Hello, and welcome to our Instagram hop for Jun 2022 release, "Bold Blooms". Before we get to the 'how-to-win' part, let's check out the cards I made, shall we?
I used two different stamp sets and made two different (but similar) cards. Both of these are inspired by the uber-talented @debbyhughes from Lime Doodle Design. She has shared several cards done with pencil coloring gorgeous flowers. I decided to take a leaf out of her book for these cards today. (Yes, pun intended!) And I also played with splatters on both of them. For the control freak in me, splatters have been always scary, but I realized I enjoyed them. Maybe it's the universe telling me to lose control a bit more? :)
Anyways, I won't try to hype up these anymore. Here are the cards:
I printed all of these at one go using PowerPoint to lay the images and sentiments out + my trusted laser printer to print them on Neenah Desert Storm 80 lb cardstock.
For the blue flowers, I used the peonies from the Forever Love stamp set (All supplies linked below). I don't even know if there are blue peonies :D but in my imagination there are, so I just went with that. I used only Prismacolor pencils on this one. Here are the colors I used:
- Flower - White, True Blue, and Light Cerulean Blue. The flowers have ridge lines defined, so I just followed those.
- Flower center - Canary Yellow.
- Branches - Sienna Brown and Dark Brown.
- Leaves - Apple Green, Grass Green, Spanish Orange, and White
- Stamens - Micron .005 pen
Finally, I added splatters with white gesso and of course matching gems from Hero Arts.
For the pink flowers, I used the Morning Glory stamp set. As the base layer, I used white gesso instead of a white pencil. I have seen Debby use gouache as a base layer, but I wanted to play slightly differently, so I used gesso. The main difference between the two is that gesso, once dry does not react again to water. It's like a layer I can go back and add on top of. It's not entirely opaque either, so I didn't lose the lines of the printed image completely. I did go ver them with the marker just because they became faint.
Here are the colors I used:
- Flower - Prismacolor Pink and Crayola Magenta.
- Flower center (darkest part) - Polychromos Magenta.
- Leaves and branches - Apple Green, and Grass Green.
Finally, I added splatters with white gesso and of course matching gems and sequins from Pink Fresh Studio and Simon Says Stamp.
I like how gesso adds more vibrancy than just the colored pencil in white. Also, since it's a paint-like medium, it's easier to cover the entire petal or leaf in one go.
There, I hope you like both these cards and do give these ideas a try. And don't forget to play along on Instagram.
We are hoping along starting from my feed @VaradaSharma. Do drop by to check out the full list of participants. We will pick 3 winners to receive $10 store credit each, from comments across all the stops. So, what are you waiting for?
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