Coloring Techniques with Blends Alcohol Markers & Colored Pencils

Today’s project features the Country Home Stamp Set and Tin Tile Embossing Folder with various coloring techniques. Tools used include, blends alcohol markers, watercolor pencils and a blender pen.

This project is one of my three September/October Free Card Kits. Place a qualifying order through my Online store and you’ll get kits in the mail for free! The dry embossing and all the cutting are done for you too!!

Handmade card with various coloring techniques. Features blends alcohol markers, watercolor pencils and a blender pen with the Country Home Stamp Set and Tin Tile Embossing Folder.

I don’t know that I’ve ever played with all these different coloring techniques, all on one project.

Honestly, coloring techniques have never really been my thing, but with the introduction of the Blends Alcohol Markers I’m more motivated than ever to play with these types of techniques and tools. The outcome is so gratifying and worth the effort!

So you may be wondering, why I chose to use all these different coloring tools in one project.

Well it all comes down to finding the best way to get the range of colors on my image that I wanted. The image is stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock to that significantly effect how the colors show up on the paper. The colors tend to be muted when coloring on the Crumb Cake.

Handmade card with various coloring techniques. Features blends alcohol markers, watercolor pencils and a blender pen with the Country Home Stamp Set.

Here are some of the reasons that I used the various coloring tools for specific elements:

  • For the cotton images the only way to get the pure white was to use the White Watercolor Pencil.
  • I brought in the Blender Pen because it’s especially good for blending with the watercolor pencils so that you don’t see the lines and texture from the pencil marks.
  • On the cotton, I used the light and dark Soft Suede Blends Alcohol Markers to give them a softer, more multi-dimensional look.
  • The little yellow “berries” were colored with the Daffodil Delight watercolor pencil. This gave me a brighter yellow than if I’d used an alcohol marker here.
  • For the foliage I wanted a bright green and the Granny Apple Green blends was the perfect choice.
  • The watering can is the largest image here with the most blending possibilities. As a result, using the Blends Alcohol markers just made sense. I’ve created two version of my focal piece that you’ll see below showing different ways to color specific elements. The most obvious difference is on the watering can.

 

Handmade card with various coloring techniques. Features blends alcohol markers, watercolor pencils and a blender pen with the Country Home Stamp Set and Tin Tile Embossing Folder.

There are three differences between the focal pieces above.

The first is on the watering can, the second is in how the cotton elements were completed and the third is how the two large flowers were colored.

  • As you can see in the photo above, I did NOT use the color lifter on the focal piece on the left but I did use it on the right. The color lifter gives it so much texture and sort of makes it look old and warn.
  • I also used the color lifter just a tiny bit on the cotton images for the focal piece on the right, but NOT the left. Can you see how the light soft suede on the cotton is more blended with the white, than on the focal piece on the right?
  • Last but not least, the two largest flowers were colored differently on these two focal pieces. The one on the left just uses the light and dark Cajun Craze Blends markers. The version on the right uses a combination of a watercolor pencil, blender pen and alcohol markers. While I really like the way the version on the left turned out I wanted to try a different approach to try to get a brighter look. The flowers on the right use a combination of all the coloring techniques shown today.

Here are my two finished cards side by side:

Handmade card with various coloring techniques. Features blends alcohol markers, watercolor pencils and a blender pen with the Country Home Stamp Set and Tin Tile Embossing Folder.

Video Tutorial for this card:

If you enjoyed this video and watched it here on my site please jump on over to my YouTube channel so you can Like, Share and Subscribe to my channel. I would so appreciate it!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post today and have learned something new about the various coloring techniques and tools shown. There’s a complete supply list and project dimensions included ahead for your convenience.

If you’re interested in getting Free Card Kits in the mail click HERE to check out the details and/or click HERE to shop in my Online Store.

Thanks so much for spending some time with me today. Come back soon!

Happy Crafting friends!

Melissa 🙂

 


More Going On Now…

World Card Making Day SALE going on NOW!

  • Sale goes from 10/1/18  to 10/7/18
  • Select products @ 10% Off during this promotion!
  • Click HERE to see a PDF of the items on sale.

Stamparatus Accessories NOW Available!

  • Items will be available for customers to order starting TODAY, 10/1/18
  • There will be a variety of accessories available plus another Stamparatus related product coming out later this year! 
  • Click HERE to check out these new products!

Creative Escape Day Coming In October!… There may be an Online Offering too.

  • SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 10/27/18 from 10am to 10pm!

Click HERE to Shop Now

Current Hostess Code:

QXVXYVCR

Click Below to see the 2018 Holiday Catalog PDF

2018 Holiday Catalog by Stampin' Up!

 

Click Below to see the 2018 – 2019 Annual Catalog PDF

Stampin' Up! AnnualCatalog 2018-2019

Use the current hostess code to get Free Card Kits, and other perks with your qualifying purchases!

Not sure how to apply the Hostess Code? Click HERE to learn more.


Project Dimensions:

  • Card Body in Soft Suede: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
  • Soft Suede Embossed Layer: 3-3/4″ x 5″
  • Blackberry Bliss Layer: 2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
  • Crumb Cake Focal: 2″ x 3-3/4″
  • Cajun Craze Strip: 15/16″″ x 3-3/4″
  • Granny Apple Green Strip: 1″ x 3-1/2″
  • Very Vanilla Inside Piece: 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″

Product List

Tags:

About Me Page

I am a seeker of that crazy, excited feeling that comes when you've created something that’s unique, beautiful and expresses who you are in some small way. It’s like making a new discovery, when you find a unique combination of color, layout, dimension and texture. I call it a creative spark and it makes me giddy! Through sharing and teaching I hope to help others find this amazing feeling of creative bliss!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Posts

How to make a floating strips card!

November 19, 2022
Posted in ,
Learn how to make a floating strips card with the gorgeous Fitting Florets designer paper and Framed Florets Bundle by Stampin' Up!

It is actually very easy to make a floating strips card, even though it might not have looked that way in my video! LOL! In my recent Facebook Live video, I shared how to make a floating strips card with the gorgeous Fitting Florets designer paper and Framed Florets Bundle by Stampin’ Up! For this […]

FREE Stamp Set Black Friday Offer!

November 19, 2022
Posted in
Shop with Melissa's Crafting Treehouse

Check out my Black Friday Offer! Get a *FREE STAMP SET from me valued at $18 or less when you do the following: Note: If you placed an order on 11/15 and your order was less than $75, you can place another order to bring your merchandise amount to $75 or more in total so […]

November 2022 Color Challenge & Blog Hop

November 7, 2022
Posted in ,
Today's Floating Elements cards were made for the November 2022 Color Challenge and Blog Hop. They're simple and fun to make!

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop and November 2022 Color Challenge! If you’ve already started the blog hop you should be coming from the talented Sue Vine‘s blog post. If you’ve just joined in, make sure to do the full hop and see all the wonderful projects created by the Color Fusers Design team! The […]

Greeting Card Design with Graceful Tiles & More

November 5, 2022
Posted in ,
My Graceful Tiles greeting card design features a layout that was CASED from my Simple Suite Stampers Tutorial Bundle Storybook Gnomes card.

Today I’m featuring a greeting card design made with the layout used for my October 2022 Simple Suite Stampers Tutorial Bundle project. Each month, the Simple Suite Stampers design team publishes a tutorial bundle focusing on a particular theme. The October theme was the Storybook Gnomes suite of products. I made three variations of my […]

How to create colorful tags with linen specialty paper!

October 15, 2022
Posted in ,
Learn how to make lots of colorful tags with the linen specialty paper and blends alcohol markers by Stampin' Up!

In today’s post, I’ll share how to make lots of colorful tags with Linen Specialty Paper and Blends Alcohol Markers! Last month I was working feverishly to earn the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip to Norway. One of the ways I was able to earn the trip (YES, I reach my goal) was by selling 49 […]

October 2022 Color Challenge & Blog Hop

October 3, 2022
Posted in ,

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop and October 2022 Color Challenge! If you’ve already started the blog hop you should be coming from the talented Sue Vine’s blog post. If you’ve just joined in, make sure to do the full hop and see all the wonderful projects created by the Color Fusers Design team! The […]

Fun with Glue Resist Art!

October 1, 2022
Posted in ,
Do you want to have some serious fun making glue resist art? If so, check out these three unique projects that are so easy to make!

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing some crazy fun with what I’m calling glue resist art. I’ve been playing with adhesives of various kinds lately and I’ve been having so much fun thinking of non-traditional ways of using them. In fact, I have a class dedicated precisely to Creative Play with Adhesives. At the end […]

Get this Amazing Adhesives Essentials Pack Deal!

September 27, 2022
Posted in
adhesives essentials pack

Have you purchased your adhesives essentials pack yet? It includes 5 must-have adhesives at a 15% DISCOUNT. Your adhesives essentials pack will include an adorable white canvas pouch that you can decorate and each will come with a unique decorated linen tag. Plus, when you buy this Adhesives Essentials Pack you’ll get a 29-page PDF […]

Coloring Autumn Leaves – It’s Easy & Fun with Designer Paper!

September 24, 2022
Posted in ,
Today's tutorial bundle project features coloring autumn leaves using Blends Alcohol Markers and the Rustic Harvest Designer Paper.

Today I’m featuring my September 2022 Simple Suite Stampers Tutorial Bundle project which includes coloring autumn leaves. For this project, I’ve used Blends Alcohol Markers and the Rustic Harvest Designer Paper. I love fall colors so coloring autumn leaves is something I really enjoy! Plus, it’s so easy with Alcohol Markers and black and white […]

Unique Christmas Cards with the Lights Aglow Suite

September 17, 2022
Posted in ,
Check out these unique Christmas cards made with the Lights Aglow suite & some unusual techniques for using adhesives in your paper crafting.

In today’s post, you’ll see two unique Christmas Cards that feature the Lights Aglow suite and some fun and unusual techniques! The techniques I’m featuring today include some “out of the box” ways to use adhesives. I’ll be using a foam adhesive sheet and multipurpose liquid glue to create my two unique Christmas cards. The […]

6 Quick Cards with Paper Scraps!

September 13, 2022
Posted in ,
Learn how to use your scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing some projects made with my “card salad” paper scraps. Are you wondering what “card salad” is? In case you’re not familiar with the term, it’s what I call the leftover paper scraps from a creative card-making session. When I create I almost always experiment and play with various color […]

September 2022 Color Challenge & Blog Hop

September 5, 2022
Posted in ,
My September 2022 Color Challenge project features the Framed Occasions Stamp Set, and Beautiful Shapes dies with a beautiful set of colors.

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop and September 2022 Color Challenge! If you’ve already started the blog hop you should be coming from the talented Janneke Dijkstra de Jong blog post. If you’ve just joined in, make sure to do the full hop and see all the wonderful projects created by the Color Fusers […]