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I've Got Quirks

Hello again!

Sharyn here.

Today I thought I’d share a few of my little quirks with you. 

Quirk #1: When I get a new order of stamps in the house, I like to put them all in a little basket on my desk and break them in, one by one. I don’t  like to put them in any permanent storage until I’ve welcomed them, so to speak.

For this project, I broke in my Friendship Never Melts set.

Quirk #2: I often mix up several different coloring techniques on one card. Like so…


I stamped my tree with my Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink Pad onto some watercolor paper.  I love watercolor paper for both the texture, and for the ability to play a little more with some of my coloring options.  While I left the option to watercolor my tree open, what I ended up doing was simply color it in lightly with a brown colored pencil.

Next, I stamped the snowman with the same black ink, and I wanted to draw the tree and snowman together with some ground. I used a blue color pencil and my medium water pen, and simply used my water pen to pull the color from the pencil. I "painted" the pencil tip, then applied that color to the card – back and forth until I was content with the color. I used more in some spots where I wanted the color to be a little deeper. 

The next coloring option I pulled out was my Copic Ciao Cool Gray marker. With this marker, I went about the whole card and just highlighted the images, tracing here and there. This especially helped with the snowman, but I did end up going back and adding some blue inside the snowman as well like I had with the ground.

With the scarf, I found my markers to be a bit too dark – so again, I pulled out my pencils to fill this in.

With the nose, I found the pencil to be too light, so I pulled out my orange Copic Ciao marker. Quirky as all get out, right?

Friendship never melts 006
It’s definitely not unusual for me to pull in four different coloring techniques on one card. I like the ability to treat each element individually and be able to highlight each to get the end result that suits me.

I used my Technique Tuesday Denim Chalk Ink from the Perspectives set for the sentiment.

Now off to break in my next stamp set... (wink!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Sharyn, I love the way you "welcomed" the stamp set!! I agree with you on that. If I don't play with each stamp as I get them, I can't know how they'll actually look for me! This is an awesome card, btw!!

Girl, I love your quirks. You are awesome and this card is so great!

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