Monday, September 7, 2015

Coloring Outside the Lines

I should be writing.  I really should.  But it's Labor Day and, somehow, it's a good excuse to sit at my craft table and play the day away.  (Hey...that rhymes.  Counts as creative writing in my book!)

This week's challenge at Heart2Heart is "Coloring."  I decided to use a technique I learned from an Online Card Class called "Stretch Your Stamps 2" to do a little "outside the lines" coloring.

Here's the supply list (all CTMH):

Stamps: Shower Flowers, Doodled Designs, Finding the Words
Ink: Cotton Candy, Hollyhock, Ruby, Topiary, Pear, Black Archival

To get the color variations and watercolor look of this, the technique requires solid images stamped and twisted slightly on glossy paper. I used a paintbrush and watered down Pear ink to fill in the light green.  The pink splotches were done by flicking watered down Ruby ink with a paintbrush.

I drew my lines--which I'm calling coloring--with the fine tip end of a Sharpie Marker.  For the fun of it, I altered the smooth edges of the largest flowers by drawing jagged edges.

This is a very free-form kind of coloring. It's almost impossible to make a mistake, but if you don't like what you come up with, it's only paper!!

After I had stamped and colored my flowers, I trimmed the panel to 4x5.25 and stamped the circle from Doodled Designs off the edge. I trimmed out the center, laid it over the card base, and used it as the guide for stamping my sentiment.  I can't actually draw, so I love how the doodled circle effortlessly builds on the free-form drawing theme.'s gorgeous outside.  I think I'll use "we aren't going to have many more days like this" as my next excuse to avoid writing.

Until next time,


  1. Very pretty! I love the bright colors.

  2. Stunning card, Becca! And I just love the technique, thanks for introducing it to me! Glad you linked up with us at Heart2Heart!

  3. Love this technique! On a side note: I can't wait for the release of The Cowboy's Bride Collection! That is right down my alley!

  4. Another Becca Masterpiece! I am so glad you explained how you created this card! I will attempt to copy, but I know already mine will fall short of this one! It's just stunning!

  5. I an so glad you explained what you did to create this card - I can't wait to try this myself. Your card is absolutely stunning! Just GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing your talents with us at Heart 2 Heart.

  6. So pretty. I have done this style before. It is a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing with us at Heart 2 Heart.

  7. WOW, I love the colours, so stunning and the bright pink just pops! Great job! Thanks for playing along with Heart 2 Heart Challenges (H2H)!

    Brandi R
    DT member H2H

  8. Oh wow! I so love what you did with this! It looks fabulous! Thank you for playing with us at Heart 2 Heart!


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