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A new coloring video, featuring the Beautiful Narcissus stamp set and Copic markers!

Hello, Julie here, with another coloring video! Today’s project uses the new Beautiful Narcissus stamp set and Copic markers. Copics are a fairly new medium for me, so I learned a lot as I prepared for this video. The first thing I learned was how to pronounce it – a little like cope-ic. I even went to the official website to watch a video just to hear how they pronounced it. I still think it looks like it should rhyme with topic, but oh well.


Step-By-Step Instructions For Coloring the Beautiful Narcissus image with Copic Markers

If you'd like to print out step-by-step instructions, here they are. Or bookmark this page for future reference!

  1. I stamped my image on multimedia paper here, with a water-based ink. Because many waterproof inks are alcohol-based, they don’t work so well with the alcohol-based Copic markers. It just blends into the color you’re adding. So, water-based inks are our friends here.
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  2. I started with the greens. I found the color system easy to navigate, with the help of the Copic Marker site’s color chart and explanation. I chose three colors in the yellow green family - YG21, YG23, and YG25.
    I started with the lightest color, YG21, and filled in all the leaves and stems. After that, I put in shadows with the medium color, YG23. Then I used the darkest color, YG25, very sparingly in the very darkest spots. I will say that the stems here are fairly thin, so I didn’t do any detailed shading on them. Next, I went back to YG21 and used it as a blender. Now, I could have used an actual colorless blender to do this, but I didn’t really need to, as the lightest of the three colors worked well. This final layer blended the three colors a bit, and smoothed out any hard lines.
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  3. Next came the flowers. I used three markers from the yellow family – Y13, Y15, and Y19. I started with Y13, the lightest color, then the medium color, Y15, then the darkest, Y19, and finally went back in with the lightest and blended them. One of the things that have kept me from trying Copics in the past was the fact that when I started to put down color, like I did here with the light yellow, it would start out looking sort of muddy. Tam, here at the office, encouraged me to keep trying, and I came back to a trial piece that I hadn’t liked as I colored it, but which looked amazing once it was dry! So these yellows are going to dry to be nice and bright.
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  4. Next was the orange center. I used three in the yellow red family YR00, YR02, and YR04. Of course, I started with the lightest, and filled in the whole shape with it. Then the medium color went in, and because the lighter color is so light, I used a good bit of the medium. Next comes the darkest, which I used for just a couple of shadow touches. Finally, I used the lightest orange to blend them together.
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  5. Once the flowers are all done, I started on the puffballs, which Tam and I decided are thistles, so they’re blue. I started with B60, and just swirled it around on each of the bits of fluff. Next was a touch of B63 for the start of the shadows, and finally some B66 for the darkest bit. The blending here started out looking a bit muddy but dried nicely.
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  6. And lastly, I did the thistle stems in brown (I thought of them as dried thistles). Because these stems are thin, I once again only did the barest bit of color, avoiding any shading, because it got out of control when I tried too much detail with these.
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Here is the final piece. I added a touch of the blue in the little tie at the bottom and now I’m ready to make a card or gift tag out of it. I’ll see about putting the finished product up on the website when I’ve finished it.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used Copic markers to color the Beautiful Narcissus image. And I hope you saw something you can use on your next project!

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PS: The Beautiful Narcissus is part of our Greenhouse Society collection of stamps and dies. You can see all of the flower and nature-themed products in that collection on our website!



Create Envelope Art with the Joyous Juniper Stamps

Hello, Julie here. In today’s video I’ll show you how I created some cool envelope art using the Joyous Juniper stamp set. The stamp set is part of our Greenhouse Society Collection of stamps and matching dies. I had a lot of fun with the Joyous Juniper stamps and am really looking forward to making more envelope art with it!


Step-By-Step Instructions For Making Envelope Art

If you'd like to print out step-by-step instructions, here they are. Or bookmark this page for future reference!

  1. First, I stamped the image on the envelope using waterproof ink. Then I put a piece of chipboard into the envelope so that nothing could bleed through to the other side of the envelope, and to avoid any bumps from having creases or layers of the paper underneath. I got this piece from an old pad of list paper, but chipboard like this comes in all kinds of random packaging. Next I got out my water pen, my palette block, a piece of paper towel, and Distress Inks for the first half of this project. I spread my inks onto the pallet, a bit of Iced Spruce, and some Stormy Sky.

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  2. To start the coloring, I put down a water wash and then added color from my block. On this paper, the water wash is going to soak into the paper really quickly, so I had to do it in small batches. A little bit of water wash, and then color over that, then a little more water wash, and so on. This ink layer is just fairly flat color, starting with the Iced Spruce in the leaves and stems. This is just to provide sort of a background to the pencils. The color coverage just comes out smoother with a flat color background under the pencils.

    On the berries, I did pretty much the same thing with the Stormy Sky, one berry at a time. Wash and then color, and repeat.

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  3. Next came the pencils. I started with brown and greens for the stems and needles. Light Umber went in first, and I put it in pretty lightly on the stems only.

    Once the brown was in, I went into the needles with True Green, which is a sort of blue-tinted green. I just went into the ends of the needles with this, because I didn’t want to layer too much color on at once. Because this paper doesn’t have a lot of tooth, it’s possible that at some point the color won’t layer on any more.

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  4. After that was the warmer Apple Green along the base of the needles.

    Next was the Olive Green, which went on the stems over the brown, as well as the very base of each needle, to provide some shadow. I went back and forth with these colors until I had something I really liked.

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  5. Then, I started in on the berries with the Peacock Blue. I went over the berries with light circles of the peacock. Next was the Ultramarine Blue, which set up the shadow areas.

    A bit of Violet went in after that, to make the shadows nice and rich.

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  6. Once I got that in, I went back in with the Peacock blue pretty thickly over the lighter areas. It’s about the right color for the sort of smoky blue I wanted for my berries, so I wanted it to kind of take over. Next I went in with the white, over that second layer of Peacock blue and sort of smoothed it out, and lightened it up.

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  7. A little more ultramarine went into the shadows to blend them a little more, and then I started with the colorless blender.

    With the blender, I tend to move from dark to light so that if I have color built up on the pencil, I don’t get an accidental blob of dark color in the light area. Somehow it’s easier to blend a lighter color into the shadows than it is to deal with dark in the light. You can also just wipe the color off the blender pencil between berries if you want, using the paper towel.

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  8. Last, I added a bit more white as a highlight or shine – that little ‘ting!’ This required a bit more pressure, because I’d built up so much color in this area already.

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And I did all the berries like that, and ended up with something like this.

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I placed a label die cut on the front of the envelope and sponged some ink around it to make a space for my friends’ names and well, a fake address. The thing I loved about using the Joyous Juniper Stamp is that it fit perfectly into the pointed envelope flap. I love that on the back flap you see this beautiful image, but on the front, you just get a hint of the image, while the space for the stamp is still free. You can add your return address here on the front, or on the back somewhere. Keep in mind that as you get more on the envelope, the more likely it is that it will have to be hand-canceled. This just costs a touch more in postage, but shouldn’t slow anything down too much.

If you'd like to learn more about the Greenhouse Society Stamp Sets and matching dies, now is a good time. If you sign up to become a member by the end of this month, you'll receive a free stamp set. All the details are on our website.

I hope you learned something you can use on your next project. Have a great day!

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Creating Contrast with Watercolor Markers and the Luscious Grapes Stamps!

Hello, Julie here! In today's video, I will show you how to use watercolor markers to add contrast to images in the new Luscious Grapes stamp set. These new fancy-schmancy watercolor markers were a gift for my birthday. I love them and am excited to show you how to use them! 

 

(Can't see the embedded video? You'll find it right here on our website.)


Step-By-Step Instructions

If you'd like to print out step-by-step instructions, here they are. Or bookmark this page for future reference!

  1. I started with Canson watercolor paper and stamped the cluster of grapes using a quick drying, waterproof ink.

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  2. I wanted to make the grapes be the color of Concord grapes, which is mostly blue with a hint of purple. So I started out with the blue marker and added a swoosh of color in the bottom of each of these grapes. Then I used a little water to spread the blue throughout the grape. Once I had the blue distributed, I went back in and added just a tiny spot of purple for the highlight. And as usual, I want back and forth between the colors. On some of the grapes I added more of the blue to intensify that color. You can get this great sort of gradient going, because you’re doing essentially wet-on-wet water coloring.

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  3. Once all the grapes were done, I started in on the leaves. I used the yellow marker to add a base layer. I wanted an autumn leaf color scheme, like the grapes were just ready to be picked, so the colors I used were generally warm. I just went around the edges and along the veins of each leaf with yellow. I didn't want to overwhelm the leaves, just give them a yellow base with a little color everywhere. I used my brush to spread the yellow around to make some nice gradients. There’s a lot of detail within the leaves that could get lost, so I tried to make sure that where the leaves overlapped, the bottom leaf was a bit darker than the part of the top leaf that’s covering it. The darker areas provide a little more contrast which makes the leaf details a bit easier to see.

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  4. Next I went in with the orange watercolor marker. In my set that was Cadmium Red, which was the closest to orange that I had. I picked a few spots to make reddish orange... mostly in areas I wanted to make sure had some additional contrast as well as more intensity. I went back and forth between the orange and yellow, and used water to move those colors around. I planned ahead to put green near the reddish orange areas on the leaves that were underneath. Since red and green are complementary colors I knew that the green would make those areas seem even redder which would help make those areas pop.

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  5. Next I used the red watercolor marker. In my set of makers this was named Alizarin Crimson as opposed to the Cadmium Red hue, which is a little bit more orange. I used the Alizarin Crimson to add a little more intensity to the areas that were already headed in the reddish-orange direction.

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  6. Next I added a bit of Sap Green to a few spots. This is where you need to be a bit careful. Because red and green are complementary colors, (which means they’re on opposite sides of the color wheel), they will create a neutral color when mixed. I made sure I didn't add any green to areas that already had red in them. I knew that if I did mix them, they would turn a muddy brown.

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  7. Next, I used a couple brown shades on the stem and vine areas. I used the lighter color along the top of the stem. Then I used water to spread the color out a little. Because it was pretty wet, the dark brown went in like a dream and spread itself out a little bit. By going back and forth with the brush and the markers, you can get the colors to go where you want them to be.

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And here is my final piece! I went back in and added more color in a few places. I added some darker green on top of the lighter green to add contrast in one or two spots, but only very sparingly.

I hope you enjoyed learning how to add contrast to your stamped images. These watercolor markers are a great way to add color to nature-themed stamp sets like the Luscious Grapes Stamp Set or any of the flower and botanical themed stamp sets in the Greenhouse Society collection.

Thanks for reading! 

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Watercoloring Tips for Stamped Images

Hey everyone… Tam here. Of all the ways to add color to stamped images, watercolors are my very favorite. I’ve been doing it so long that I sometimes forget to explain what I am doing so let me know if you have any questions about my video or this tutorial!

Here’s a quick summary:

  1. Stamp using waterproof ink on watercolor paper.
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  2. Wet a section of the stamped image with clear water. The amount of water you need depends on the type of watercolor paper you are using. You may need to experiment a little to figure out how wet to make your watercolor paper before adding color.
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  3. Add a light wash of color. Don’t completely color the entire stamped image. Let some white show through to create highlights in the stamped image.
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  4. Let each color washed area dry completely before coloring any adjacent areas of your project. If you don’t let an area dry completely, your colors will probably bleed together.
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  5. Once your project is completely dry, go back and rewet an area where you want to add shadows. Often the dots or lines of the stamped image are a good place to add color to create the shadows and add visual interest.
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  6. Coloring is supposed to be relaxing and fun. So play with your stamped images. Try unusual color combinations. For example, Bev color-washed the leaves with yellow and used green to add the shadows. Also instead of sticking with a traditional yellow sunflower, why not make your flower be turquoise, purple or pink?
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  7. Die cut out your stamped image or fussy cut it. Add some sequins or highlight an area with glossy accents. Add a sentiment to finish your project.

We’d love to see what you make using these watercolor techniques. Or show use how you colored the Sunny Flower stamps and dies using markers, colored pencils or your favorite coloring mediums. Use #TechniqueTuesday so we can find your project and leave some love for it!

Tam



How to Quickly Apply Color to Stamped Images with Watercolor Crayons

Hello, everyone!

Like the watercolor look? You are going to love the latest coloring video from Technique Tuesday.

Julie's back to show you how to use six watercolor crayons to quickly apply color to stamped Iris flowers. This quick and easy technique is sure to please all you coloring fans out there. You'll want to try it with the Iris stamps and all kinds of other stamped images!

Clear stamps and crafting dies from Technique Tuesday || TechniqueTuesdayAre you a member of the Greenhouse Society? The Iris is in your March auto-shipment. Not a member? You can order the Iris stamp set and matching dies without a subscription.

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Like the color scheme Julie used?

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We've got a deal for you! We've bundled together the 6 crayons that she used in the video. The colors included are Cobalt Blue, Prussian Blue, Aubergine, Orange, Grass Green and Vandyke Brown. For a limited time, the pack of 6 crayons are just $10.75 on our website!

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We hope you enjoy seeing how Julie colored the Iris, and we hope you're inspired to make some projects of your own!

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Beautiful Floral Cards by Barb Engler

Hi all! You are in for a real treat today! We've got some beautiful cards from special guest, Barb Engler!

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Barb is an incredible stamper with a knack for adding details to her cards. She's also a master at using color. You can find her handmade cards on her blog, as well on her Instagram account. Her body of work is fantastic! By the way, she's also the host of the Simon Says Stamp! Flickr challenge and is just a very kind, big-hearted crafter! We are so happy to share some of her work with you today!

This first card from Barb is sure a stunner.

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The Coreopsis flowers looks beautiful in purple! Such a great color choice for them! And check out how she gave the flowers some extra dimension by adding a little bit of detail with a white gel pen. Absolute perfection! 

Her card also has some beautiful movement going on with the addition of the three stamped bees (also from the Coreopsis stamp set) and the strategic placement of the five sequins. Awesome!

If you liked that card, you are going to love this second one!

Hi Bouquet handmade card by Barb Engler for Technique Tuesday // TechniqueTuesday.com

Talk about a beautiful job coloring! Barb once again used a white gel pen to give the flowers (from the Hi Bouquet stamp set) a little extra pop. LOVE that. Anyone else anxious to give that a try on their next handmade card?

Another fun idea from Barb is she made her own background paper for this card! She took a gray piece of cardstock and then stamped one of the individual flowers from the Hi Bouquet stamp set all over it. That's a great idea! 

Let's give Barb a big hand!

Be sure to tune in tomorrow! We have one more beautiful card by Barb to share with you! I think you will find it to be a real hoot! Wait. I said too much! Wink! See you Tuesday!

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Like Botanical Stamps? Check This Out...

Technique-Tuesday-July-New-Greenhouse-Splash-V2Do you like pretty stamps? Like foliage? Check out Technique Tuesday's Greenhouse Society! We release a new stamp set (and coordinating die) every month as part of the Greenhouse Society.

If you would like to receive these stamps each month, consider joining the auto-ship program. Members enjoy discounts, exclusive gifts and special offers, plus free shipping on additional products. You can learn more about the program here

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PS... July's a good month to join the program! New members who join by the end of the month receive a You Are A Star stamp set for free with their first auto-shipment.

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Now Showing: Cards That are a Real Hoot!

Hi all!

You might say we've on a bit of an owl binge lately. We've released an owl-themed stamp set every month since January.

First came the It's Owl Good stamp set. Then came the Lucky Owl and Great Day Owl stamp sets. Flying into our owl line-up this month is the Proud Owl

Proud Owl stamp set from Technique Tuesday // TechniqueTuesday.comThe cool thing about the four owl stamp sets? They are just $2.99 each. Woo-hoot! Not to mention that they are totally cute. I mean, they look so cute on cards! Don't believe me? Well, I'd like to present to you Exhibit A, B and C. Just check out these fun cards some of the members of the Technique Tuesday Creative Team put together with the Proud Owl stamp set.

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So So So Proud by Jill Hawkins for Technique Tuesday // TechniqueTuesday.com

 

So Proud by Tobi Crawford for Technique Tuesday // TechniqueTuesday.com

Aww! Talk about cards that are a real hoot! 

Have you made anything with Technique Tuesday's owl-themed stamp sets? We'd love to see your projects! Share them with us on our Facebook page and through Instagram. Be sure to the use the #TechniqueTuesday hashtag.

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A Card for Mom from Mary Dawn

Hi everyone!

Do you like to make cards for Mother's Day? Are flower stamps your favorite? Today's your lucky day because we've got special guest Mary Dawn Quirindongo here again with a pretty card that's right up your creative alley!

Mary Dawn Quirindongo2... 4... 6... 8! Get ready to be amazed!

Mother's Day handmade card by Mary Dawn Quirindongo for Technique Tuesday // TechniqueTuesday.comCool, huh?!

Mary Dawn created this stunning card with the Today Flower stamp set.

She started by partially die-cutting the flower with into the white panel with the coordinating Today Flower dies. She stamped the flower and then colored it in with markers. Isn't it beautiful?!

She created her own custom sentiment by combining stamps from a couple stamp sets, including the Mom's Day set.

Tune in next Thursday. We've got another awesome card by Mary Dawn to share with you. In the meantime, check out this picture she shared! Talk about doing fun stuff with the Great Day Owl stamp set!

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Handmade Card Inspiration from Mary Dawn

In need of some stamping inspiration? Like pretty cards? It's your lucky day! We've got special guest Mary Dawn Quirindongo here today with a pretty card just for you!

Mary Dawn in a few words? She's a talented, versatile paper crafter. Her cards feature lots of stamping and color. Throw in some techniques and cleverness, and you've got her work!

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On your mark. Get set. Here we go!

Greatest Blessing by Mary Dawn Quirindongo for Technique Tuesday // TechniqueTuesday.comTalk about a beautiful card! You like?

Mary Dawn created this stunner with the Hyacinth stamp set. That gorgeous field of Hyacinth flowers was created with masking. And then she added color to each flower. Don't you love how they aren't the same color? It just adds to the richness of this pretty scene.

To round out her scene, she die-cut a couple dragonflies with the Hyacinth dies and then stamped on top. Again, she colored each of them with a different color.

For more inspiration from Mary Dawn, tune in on Thursdays. We'll be sharing her work over the next few weeks. Here's a sneak peek from Mary Dawn at something else she's made with the Hyacinth stamp set that we'll be sharing soon!

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