Hello stamping friends! Leah here today with some tips on how you can get more out of your outline images by coloring on colored cardstock. For my samples today I chose to use Copic markers but I think it would work well with colored pencils as well. By selecting a light colored cardstock to stamp and color on you have your highlight color already, even before you start coloring! Let me show you what I mean.

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Outlined images that don’t have a lot of detail are best for this technique as you will be using the colored cardstock as one of your colors. For my first card I pulled out Sun Ripened Pear and several green Copic markers. I stamped the pear in Memento ink and started coloring my leaves.

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I started by using my lightest green and only coloring part of the leaf. Where I thought highlights might be I left just the cardstock uncolored. Over the top of the lightest green I layered a darker green and then my darkest green, again not covering anymore of the cardstock. To get them to all blend and soften edges I went over the whole leaf with my colorless blender. The cardstock will look wet but not to worry once it dries it will go back to the uncolored cardstock color.

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I did these same steps for each leaf.

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For the pear I did the same method but didn’t leave as much of the cardstock color uncolored. It still affects your coloring though as the  colors of the cardstock and markers do play off each other. I finished my pear with a gray outline to set it apart from the background. For my base panel I heat embossed the outlined pear image in white.

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This technique also works great for flowers and butterflies which I used in my next card.

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This time I used Australian Nature 1 and a light pink cardstock. I did the same method as described above for my butterfly and flowers.

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See the initial hard edges you get on the left wing? After you add your second layer of color and then blend with the colorless blender they soften and you get a nice graduated color with the lightest color being your cardstock as with the wing on the right.

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For the orchids I added yellow centers and then some gray shading which you can see on the left side but I hadn’t done it yet to the right.

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And here is my completed card. The sentiment is from the Sun Ripened Pear set.

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I hope you enjoyed this technique and maybe you’ll give it a try! I’d love to hear what you think and thanks so much for joining me!

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Sun Ripened Pear

Australian Nature I

Fancy Labels 1

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