Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Whimsical Wednesday Guest Designer

Hi ya everyone!
  Stephanie at Always Crafting has a weekly challenge called Whimsical Wednesday.  Stephanie hosts with good friend and amazing crafter Jess over at My Scrap Diary.  This week they asked me to participate in their new challenge - use a stamp and any coloring technique you would like.  I am very honored that they would ask me to share my favorite coloring technique with you!  I chose this cute Mo Manning stamp called Step Sisters.  It reminds me of my two girls so I decided to use this for my coloring technique - Copic markers.  I just started using Copics in May and love them so much.  I am not Copic Certified however and it might be something I will eventually want to do.  However, I'll go into a few tricks I use to color my images. 

I typically start with three markers - sometimes they are in the same range for instance the pink dress on the older sister is colored using RV21, RV23, and RV25.  I always start with the lightest color RV21 and cover the whole image, then I take the next one RV23 and color the shadow region, then I go over this area with my RV25 then again with RV 23 blending into the lighter areas, then lastly with my light color again.  Often times I will return to the image with an even darker shade - R29 and do some extra shadowing to really make the color pop. 
I used my nestable and cut out the image and place the girl on this little tag envelope I made using my Gypsy and Tags, Bags, Boxes and More - layering them on some cute paper from American Crafts.  I cut out letters from the word sister from the cartridge Nursery Rhymes and layered those on the tag part of the card.  I then threaded a cute crinkle ribbon through both and tied them together. 

You have to check out Stephanie and Jess's projects.  Each used a different technique to color their stamps and they are just amazing.  They are so very adorable and just to temp you a bit - here are some sneak peaks!

Now, head on over to Always Crafting and join in on the fun!  Use any technique for coloring that you would like - just remember to use a stamp and enter!!!
Thanks for checking out my blog!


  1. Had a bit of catching up to do here, chickie! What wonderful stuff! These little gals just crack me right up! Fabulous coloring and super adorable card! xxD

  2. Oh, this is sooo cute! That image is adorable and your coloring superb. I can't believe you've only been using copics for a few months because your coloring is always fantastic.

  3. Oh my word this card is adorable!! How cute is that darling image?! and your lesson in coloring was very helpful! In fact, it is making me think that after the holidays I may just have to invest in some Copics!!
    Barb :)

  4. These two little ones are so stinken cute, and of course you make them even cuter with your awesome coloring. I love everything about your tag. Thanks for the great coloring tips, and beautiful tag. So glad you agreed to be the guest designer this week:)


  5. Beautiful coloring and gorgeous card Melissa!!

  6. This is so cute but those little girels look a little cranky! LOL

  7. Beautiful! Your coloring is gorgeous

  8. I love this tag!! The coloring is amazing as always!!! and I love the little girls. It reminds me of me and my sister.
    Thanks so much for joining us this week. I hope you will join us again.
    :) Jess

  9. I love it!! That stamp is just the most adorablest thing!!! :)

  10. Wow you did such a great job! I love the coloring,, it looks so 3D!

  11. ur a really great colourer! awesome!