In today's video, I am talking about leaving 'white space' on your coloured images, with the help of your blender pen. Incidentally, any alcohol ink blender pen will work with the Promarkers. For this video I took my inspiration from the super videos on the Lili of the Valley website, take a look over there for some great ideas. Both the stamps today are by Lili of the Valley, and I get a lot of mail about these little images, that I use a lot. Just for your information, they are a UK company (I am unashamedly flying the flag for the UK again here, I am in no way associated with Lili of the Valley, I just love their stamps). They ship overseas, and their prices are very reasonable
What I mean by white space is that you don't always have to fill in every teensy detail on a stamped image to get a great effect. Leaving some areas white sometimes adds a lot to the finished effect. The blender pen simply softens the edges of the lines of colour.
The card was made using Bazzill cardstock in green (6 x 6) with a layer of DCWV paper. The border was punched on both sides with Martha Stewart Optic Dots, the sentiment is by Craftwork Cards
Here's another Lili stamp, I just love this little girl. I used the largest of my nestability ovals to cut her out, so didn't have a bigger one to layer her onto, so cut a pink oval at the same size and offset the image onto that. Both the white layer and the image layer were embossed using the snow embossing folder for Cuttlebug by Kars UK
You can see that I just sketched around the edges of the image and the folds with colour, and left the rest white. This gives an impression of colour without being overwhelming. There is more coat and scarf than any other part of this image, and if it was strongly coloured you would not get the same ethereal effect
I stamped the sentiment onto a label from the new cuttlebug cut and emboss range, which I got from Scrappy-go-Lucky. These labels are great, just put the cardstock in the folder, run it through your cuttlebug, and you get beautifully cut and embossed labels just with one crank through the machine. Scrappy-goLucky are offering a 10% discount to readers of my blog in the UK, USA or Australian store. Valid until November 30th, just enter ENFYS10 into the coupon box (this works for purchases of SCAL and Cri-Kit pens) The sentiment matches the card perfectly because I inked the stamp with my Promarker
For this image I used:
blush, buttercup, pastel pink, blossom and dusky pink, moss green and a blender pen
Ooops. for some reason the video today seems to have been cut short. I have tried to edit it, but short of doing it all over again I just can't do anything about it. It's as though it's on steroids and super quick! EDITED TO SAY I HAVE FOUND OUT WHAT THE PROBLEM IS BUT I JUST DON'T HAVE TIME TO RE-DO THE LAST 2 VIDEOS AT THE MOMENT. ALL THE OTHERS THIS WEEK WILL BE BACK TO NORMAL
To summarise - when you just want to give a hint of colour, not solid all over, take your blender pen and really soak the centre of your image with that, the paper will look grey, but will be while when it dries. Then just colour the edges and where you want the colour, and with the blender, go over the edge of colour to fade and soften it. I better go and check tomorrows video now.....dratted technology....
Someone who visits my blog regularly, and is used to my nonsensical ramblings about this and that, said that she was surprised that I sound so serious on the videos. Believe me, I am so busy concentrating on the camera, whether the angle is picking up the action, whether I got the right colours out and keeping an eye on the time to be under YouTube's ten minute limit, I haven't got the breath to be jolly - once I have switched the camera off and replay it. I have a good laugh. What is it about your own voice that makes it sound so totally unfamiliar to you when you hear it on a recording? Honestly, I could talk to myself on the telphone and not know who I was talking to.
I'll be back tomorrow with a video showing how I use my Promarkers with my Cricut. See you then...