Using your Markers to Color Stamps–You’ve Got This Card with the In Colors

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Happy Friday!  And to everyone here in the US, happy holiday weekend! 

Quick share for you today!  This is one of the cards I initially shared as one of six card ideas using only supplies one could pick out in a new demonstrator starter kit (see them all here).  But I liked how this one turned out so I wanted to give it a little more time in the sun!

I always struggle with how to use really bright papers – like the Cucumber Crush from the new 2015 In Colors – but I found this was a good way to have fun with the bright colors without needing to pull out your sunglasses!

Tips for making this card:

  • When you have bright cardstock that you want to use, you can make it more interesting & mute it down a little bit by stamping over it with the coordinating ink color.  In this case, I used the crosshatch stamp from the You’ve Got This stamp set in the same Cucumber Crush ink to darken it up a little and add some interest to the card.
  • And speaking of which… many people didn’t realize that YES this crosshatch stamp image is INCLUDED with the You’ve Got This stamp set.  So, you get a great background stamp along with the pretty flower image all in one set.

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  • Another way to use those bright colors is coloring directly on your stamp with markers!  The line art image gives you great balance of white and the bright colors which really POP!
  • Color all the parts of the stamp at one time using your markers – in this case I had the In Color Marker set and used the Cucumber Crush for the stem, Watermelon Wonder for the flower head, with the Delightful Dijon for the center of the flower.  Use the brush tip at an angle (don’t try to color with the tip).
  • Oh, and when using light colors next to darker colors… start with the lightest color first!  This will keep from you getting dark ink on the tip of your light color marker if you accidentally go over where you already colored with the dark color.
  • Use the new Triple Banner Punch to make perfect banner ends to your sentiment and pop it up on dimensionals for the finishing touch.

This idea of using stamps to mute your bright cardstock (or just liven up a plain piece) looks great with any color so grab a piece and give it a try! 

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