might want to try this on a scrap paper first, just to see how much spritz you want to use) Then stamp the image......simple huh?
Since this is an outline stamp the image didn't have any weight to it. I took the same markers, scribbled on a piece of plastic ( the top to package.....you know, the ones you have to CUT open)
With a small, detail paint brush, I added a little water to my "scribbled" ink then lightly gave the blossoms a touch of colored shading.......repeat for the leaves.
Now, why would I cut that ragged edge??.......because I stamped a butterfly in that lower corner, and hated it, but didn't want to start ALL OVER AGAIN. So, I trimmed it off, went along the edge with the same pink marker and then took a damp brush along the edge to make the marker run a little. I added an embossed paper to the back for a little texture.
This is a great technique that leaves you NO black outlines, or coloring book look.....and it's FUN!
The butterfly I did use is from a stamp and die set from Art-C and are NBUS (Never Been Used Schtuff) Using the very same technique. The same holds true for the sentiment and die. AND since Darnell is running her annual, or semi annual challenge to use YOUR NBUS........I'll link this card up on HER blog.
Inspired by All the Little Things has a challenge that is photo inspired:
I just fell in love with the delicate pink and the butterflies in this photo.
Stamping Sensations March challenge is Flower Power.......everybody is getting ready for spring.
and so is Just Us Girls with their "word" week.
ALL of these blog sights are showing some really terrific samples by their DTs. I do hope you drop by and leave them a little love for all their hard work. Being a DT is not always an easy task, fun, but not always easy. And while your there.....why not join the fun?