How to Make Masculine cards with Stamps and Die Cuts

On today’s post I want to share with you an easy way to make masculine cards with stamps and die cuts. I feel like more often than not, I need masculine cards. So when I saw the stamp set Loyal Leaves, I got super excited as I knew this would be a great set for masculine cards..

At the same time, I thought this stamp set would be gorgeous if paired with the Love of Leaves bundle. And in specific with the die set, as it has the large leaves that you can add as embellishments. 

Having stand along die cuts, like these leaves, is awesome as you can make your own embellishments. Therefore these will coordinate perfectly with any of your projects! You can see below how these leaves add the perfect touch to these masculine cards. 

How to make three easy Masculine cards using stamps and dies

Color Combination 

For these masculine cards I wanted to use a nature’s look focusing on the wood pattern from the designer series paper, so I went with browns and the metallic brushed card stock. 

Masculine Cards using stamps and die cuts

Sketches and Details 

A quick tip when making these masculine cards with stamps and dies is to have the die cuts ready, I actually die cut several of them in the colors I thought would go well, so in my case this was int eh metallic brushed card stock as well as the early espresso. 

This always helps to have a visual as you are putting the card together as you can be switching the leaves and see which one you like the best before gluing it onto the card. 

If you have extra leaves at the end, no worries, you can save them in a baggie and used them in a future project. 😉

Masculine Card #1

Sketches to play        How to make three easy Masculine cards using stamps and dies

As usual I used sketches to come up with the card ideas. I always recommend using sketches as these really helps in coming up with card ideas. You can so many variations to a sketch, that you can have an endless list of card designs at your fingertips. 

Believe me, give it a try and you will see how your creativity flows. 

In fact last week we had a challenge on my FB Group and from one simple sketch we made 16 cards!! all looking great and unique!! it was such a great challenge to teach others how to kick-start their creativity!  So definitely give it a try to sketches!

For this card, I wanted to add a partial stamping to the background of the card, and then a simple sentiment.  you can see that then I just embellish the card using the leaves and then a few of the gilded gems. 

Masculine Card #2

Sketches to play        How to make three easy Masculine cards using stamps and dies

On this second card I wanted to make a full stamped background. I used the largest leave from the Loyal Leaves stamp set and then stamped it with Soft Suede.

The tip here is that you need to stamp in three different tones of the same color, and the way you can achieve that is by stamping off on a separate paper and then onto the whisper white card stock, that way you get different tones of the same color. By doing this you will add depth to your background which makes it look even prettier. 

You can watch the video tutorial below to see exactly how to get this look when stamping.

Masculine Card #3

Sketches to play        How to make three easy Masculine cards using stamps and dies

Finally for this masculine card I wanted to get a simpler look and so the background of the cards is a piece of designer series paper without any stamping. and on the focal point I added the leaves.

To add more interest to the card, I stamped the sentiment onto the smaller circle and then added a banner under it. And similar to the last two cards, I added three gilded gems as embellishments. 

Autumn Tutorial BundleIf you liked the cards using these stamp sets then you might want to check out the Autumn Tutorial Bundle! 

This tutorial bundle includes 82 tutorials using all the Fall stamp sets available in the mini catalog currently available! so If you like fall cards you will then love this tutorial!

Compared to my other tutorials, The Autumn Tutorial Bundle is one where all tutorials include written instructions and it comes with both measurements in metric system and imperial system, so that if you are abroad and are interested, it is easier to make these cards. 

Additionally, the measurements in the metric system takes into consideration the A4 cardstock size (8.25″ x 11.75″) and the measuments in the imperial system is for US letter size cardstock (8.5″ x 11″).

You can check all the details about the Autumn Tutorial Bundle in my PDF Store or HERE

The Video Tutorial 

And as mentioned above, if you want to see how to make these cards step by step you can watch the video tutorial below. 

The Supply List

You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my onlline store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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How to make cards using sketches

Have you ever struggle coming up with card ideas? if so, I truly recommend you start using sketches for your next projects. I promise you you will be able create more cards easier and faster than ever before!! 

On this post I will share with you a few tips on how to make cards using sketches, so let’s get started! 

How to make card using sketches 

As I was mentioning above, using sketches has been the easiest way I have found to come up with card ideas every single time.  So if you ever have trouble getting inspiration for your card projects, then I highly suggest you start playing with sketches and you will see how this is a big game changer!

I used to take forever coming up with designs for my card  classes, however now, it only take a couple of hours from coming up with ideas to filming.. so I can crank it up in no time.. this is why I am suggesting you give it a try, because I know it works.

But there are a few things to cover before you can start diving in.. 

You need to select the products you want to use so that when you start playing with sketches you already know what paper can go well with each of the sketches you want to play. 

 

Using sketches for your handmade cards

On the cards today I decided to use the Gilded Autumn designer series paper, as well as the Love of Leaves Bundle which is amazing to play with. This bundle has several leaf dies that are perfect as embellishments for your cards. And to be honest this is a big factor when I am looking at bundles to purchase. It is a big plus if the dies set has stand alone cut outs that can be used as embellishments, as this will make it even easier putting a card together.

Once you have the products you want to use, then its time to select a color combination. 

The Color Combination 

As you can see, I love getting color combinations from the paper I am using. Mainly because everything will color coordinate perfectly. Specially when you are using Stampin’ Up! as their products color coordinate really nice. Plus you can get ink, card stock and embellishments in the same color, so the coordination task is super easy.. You just see which colors are in the patterned paper you want to use and then you pull card stock in the same colors to make the card. That simple! 

Below you can see the colors I selected to use for this card set! 

The Sketches and other details 

Once you have selected the products you want to use and the color combination, then it is time to select sketches to play and start making your cards!! this is the part where the fun starts.. 😉 Believe me you will love how easy it is to make cards when you follow sketches.  

If you want to get ideas for sketches, you can check my Pinterest Board. This is where I save all of my sketches and others that I found to be easy to follow. So if you are ever in need of sketches head over my Sketches Board and pick one of them to play with it for your next card making project!  

Below you will see the sketches I am using and the cards I created with them. 

Handmade Card #1 

sketches to play       Using sketches for your handmade cards

For the first card I used a very simple sketch, which I honestly think are the best. You can modify them in so many ways, that it will help your creativity flow.. 

As mentioned before, I love how the leaves can embellish your card so nicely.. 

One tip to share when you are designing your cards is to die cut several of them in various colors, that way you can add them as needed in your cards, plus they will help . 

Handmade Card #2 

sketches to play       Using sketches for your handmade cards

For this second card I loved the sketch, but instead of adding a circle, I decided to change the shape a leaf, and then I decided it would look really nice if instead I used the negative of the shape for my card. 

I definitely love this look. One think I think made that negative piece pop up, was that I used a solid color card stock and I embossed it. The texture on that card stock really added a lot to the design. 

This is what I was mentioning that using simple sketches makes it easy to change things around and get more creative. 

Handmade Card #3

sketches to play      Using sketches for your handmade cards

Same as with the previous cards, I picked an easy and simple sketch. I loved how this card turned out with the mixed of patterns. And as you can see having the those leaves came very handy to make a cluster to embellish the card. 

Also, I used the thicker of the ribbons from the basketweave and metallic ribbon pack as the banner under the sentiment. This adds a really cool texture to the card, don’t you think?

Hope you have enjoyed the Fall Friendship cards shown today, and even more important that you have see how easy it is to make cards using sketches. Also below I linked the video tutorial, so you can see exactly how these cards were put together and the measurements and colors if you want to recreated them. 😉

Autumn Tutorial Bundle

And if you love making cards for the Fall/Autumn then make sure you check out the Autumn Tutorial Bundle! This is the newest Tutorial released as my PDF STORE

This tutorial bundle includes 82 written tutorials for cards using only Autumn sets from the catalogs!  I know you will get lots and lots of inspiration.

Beieve me! All the cards on the Autumn Tutorial Bundle are amazing and worth to recreate. You might even learn a new technique or a fun fold.

I know you will want to make all the projects on this Tutorial Bundle for this Fall/Autumn season. So make sure you grab your own copy of this amazing resource. 

You can get this tutorial on my PDF STORE HERE.  

The Video Tutorial 

And as promised, if you want to see how to make the cards I showed on this post, then you can watch this video tutorial. On this video you will see step by step of how I made these cards. I am sure you will enjoy it.  Also below you will find the supply list in case you want any of the products used in these cards. You can click at the pictures and these will take you to my online store. 

The Supply List

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Encouragement cards for your loved ones

Kylie Team Blog Hop

Have you been making Encouragement cards for your loved ones? With everything going on in the world I truly believe in the power of our cards and in the power they have when we mail them to our loved ones.. 

We never know what people are going thru, but just the thought of a card bringing joy or a smile in a heavy day is just priceless. 

You could be changing many people’s day just by letting them know you are thinking of them and that you loved them. So as I am writing this to you, I want to encourage you to make some cards just to let those special people know that you are thinking of them. 

And with this in mind, I want to share with you a few card ideas you can make. And even better, I am sharing with you a few tips for your card making. 

Also I want to make sure you know that today I am participating in a Blog hop with an amazing group of demonstrators around the world. Make sure you visit all participating blogs as you will get lots and lots of inspiration.  😉

So without further ado, let’s get started! 

Encouragement Cards for Your Loved Ones 

So for these encouragement cards I wanted to use the Dove of Hope Bundle as well as the Ridiculously Awesome Stamp set, which has my favorite sentiment in the whole catalog.. 

Yes, you are reading this well 😊 This sentiment has become my favorite sentiment ever since this stamp set got released with the annual catalog. Mainly because it goes so well for so many occasions that we are going thru.

For instance right now that the whole world is still shut down and not back to normal a lot of us can feel a bit down.. and this sentiment could let us get back Hope that everything will be fine.  

Or there are times you doubt yourself for anything or everything, and this sentiment could remind you that you can do anything if you let your Faith be bigger than your fears!

Like I said, I believe this sentiment has so much power that I knew I wanted to create a full set of cards just for this sentiment alone! And because to me this sentiment brings back Hope, I thought It would pair perfectly with the Dove of Hope bundle. Specifically the coordinated Detailed Dove Dies.. Don’t you think?

Encouragement Cards for Your Loved Ones 

 

The Color Combination

  For these cards, I wanted a color combination that would bring peace and comfort and not being too bright and cheerful. And when I though of the Dove of Hope I thought that having light shade colors would be perfect!  Don’t you agree?

So here you have it! 

 

The Sketches and Other Details 

On this section you will get the sketches and more details on how to make these beautiful Encouragement cards for your love ones!! And at the end I included the video tutorial as well. 

I am a visual person and know that sometimes it is easier to watch other how a card is made than reading instructions.. So hope this helps.

Handmade Card #1 

sketches to play       Encouragement Cards for Your Loved Ones 

As you can see on this card, I used a very simple sketch. However I feel like this type of sketches opens up to too many possibilities. Mainly because you can add anything you like! 

The white area just indicates a background and this is where you creativity gets in action. You could add:

  • Designer Series Paper a.k.a. patterned paper
  • A stamped background 
  • Watercolor background – like I did in this first card
  • An sponged background – like in my next card
  • Die cuts 
  • A Combination of any of these options! the list is endless 😉

So just let your creativity flow and see where it takes you. For me I knew I wanted to make a background and I decided to do a watercolor swoosh with the water painters.  You could see how I made this on the video tutorial below. 

One tip I would like to share with this card, is to add adhesive sheets on the whisper white from which you would cut the detailed wings. This will help you glue the wings super easy. You could also use the Fine Tip glue pen as well, but I think that the adhesive sheets would be way easier.

Also when you run the die for the detailed wings, do one with the adhesive sheet facing up, and one facing down. That way you can have the wings’s adhesive on the right side for this Dove. 

And finally for the sentiment, I colored the area I wanted to stamp with a marker, and stamp it, then I clean the stamp up and colored the next area I wanted to stamp. This trick will help you get even more looks on your sentiments. 

Also notice, that I did not stamp the word Faith, mainly because I wanted to highlight that word by die cutting it with the Playful Alphabet dies. I added a piece of Foam adhesive sheet to the pool party card stock and run it thru my die cut machine. This made the letters to have dimension and adhesive all at once!! Give it a try! you will love it!! 

Handmade Card #2

sketches to play       Encouragement Cards for Your Loved Ones 

For this second card, It is very similar to the previous card, however this time for the background I decided I wanted to stamp a cloudy sky.

This background used a template you can make with the Happy Dies! from the So much Happy Bundle! I have made several of these cloudy skies and I don’t get tired of it!! It looks really good.. And believe me it is super easy to make.. 

You can watch the video tutorial to see how you can make this background if you are interested. 

For the sentiment, I pretty much did what I explained on the first card, however, I just change placement 😁

Handmade Card #3

sketches to play       Encouragement Cards for Your Loved Ones 

And for this final card, this follows as well a very simple sketch as well!

A few tips to share is to punch the pool party layer close to the right end of the card stock, as I was a bit challenging to fit the dove on the rest of the area, so I would suggest to layer the dove on top to see the space you need and then punch the circle.

Once you have punched out the circle, layer it on top of the Whisper White and stamp the sentiment where the Whisper White shows, that way you have perfect placement of the sentiment. 

As I have been mentioning, make sure you watch the video Tutorial below as you will see exactly how I made thee cards. I know this will help to clear some questions.. but if after seeing the tutorial, you still have questions, let me know. I will be happy to help you 😁

Christmas Card Class

And finally, if you have loved the Dove of Hope, then you might want to check out this card class!!

On this class you will learn how to make Christmas cards using the Dove of Hope Bundle! and start prepping for the holidays!  Cause you know it will be here before we know it. 

This Card Class is the first class out of a Five Christmas Card class series that I launched in August in an effort to help you get ready for the holidays without any overwhelm.  

Every 3 to 4 weeks I will be releasing a Christmas Class so that we all are done by the first week in December and be ready to mail all our cards!!! So keep checking my Tutorial PDF Store often, to see the classes available as I release them.  The second Christmas Card Class is being released next week and it is using the Poinsettia Place suite!! 

The Video Tutorial

As promised here is the video tutorial where I show you exactly how to make all these Encouragement cards!  You will see that all of them are super easy to complete! so give it a try!!!  

Also at the end of this post you will find the full supply list. So if you want to get any of the items I used in  this tutorial, you can click to any of the images on the supply list to go my online store.  As always I appreciate your support!!🥰🥰🥰

Finally I really want to ask you to make encouragement cards for your loved ones!! I know they will smile when they get a beautiful handmade card in their mail box! and who knows you might have brighten someone’s day!

The Blog Hop Line Up

As I mentioned before, this post is part of a blog hop with other demonstrators around the world! Make sure you visit all the blogs participating as you will get lots of inspiration from the awesome projects they are sharing today!

Below you can see the full line up for everyone that is participating in this Blog Hop.

The Supply List

You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my onlline store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support  🥰

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Sponging techniques for handmade cards

Want to learn some sponging techniques for handmade cards? I thought so! This is why today I am sharing with you two techniques to add color to your handmade cards using sponges. 

I will be sharing as well a few tips that will surely make these techniques even easier. But most important you need to promise you will practice them!  Cause the more you use these techniques the easier it will be and the happier you will be with the results you get in your cards!

So let’s get started!

Two Sponging Techniques for Handmade Cards

Like I mentioned at the beginning, I will be sharing two techniques for sponging. The first technique will show you how to make a nice cloudy sky with a template and sponging. And the second technique will show you how to mix colors in the background to have a two tone background. 

Learn two sponging techniques for handmade cards

For these cards I used the new stamp set Ridiculously Awesome which have really big bold sentiments that will be great to showcase with the backgrounds I am making with the sponges. 

As far as the sponges, you can see in the video tutorial below that I use the circle sponges from Stampin Up! and I cut them in pieces. I also attach a piece of cardstock in the color I want to use to the sponge, that way I know which color I am using for each of the sponges. Typically  you can get about 6 pieces from one sponge and the pack comes with 3 round sponges. 

Details and Sketches on these cards 

Handmade Card #1 

sketches to play           Learn two sponging techniques for handmade cards

For the fist card I used the following color combo:

I made a cut out using the Happy dies from the “So Much Happy” Bundle and I used it as a template or stencil if you will. that way it will give me the curve edge of the clouds as I was sponging the background. On this post you can see two Birthday Cards using the same technique!  

The key thing is to move the template into multiple directions and to sponge or add color right before it crosses the color on another cloud. You can see this in more detail on the video tutorial below. 

Also when you are sponging, try to pick up the color from the ink pad with your sponge and then tap a scratch paper with the sponge, to then start sponging the background piece of your handmade card. I would also recommend to do this on a circular motion, and with a light hand, so that the color is smooth. 

Practice is your friend!

On thing I forgot to mention is that you can play with the sentiments and add die cut letters, like I did in this case. I love this sentiment the best and I wanted to highlight the word FAITH by adding die cut letters and popping them up with the new foam adhesive sheets!  I love how this looks!! 

If you are interested in learning how I made this card step by step, make sure you watch the video tutorial below!! 

Handmade Card #2

sketches to play          Learn two sponging techniques for handmade cards

For this second card I use the following color combo:

I decided to use the Dandelion Wishes stamp set for the image in the background, I actually heat embossed it with white emboss powder and then add the color with the sponges. I started first with the lighter color (Pool Party) on top of the embossed image and then apply the daffodil delight. 

Similarly as in the previous card you want to pick up the color from the ink pad with your sponge and take some of the color by dabbing the sponge into a scratch paper. After that you can then start applying color to the background of the card in a circular motion and with a light hand, that way you get a smooth layer of color. 

Also when applying the second color, you would need to blend the area where both colors meet, that way it will have a nice transition from one to another. 

Handmade Card #3

sketches to play          Learn two sponging techniques for handmade cards

For this last card the color combo I used is the following: 

 This card is very similar to the last card, where I heat emboss an image from the dandelion wishes stamp set and then add color on top of the emboss image with sponges. However this time I change the sketch and the color combination!!! 

I love this technique a lot more as you can play with lots of color combinations, and be even more creative. For instance you can do a monochromatic background just by playing with shades of the same color.. Give it a try and I know you will enjoy it!  

So just play with it and make the same cards using different color combos!! would love to see what you create with this technique!

The Video Tutorial 

If you want to see step-by-step instructions on how to make these cards, friend! I have you covered! 

You can watch the video tutorial below so you can see exactly how I put together these cards, you will get so many tips just from watching it!

The Supply List

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How to change sketches for card making

One Sketch, Three Different Cards!

Hi there, I am super excited with today’s cards that I will be sharing with you how to change your sketches for card making. In this post I am sharing the same card however each one is a step up from the previous one. I know you will enjoy seeing the progression on these cards. 

As I have been saying lately, I love using sketches to come up with ideas for my card making projects. It seriously helps me a ton when trying to get into my creative zone! If you want to read more about my process in using sketches make sure you read this post!

And for this post I wanted to share one simple sketch (which you know I LOVE!) and then pair it with using the same supplies and then show you how you can change them a little bit! This process is what brings my creative mojo back every single time!! so lets get started!

how to change sketches for card making

The Sketch 

The sketch I am using today is not a new one, in fact I shared it a few weeks ago with my Thank you cards!

sketches to play

You will see that I modified this sketch with every card that I made, but also I used the same elements on all cards so these cards look like a set. 

Please note that on this sketch, I added a focal point on the white rectangle of  this sketch. For two of the cards this is a bouquet of flowers and for one it is the coordinating designer series paper. So you can see how by changing elements on the focal point you come up with cards that look different, though you are using the same sketch and the same element. 

Additionally you will see that the first card is simple, while in the second card I incorporated a fun fold. The last card, though it looks the simplest of the three is actually a pop-up card! So make sure you watch the video tutorial to see this card in action. 

The Color Combination 

As usual I decided the use the color combination from the designer series paper which is honestly is the easiest way to come up with color combinations. 

Next you will see each the cars with some of the details and more information about what changed on the sketch for each of the cards that are shown on this post. 

Handmade card # 1 

how to change sketches for card making

For this fist card, I mainly modify the size of the rectangles, making the focal point smaller than the sketch. 

As mentioned before the bouquet of flowers are the main focal point, and I added designer series paper on the background. 

For the flowers, I colored them using alcohol markers  – stampin’ blends following the same color combination as the the designer series paper. After coloring the flowers, I cut out this image using scissors. 

And to embellish this card I added a bow to the base of the bouquet. 

 

Handmade Card # 2

how to change sketches for card making        Learn how to make this fun fold card

For this second card, I incorporated a fun fold, which as you can see it is an easy one. Same as with the last card I made a bouquet of flowers for the main focal point. I used the same designer series paper and colored the flowers exactly the same way as the previous one. 

So when you are using sketches see how you can incorporate to a fun fold, you will see that the card looks totally different just by doing that.  

To learn how to make this fun fold make sure you watch the video tutorial on this post. 

Handmade card # 3 

how to change sketches for card making       learn how to make an easy pop up card

For this last card, you can see that the card front follows best the sketch, not many changes other than adding a bow. However, the inside of this card is the one that would add the WOW factor as it is a pop up card!

This pop up card is an easy one to make! and you can see I added the same bouquet of flowers as the pop up element. 

You can see how to construct this pop up card on the video tutorial below. I promise you will want to make a lot of this type of cards, there are not fancy dies involved, you just need scissors and that is it!  

The Video Tutorial 

As mentioned before, below is the video tutorial where I will share with you how to color the flowers using alcohol markers, as well as how to make the fun fold and the pop up card! I promise you, both of these cards are extremely easy and you will be able to make them without any problem.  

The Supply List

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Coloring with Alcohol Markers

Joy of Sets Blog Hop

Have you been intimidated with the thought of coloring with alcohol markers? if this is you, then keep reading as I will be sharing with you how to color without any fuss.

Also please know that Today I am participating in “The Joy of Sets” blog hop and this month’s theme is Splish Splash, which is great for Summer. So you will get tons of great ideas to get you inspired and hopefully crafting. Please make sure you visit all the blogs participating on this hop. I know you will enjoy!  So let’s get started!

Coloring with Alcohol Markers made Easy 

Based on our theme I decided to share the cards I made with a beach theme. In this case I used the Seaside Notions stamp set from Stampin’ Up! for the cards you see below! 

Coloring with alcohol markers can be easy!

So let’s start talking about how to color with alcohol markers! But first things first, we need to go over a few things you need to have handy. 

  • A line image stamp, like the one I show for these cards
  • Memento Ink
  • Alcohol Markers – in my case I used Stampin’ Blends from Stampin’ Up!
  • Good Quality of White Card stock – I recommend the Whisper White from Stampin’ Up!

NOTE – Please note that you want to have two shades of the colors you pick for your alcohol markers, this is so that you can make some shading or blending with them. Below the list of colors I used in my cards. 

  • Petal Pink (light/dark)
  • Calypso Coral (light/dark)
  • Crumb Cake (light/dark)
  • Soft Suede (light/dark)
  • Pool Party (light/dark)
  • Bermuda Bay (light)

As you can see not only did I picked the light and dark shades of the Stampin’ blends, but also another color that would be in the same type of color family.  In this case  Petal Pink with Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake with Soft Suede, and finally Pool Party with Bermuda Bay. This will allow you to get even more dept in your color, as you will see on the video tutorial that I share later on in this post. 

Process to Color with Alcohol Markers 

So here is the process to color with alcohol markers, when you follow these steps you will see how easy this gets. Please know that the more you practice the easier it gets! I promise you give it a try and you will see how you will be improving with each piece that you color. 

Also at the beginning of your coloring journey you might want to do some samples to see which colors look great together, and if you like the color combinations, that way you will start building an eye for colors and color combos. You will get that savvy-ness to know exactly how things will look like, even before you color your images 😉

Step by Step Process

  1. Stamp the image using Memento Ink – This is super important –  since you are using alcohol markers you want to use a water base ink pad, other wise when you start coloring you will smudge or pull the black color from the image into your coloring. 
  2. Add a light hand of color to the image using the light shade of the alcohol markers.  DO NOT saturate the image, this is a light hand of color – in the images I am showing today, the image is in one color, however there are images that have sections that you might want in different colors, so you would follow these steps for each section of your image.  
  3. Add darker lines with the darker alcohol marker in areas where you want to accentuate color, or add a shadow. You could use the lines on your stamped image or you can add your own. For the images in these cards, I followed the lines of the stamp itself to add darker highlights. However, you could also follow my simple rule of seeing what is on top of something in the image and then add color to the thing that is under. 
  4. Go back with the lighter alcohol maker and in a circular motion start to blend the darker line with the lighter color, so it looks like a gradient going from light to dark. I would recommend to do the blending towards the middle of the image and avoid over saturating the edge of the images, as this could lead to some bleeding, meaning color moving outside the lines.

Once you are done blending, see if the image looks like you wanted, if you need to add a bit more of the dark color you can repeat steps 3 and 4 until your image looks how you wanted it. 

Also remember it is always better to go from light to dark as you can add more color. However, it is harder if you want to remove the color.  

Thinking of you card #1 

Coloring with alcohol markers can be easy!

 Following the steps I shared above, I colored the sea horse with Calypso Coral, the shell with the star with Crumb Cake and the larger shell with Petal Pink.

You could add little of the Calypso Coral (light shade) to the larger shell to add a bit more of color.

I cut the images and glued them down onto the stamped circle that I used for the background of these images.

 

 

Thinking of you card #2 

Coloring with alcohol markers can be easy!

For this second card I followed as well the same process for coloring with alcohol markers. 

I colored the sea horse with Pool Party and then added the light shade of the Bermuda Bay to make it a bit darker. 

Then I colored the shell with the star with Crumb Cake, And the other shells with the Crumb cake but I added Soft Suede to make them a bit darker and make them look different. Make sure you watch the video tutorial to see how to color with multiple shades.  

And if you are wondering about the background, I used watercolor to add the blue-ish color. The paper has to be watercolor paper to have this effect, you just color the background and then once it dries, you add some droplets of water and dry it with a paper towel so it removes the color on the areas where the water was. 

The Video Tutorial 

Here is the video tutorial where I show you step by step how to make these cards. On this video I show you how I colored all the images using the process I described above. 

Also if you are interested in getting the supply list for all the products I used you can click here 

Finally as I mentioned at the beginning, this post is part of a blog hop. You can go to next the blog post by clicking on the image below. I know you will enjoy the projects shown in this blog hop!

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