Coloring Inside the Lines!

Happy Friday, my friend. This week sure went quickly, didn’t it? I don’t yet feel like I’m back on schedule from the holidays, but I’ll get there.

I’ve been working on setting some goals this year. I try to keep my goals easy and doable. My most important goal is to go to bed by 10pm on weeknights and 11pm on weekends. We’ll see how I do! It’s my hardest goal since I’m such a night owl (at 9pm I usually feel my most creative) but if I don’t get my sleep, I have no energy. We need energy to create, right? Who can make a card if we’re bone tired?

Shoot me an email (rinastamps@gmail.com) or comment below and let me know if you’re working on any goals. I’d love to be inspired and learn from you!

The Coloring Craze

Have you caught the coloring craze? I sure have. I have two little girls and we love to color together. We have the adult coloring books and their favorite activity is to sit with me and color. When I saw the coloring book inspired paper for Sale-A-bration, I was thrilled. I can now do both at the same time!

Handmade card using the "Inside the Lines" Sale-A-Bration paper by Stampin' Up!

Coloring the Card

Since I love coloring, I wanted my card to feature the new paper. I therefore designed the card so the paper would fill it almost entirely. However, before I could get started, I needed to learn how to use the paper.

Playing with the Paper

Before diving in, I first grabbed a piece of scrap paper. (I’ve been burned so many times that I’ve learned my lesson!) I tried different techniques:

Handmade card using the "Inside the Lines" Sale-A-Bration paper by Stampin' Up!

  1. Watercoloring with an AquaPainter. I really wanted this technique to work since I love using the AquaPainter. It’s so fast and makes a great results. However, the Aqua Painter didn’t work so well on this paper. Watercoloring is best done on paper specially designed for holding water, so my results weren’t anything I’d post. LOL.
  2. Coloring with a Marker. Next I tried using my regular markers to color the images. However, for me, I felt the results were too dark.
  3. Using a Sponge Dauber. Here’s where I hit a home run! The flowers on the paper were large, and I didn’t want to be coloring them forever, so the sponge dauber worked GREAT. The result is beautiful and it was fast, too!
  4. Using a Blender Pen. After coloring in the large flower successfully with the sponge dauber, I had some smaller leaves to color in. I used a Blender Pen with them and the result was stunning!

The two winning techniques for me: Sponge Daubers and Blender Pens. I haven’t yet ordered the watercolor pencils, but I know they’ll be GREAT, too!

When I was done, I put a sheet of vellum over the entire paper to soften it a bit. It’s like a facelift for paper!

Happy weekend! I hope you give this paper a try. Let me know what techniques worked for YOU!

Love,
Rina

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: None!
Ink: Rose Red, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Inside the Lines DSP, Vellum
Other: Hello You Thinlits, Rhinestones, Layering Squares framelits (for the scallop), Doilies

Comments

  1. DIANNE Wallace says:

    Thank you for the great tip on using sponge daubers. I had not thought of using them on a larger area, I usually use them on edges. I used the watercolor pencils at “On Stage” and loved them. I just ordered them this week and can’t wait to see the big brown truck out front. If you enjoy watercoloring whether with a Aquapen or Blender pen, you will really enjoy the WC pencils. Happy Stamping!

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