Neenah Natural White cardstock, Coredinations Waterspout cardstock, VersaMark Watermark Pad, VersaMagic Aegean Blue and Tea Leaves, Spanish Olive Inks, Bow-Easy Tool, Ivory Jute 1.5” ribbon, ivory cotton fibers, Brown Sugar Zing Embossing Powder, Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel, heat gun tool, scor-tape, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Scotch Mounting Tape, make-up applicators, Embossing Buddy, water spritzer.
I have been using this coloring technique for a while now and just love the soft look it gives and how easy it is to do!
Here is the finished card.
Here’s a close-up of the beautiful poinsettia flower.
Now that you have your crafting supplies, let's begin
Step 1) Stamp flowers and leaves on Natural White Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel. Apply heat from underneath so that the little gold specks don’t blow away.
Step 2) Using make-up applicators and chalk inks, color the flowers. Start with a light application of color from the center of the flower petal and fading to the outside of the petal. Depending on how “juicy” my ink pad is, I usually dab off a lot of the color on paper towel first so I can get a light application. You can always add more color, but you can't take it away. I'll then go back and add a little more color to create more of a shadow. You can see here how one petal is a little darker than the others.
Step 3) For the leaves, I apply the color down the center and fade to the outside. For the berry clusters, I apply a little bit of both colors.
Step 4) Die cut the flowers and leaves with the matching dies.
Step 5) Clip between the flower petals with scissors.
Step 6) Spritz lightly on backs of flowers, leaves and center clusters with water before shaping. (Note: do this process of spritzing and shaping one piece at a time.)
Step 7) Shape flower petals with curler tool by pressing the tool down the center of each petal on the embossing mat.
Step 8) Shape leaves down the center using your fingernail. (Or a stylus tool if you don’t have any!)
Step 9) Shape flower center cluster by cupping each on the back with a stylus tool, then turn over and press stylus tool in the center so the cluster pops up.
Step 10) This is how your flowers, leaves and clusters should look when done.
Step 11) Using Art Institute Glue Dries Clear, glue flower together offsetting petals. Glue leaves to back of flower.
Step 12) Cut Natural White cardstock 4 1/2” x 6”. Stamp sentiment on lower right using VersaMark Ink and heat embossing with Brown Sugar Embossing Powder.
Step 13) Die cut Decorative Lace Border with Natural White and glue to mat. It’s best to used the Metal Glue Tip with the glue although it’s not in the picture here.
Step 14) Add Jute Ribbon over die cut using Scor-Tape. Make a multi-loop bow with fibers using bow making tool and add to mat using Aleenes Tacky Glue. (Click for tutorial) Add mat to a 4 3/4” x 6 1/4” blue card base using Scotch Mounting tape.
Step 15) Add flower to card using Aleenes Tacky Glue.
Step 16) To decorate the inside of the card, cut a 4 1/2” x 6” mat with Natural White. Stamp the sentiment with VersaMark and heat emboss with Brown Sugar Embossing Powder. Using the Sparkling Poinsettia Swirl Set, stamp the poinsettia swirl on the top left with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss from underneath with Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel. Color image with chalk inks using same method as you did with the flowers, leaves and clusters. Add mat to inside of card.
About the artist
Kathy Roney lives in North Carolina with her husband and two teenage boys. She has been doing all kinds of crafts since very little and loves to create. Her latest love is coloring with pencils and inks. You can read more about Kathy on her blog at http://joyfullymadedesigns.blogspot.com
In addition to designing for Heartfelt Creations, Kathy also works behind the scenes putting the weekly blog posts together, maintaining Pinterest and creates design samples used for the stamps and dies packaging for future collections.