Welcome! Today I am sharing a fun way to get a new look with outline stamps…. by doing monochromatic coloring.
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You gotta love a technique that allows you to easily achieve a new look for outline stamps. And it is even better when you can use up some cardstock scraps!
I thought the Avery Elle Time to Party Stamp Set was clever so I wanted to use it right away. To keep the focus on the personalized date image, I kept the card simple and monochromatic.
After white heat embossing the image on Lawn Fawn Peacock Cardstock, I “colored” it with a Versamarker Pen and Prismacolor White Pencil. This gives simple shading and highlighting that adds a great deal of interest and depth. If you don’t have the Versamarker Pen (which simply darkens the paper), you could use a marker of the same color as the cradstock but slightly darker. I also added shimmer with my Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer Pen.
I also used the balloons from the Avery Elle Time to Party Stamp Set on Gina K Turquoise Sea Cardstock for another example. By the way – the frame on these cards is from the Avery Elle Scalloped Pierced Rectangles Die Set. I used the same color cardstock as I did for the background (which was cut with the Avery Elle Pierced Banner Layers Die), but darkened with with my Versamarker Pen.
This technique is also great for giving a new look to floral images, such as this one from the Avery Elle Mothers Day Stamp Set. The sentiment is from the Avery Elle City Celebrations Stamp Set and the cardstock is Lawn Fawn Guava.
I added shimmer to the frame with my Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer Pen, but think it would have been best to leave it with just the darkening from the Versamarker.
The fun images from the Avery Elle Punny Pantry Stamp Set crack me up! I did most of the “coloring” on the leaves of the radish. Didn’t take long at all. It is amazing how the image comes to life with a bit of highlighting and shading.
Oh – and this My Favorite Things Persimmon Cardstock is a new top color on my list.
I teamed up the Avery Elle More Furry Friends Stamps with Gina K Passionate Pink Cardstock for the next few examples. Gotta love doggies and kitties.
I also find the Prismacolor Colorless Blender Pencil helpful in smoothing out the white color pencil to give a soft look. It is inexpensive, but you definitely don’t need it to do the technique.
I like to white heat emboss a bunch of images and just grab my Versamarker Pen, Prismacolor White Pencil, Prismacolor Colorless Blender Pencil, and Wink of Stella to “color” on the go. Sure beats carrying lots of colors with me!
This next one used the cute Avery Elle Pegasus Duo Stamp Set. Lila loved it!
I find that this technique lends itself well to “masculine” colors… or even just a person’s favorite color. This one uses Avery Elle Shine Bright Stamp along with Lawn Fawn Blue Jay Cardstock.
I hope you will give this a try with any outline stamps you have!
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