I promised yesterday that I would talk about my coloring technique. First I have to say I've never used Copics or Spectrum Noirs. I find the cost to be high on these but I do like the look that other people are able to get with them. I may eventually try them but for now I'm sticking with my watercolor pencils.
So years ago when I was a Stampin' Up Rep, I learned to color with watercolor pencils. Their technique was to use a blending pen. For a long time I did that but was never 100% satisfied with the results as they sometimes "ran" to much over the lines. The brushes on the blending pens were to think for me as I like a very fine line to work with. So what to do? I researched some different techniques and found the one I currently use and I love the results now. Instead of water I use odorless mineral spirits and stumps. It's a little more time consuming but I get crisp clean lines that don't run and I think the colors are just as brilliant. Blending colors on top of colors works well too! You know, like for shadowing and highlighting. So here's a couple of still pics that show the difference in blender pens v. spirits.
Here you see three color choices after using each: (click to enlarge)
So last night I managed to finish 3 more cards. I used two images from Dearie Dolls again. I think they turned out really cute! One of the images I used twice on two different card types.
Bearly Mine Designs BG Paper
Blue Reflections CS
Dear Dolls Girl w/Tree
Blue satin ribbon from stash
Bakers Twine from Pick Your Plum
Snow Flakes from Michael's
Hunter Green, Olive Green, Shimmer Green, Brown and White Reflections CS
Yellow DCWV Glitter CS cut on the Cricut for words
MS Branch Punch for tree foliage
Decoart Texture Fine in white for snow
Dearie Dolls Girl w/Tree
Hunter Green, Olive, and White Reflections CS
JBaechtold Winter Jubilee BG Paper
Anita's Digital Designs - Christmas Holly BG Paper
Auntie Social Sasy Christmas BG Paper
White Poinsettia from Michael's
Dearie Dolls Christmas Tree Girl
Sentiment Stamp I've had for years and don't remember what company it came from
Green and White Glitter
Well that's it for now, maybe I'll introduce you to the two that made me color out of the lines next time!