Miss You Col­or­ing In­struc­tions

CardMaker - - Card-Making Techniques - De­sign by Sara Nau­mann

1. Color en­tire large flower with PP5 (Photo 1); color cen­ter and mid­dle sec­tion with BP2 (Photo 2).

2. Color cen­ter and out­side petals of medium flower with PP5. Color mid­dle sec­tion with BP2.

3. Color three smaller flow­ers with BP2 and PP5, outer petals with BP2, mid­dle sec­tions with PP5 and flower cen­ters with BP2.

4. Color tiny flow­ers with PP5.

5. Color leaves with CG4 and CG2; use CG4 for out­lines and CG2 for in­ner ar­eas and clus­ter of leaves at top right and bot­tom left of pic­ture. Color cen­ter of large blos­som with CG2. Color un­opened buds on leaves with CG2. 6. Color out­side border BP2 and scal­lops PP5. Color in­side of each scal­lop with CG2.

Assem­bly In­struc­tions

1. Form a 5 x 61/4-inch card from white card­stock. Cover card front with teal card­stock.

2. Trim col­ored fo­cal piece. Ad­here to black card­stock; trim a small border. Ad­here to card. 3. Punch smaller cir­cle from white card­stock. Stamp “miss you” on cir­cle. Punch larger cir­cle from black card­stock; ad­here white cir­cle to black. Ad­here to card with foam tape.

4. Tie 6 inches of ging­ham rib­bon into bow; ad­here to stamped cir­cle.

Col­or­ing Tech­nique #2: Col­ored Pen­cils

Col­ored pen­cils are per­fect for soft, gen­tle col­or­ing— they work beau­ti­fully with just about any im­age, es­pe­cially del­i­cate flo­rals. As with pens, you can shade and add ex­tra em­pha­sis with lay­ers of pen­cil strokes. Make a mis­take? You can still erase way­ward lines. Even bet­ter, pen­cils are an in­ex­pen­sive option and easy to find at your lo­cal craft store.

A few tips: Hold the pen­cil at an an­gle to add a first layer of color to your im­age. Use the pointed tip of the pen­cil to trace de­tails. A pen­cil is also ideal for very small and de­tailed por­tions of a de­sign, like bor­ders. Keep a sharp­ener nearby and those de­tailed ar­eas will be easy to color.

Col­or­ing Tech­nique #3: Aqua Mark­ers

De­tail col­or­ing is great for cards, but here’s a fun wet tech­nique to try too. Aqua mark­ers are de­signed to in­ter­act with wa­ter, which means you can color an im­age, and then dif­fuse it with a spritz of wa­ter for a soft, water­color ef­fect.

Be­cause the ink will bleed, it’s great for those who feel ner­vous about stay-in-the-lines de­tail col­or­ing.

Col­or­ing Tech­nique #4: Pig­ment Stamp Pads

Here’s a fun no-de­tail col­or­ing tech­nique: Sim­ply use your col­orist back­ground as a ba­sis for bray­er­ing with stamp­ing ink.

Pig­ment inks of­fer rich color, yet the crisp lines and bold black of the printed sheet won’t get dulled be­neath the ink. Cover the sheet with clear em­boss­ing pow­der and you have a shiny, tac­tile card top­per that can be eas­ily em­bel­lished with gem­stones and rib­bon.

Pig­ment inks work best for this tech­nique as they roll smoothly across the col­or­ing sheet and stay

wet long enough to em­boss.

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