In the last posting we discussed how you can use a stamp to create a ghosted or muted tone background. This finished card features the same technique and image used in a very different way!
This time we have taken that same concept in another direction, using 4 white Inchie Squares stamped and colored to become the background for a larger image of a similar subject matter.
Begin by stamping the Lockhart Cherries in a Colander #2077 onto white card stock with Tuxedo black, Memento Ink and set aside.
In this next step you are going to be repeat stamping the Lockhart Itty Bitty Cherries # 3004 using the VersaMagic sage chalk ink as in the previous post only this time over 4 Inchie Squares. The easiest way to do this is to match up the edges of the 4 squares...
and carefully flip them over (backside will now be up) and tape them together. We always keep a roll of blue painters tape around - you don't need to press hard - just make sure that the edges of the squares are flush to one another.
Start stamping in the uppermost left corner and keeping the same angle repeat stamp all over the 4 white Inchie Squares...over the seams and off the edges too! (feel free to create a tape loop to stick all 4 squares to your work surface so the whole thing doesn't move).
Just as in the prior posting, color the images very gently with Prismacolor Pale Sage and Blush Pink.
This is how it will look when you remove the tape from the back!
There are so many different ways that you can apply color and it's fun to experiment. The bowl of cherries were colored with a combination of Copic Markers and Prismacolor pencils. Because the markers are liquid based (alcohol) they absorb into the paper creating overall color. By using these two colors randomly on select cherries it will give a richer, deeper color when you add the pencil over them.
When you add the pencil, in Scarlet Lake and Mulberry, use small rotating motions and not too much pressure. As the pencil meets the paper you will feel a bit of 'tooth' that grabs the color and leaves tiny open spaces (just the opposite of markers). By alternating between the two colors with gentle pressure you can really adjust the subtlety of more burgundy or more red.
Add the two values of green, Prismacolor Chartreuse and Kelly Green.
Create the shadowing/highlighting on the bowl by coloring first overall with BVOO, then from the edges to the 1/3rd with B41, then B23 also from the outside edges inwards and finishing with B41 as a blender in the middle area where the darker color meets the lighter colors.
Carefully cut out the finished image with your choice of 'cutlery'.
Now it's time to put everything together. It's always so difficult to make a choice so we like to gather Inchie Notes card stock and patterned papers that match the colors in the stamped and colored image. Then spend a few minutes mixing and matching until you find one that is pleasing to you!
Believe it or not, there were 16 different options!!
(stay tuned for the next posting where we actually recorded this mix and match process!)