Working with the "new girls" is so much fun! Today I decided to make them speckled hens by adding dots of white pen over the black and grey marker. Each chook is then fussy cut and adhered to the card with foam tape.
These plucky ladies are the queens of the barnyard and certainly know how to strut their stuff. Perfect for gracing the cards of good friends and fun-loving family members, they're sure to get a chuckle or two at the next birthday gathering.
I use markers on white card stock to get a perfect match when I don't have any card stock in the colour I need. It's a good idea to cut it to size first so you don't waste time and ink on areas that you're just going to cut away.
I know lots of people who would love to receive a big bunch of tools for their birthday or other special occasion. D.I.Y. is everywhere and doing your own renovations and upgrades is definitely the in thing. So of course we need some stamps for that!
Most of the sentiments in this set have been designed for the fabulous guys in your life - sons, uncles, dads, grandfathers - but there are a couple of general sentiments for creating cards and paper craft projects for everyone who loves to swing a hammer.
When I colour a group of items, such as these three roses, I often like to distinguish between them without making them completely different colours. I want to end up with three red roses, but I want them to be subtly different. One way to do this is by adding undertones.
An undertone is simply a base colour that is laid down, before you start colouring, to give a different tone to the end product. You can vary the "temperature" of your image by using "cool" or "warm" undertones... blues and purples are usually "cool", while reds and yellows are generally "warm".
Start by adding three undertone colours to the roses - red, peach and yellow. When using pencils, make sure you use a light touch when adding your layers or the pigment won't lay down evenly.
Now I colour over the top with the same red pencil. You can see the tone still showing through the pigment. As I add layers of colour, the different tones will become more subtle.
Even though I have ended up with three red roses, you can still see a subtle difference, particularly with the front rose which has definite yellow tones.
You can use the same technique for foliage too. In this case, I'm adding a bright yellow green to the new growth and the leaves that are positioned in the front of the image. Light, bright colours appear to come forward, while dark colours recede.
After adding a layer of the same green to all the leaves, you can still see the bright areas where I added the undertone colour. Notice how those areas catch your eye?
This technique works with most colouring mediums, including pencils, paint and markers. (Watercolours are a little different given their unique qualities.) As always, practice makes perfect... and it's always fun to play!
We've got tools, chooks, cakes, fair rides, birthday wishes, thank you greetings and lots more in this month's stamp release... it's definitely a mixed bag of stampy goodness! You'll find a brand new clear stamp set, two new digital stamp sets and one clear to digital release when you pop over to the online store.