I know I only recently did a stamp focus for the Garden Treasure Stamp Set but I made those cards right after the release which was in March! Also, you really can’t blame me, this is a BEAUTIFUL set and I was itching to do some pencil colouring.
So I started with stamping the one big flower from the Garden Treasure Stamp Set and did a bit of masking to stamp the other two overlapping ones.
I wanted lots of leaves on my card so I masked my flowers and started stamping the leaves repeatedly to make a kind of a border.
See that bud/budding flower on the left? I added that the last by drawing a stem and then stamping the image. I think the stem could have been shorter, looks like its flowing mid air!
The first thing I wanted to do was change the look of my flowers. If you have checked out my Stamp Focus post you would notice the difference in the colouring technique.
Here I created folds and “crinkles” by adding light and dark shades of the same colour family. Draw your dark lines first so you would know when to apply pressure and when to loosen your grip while colouring.
The budding flower already had some sketchy lines on it’s edge. This was really helpful to know which way my pencil strokes would go, where to add bends and folds plus also where the light would hit.
If you notice, I added a cast shadow to my border to create an illusion of dimension. A cast shadow really takes your one layer card up a notch, do try this some time.
After I was done colouring the flowers and leaves I started colouring the background ombre’ style, darker near the floral border and lighter as we go up towards the card edge/fold (this is a top folding card).
I applied more pressure near the floral border like you would colour a regular image. But for the lighter areas, I tilted my pencil a bit and coloured with a very light hand. In case you are wondering about the visible texture, this is a watercolour paper. One side of this paper is textured, I have used the plain side. But when you colour, especially with your pencil tilted, the texture comes through and it looks really great.
The sentiment is from the Floral Shadow Stamp Set.
Alright! That’s it. I hope I explained my colouring process better this time?
Do you have any colour recommendation for my floral images? Would you like to see me use a particular stamp set? If you have any questions please feel free to ask them in the comments section.
See you soon!