Coloring with Stampin’ Blends

Ever have one of those days where you just need to get out of your head for a little while? I was having one of those mornings and my guys were all busy, so I took myself out for a little window shopping to improve my attitude. At our local HomeGoods, they were moving things around and putting out Christmas decor. So many cute pillows and comfy blankets, but what really caught my eye were the adorable gnomes! I wanted them all but reminded myself that I have a super-cute gnome stamp set at home… and my husband would probably prefer if I leave it at that!

Gnome for the Holidays Christmas Card by Adriana B at cupandink.com, post includes tips for coloring with Stampin' Blends
Gnome for the Holidays (Stampin’ Up!)

I’ve been meaning to share some coloring tips with you. Stampin’ Up! has a line of alcohol markers that are available in sets of two (light & dark) in a variety of their trademark colors. It’s great to have the two colors already paired for you; that makes it very easy to color without having to wonder which ones go together. But what do you do if you want a little more variation in tone or if you only have one marker? An easy way to add additional color is to use coloring pencils. Any brand will do and it’s amazing how a little detail can add so much to your image.

The shoes were first colored with Smoky Slate light then shading was added with a black pencil to create a little dimension and add shadows.

I used the Shaded Spruce blends for his clothes and hat. They have a good bit of contrast, so I simply colored with the light, added a shadow along the right side with the dark marker, then colored over the area where they meet with the light marker. Then, I colored his nose with the Nude marker, then added a small “c” shaped shadow with a slightly darker colored pencil.

For this guy, I colored his clothes and a few stripes on his hat with the Soft Sea Foam Blends. There wasn’t enough contrast (for me), so I added more shading with a similar colored pencil (Prismacolor 1096). For his beard, I added a little bit of color with the light Smoky Slate and then softened it by gently coloring over it with the Color Lifter. This marker doesn’t erase color, instead it gently diffuses the color by adding alcohol to the paper. It may look a little intense close-up, but here’s the full card again so you can see how it came together.

By the way, if you noted the red mess I made on the ornament above, I tried diffusing the color with the Lifter but it didn’t completely fix my boo-boo. Once the alcohol dried, I used a white gel pen to cover the bleed-out. To finish the card, I die cut a circle from the patterned paper and then stamped my greeting (from this same stamp set) onto a piece of white card stock. These pieces were mounted to a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock which was then added to a card base.

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my card!

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