Sunday, July 31, 2011

On the Grow

I am doing the marker technique with Stampin' Up markers again to get shading, shadows, and depth.  I have discovered this process only works with small spaces but look at the results! I promise I know nothing about shading and making shadows. You can't tell me to pretend to shine a light from one direction and color darker in the places the light hits because I have no idea what that means. If I can do it YOU can do it. All you need are markers in the same color family that go from light to dark. The great thing about Stampin' Up markers is that you know they will match each other as well as our cardstock, ribbon, designer series paper, brads, buttons, the list goes on. The white gel pen is a must to add depth. A sahara sand marker gives shadow and even more depth.

Remember to start with you lightest color, add the next color over that, then add a dot of the deepest color. For this card I found it easier to color the leaves first so I knew which ones they were. The ground is a bit of of celery and wasabi markers with sahara around it. For the water I used the white gel pen and scribbled back and forth over bashful blue where the water should be then I colored over the gel pen with bashful blue.

Sets: on the grow, sincere salutations
Cardstock: whisper white, marina mist
Ink: black stazon, marina mist
Accessories: big shot, lattice embossing folder, scallop square duo die, 21/2 circle punch, neutral brads, mat pack and poker, white ribbon, marina mist designer paper (subtles collection), sponge, dimensionals, white gel pen, markers in pink pirouette, pretty in pink, melon mambo, certainly celery, wild wasabi, bashful blue, marina mist, and saharah sand

This card is for SU Only Challenges. Come and play along!


  1. Beautiful. Love your colouring.

  2. Just gorgeous!! Your coloring is truly wonderful! So glad you joined us at SUO Challenges!

  3. Beautiful use of the White Gel Pen for depth! I really like your explanation of how you did your work - on a gorgeous card!

  4. Your coloring is superb, and I love the embossed scallop square behind the image. It really makes it "pop"!


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