I just love the Half Full stamp set. I was really pleased to see it carry over into the new year too. More wine for us to play with.
I posted this project just recently (see here), but wanted to go over some of the details in depth for you.
Here I used the recently launched Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to colour in my feature elements – the wine bottle and glasses.
As these are based on an alcohol solution, you need to use Memento ink to stamp your outline image. This is so as the pigment in that particular ink means the line work wont bleed once you begin colouring over the top. It’s all to do with alcohol vs oil vs water and the combinations that make up these products.
Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Blends come in 12 different colours. There are two shades (a light and a dark) for each hue. Each marker has two tips – a brush end (for blending larger areas) and a fine tip end (for more precision work). There is also a Bronze and Ivory marker and a Colour Lifter to help lighten areas to create more of a realistic depth to your colouring.
There are number of ways you can colour with these types of markers. My preferred way, I think, goes against the grain a little. Well, for larger areas anyway. But I just find this gives me the result I’m looking for…
After stamping my outline image, I add shade with the darker marker first in a thin line.
Next I use my lighter shade to blend that harsh line away, adding the colour to the remaining areas I need it. As you colour over and over the same areas two things happen – 1: the alcohol mixes together to help dissolve that line so that the colour in the image transitions seamlessly, and
– 2: the lighter shade does get a little darker, this makes me think about where I want my highlight to be so I don’t go over that area quite so much.
As the alcohol flood the cardstock, it may make the colour bleed out past the line work. This may make your image look like you need to brush up on your colouring skills again. So to help avoid that and make you look like the colouring pro you are, just stay in from the edges. If you do happen to put on too much colour, or colour goes outside the line, you can lift it away with the Colour Lifter – you may need to go over the area a couple of times, allowing drying time in between.
For finer work, like the glasses on the inside of this card. I found it easier to colour the whole glass in with the lighter shade first, then add a touch of the darker shade to add depth.
I find I hover between these two methods based on the amount of area I am colouring.
I used Vellum for the glass, allowing the woodgrain to show through slightly, giving it an authentic look. I used the Stitched shapes framelit for the sentiment at the top, and layered this with the Layering Oval framelits and some more of that wood textures paper.
Below is a full supply list used on this project.
Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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