Friday, April 08, 2016

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #245 Color Isolation

This week's Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink involves color isolation.  Basically this means stamping a background in a neutral color and then adding a pop of color with one image.  Ashley has a wonderful video showing just how to do this here.

I don't have many stamps the involve coloring.  Many years ago I bought several Copics when coloring those children images on cards were popular.  I also made my own digital stamps so I figured the Copics would help me color those.  I never truly loved coloring with the Copic markers..the end results were good but it took a long time and you had to use special paper/ink.  I ended up giving my coloring stamps to my kids.  So recently  I was gifted a set of Prismacolor pencils.  I decided to give coloring a try again and purchased PTI's gorgeous Peonies on Parade stamp set.  Here is what I came up with for this challenge:

I embossed the focal image with Versamark ink using white powder.  This kinda made it hard to color and see each flower petal.  So I scribbled over the entire image with peach pencil first.  (I think I if I do this again I will stamp in black or a color a shade darker than the flower).  Then I added shading with the pink pencil.  I blended it all with Gamsol.  I just love how the pencil strokes just melted away when I applied the Gamsol!  (Oh and I used the Gamsol kit by Inky Antics.  It includes everything you need to start blending your color pencils.  I love the dauber bottle!  It has a sponge tip which you depress with the blending stump.  No open containers to spill.  I have heard you can refill this bottle too by popping the top off.)   The middle was done with goldenrod appplying heavier color to the very center.  I do love how this flower turned out!  This didn't take nearly as long as using Copics.  It was quite relaxing coloring.  I can see why everyone is jumping on the adult coloring book bandwagon!    I have to admit though I tried various shades of purple for my first attempt at this flower and didn't like the results.  So I think it will take some experimenting knowing which pencils blend well together.

I scribbled the leaves first with the chartreuse pencil then added shading with the apple green pencil.  I am soo glad I got this stamp set and will definitely be looking at other outline images to color in the future.   Do you love or loathe coloring?

I did not buy the metal dies for this set.  I really don't think I will anytime soon.  For this image I fussy cut close to the flower so I wouldn't have to color precisely.  I just cut off my scribbles!  I always have a hard time deciding if the metal dies that match the stamps are worth purchasing.  Sometimes they cost almost as much as the stamps themselves!

For the background I used more images from Peonies on Parade stamped in Memento Platinum Planet metallic ink. I needed one small flower to fill in the spaces and borrowed my daughter's PTI Flutterby Friend for that.  Since this challenge involves a single pop of color I resisted adding any embellishments.  I did cut out the background panel with a pierced rectangle die to add some interest.

Supplies listed and linked below:

PTI Peonies on Parade Stamps

PTI Think Big Favorites #2 Mini Stamp Set

PTI Flutterby Friend Stamps

Versamark Emboss Ink Pad

Ranger Clear Embossing Powder

Brilliance Platinum Planet Pigment Ink

Avery Elle Dies Double Pierced Rectangle Set

Inky Antics Gamsol Coloring Kit
I used the following Prismacolor pencils:
Goldenrod (1034) Peach (939) and Pink (929)for flowers
Chartreuse (989) and Apple Green (912) for the leaves
You can find individual pencils here or the whole pack here.

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Patti said...

Great post! great card!!! I also color with Prisma and Gamsol from Inky Antics - I love the dauber too : ) I know you said it was hard to color because of the light EP you used but the end results are really stunning!! I think you should pat yourself on the back for sticking with it - your card is amazing! : )


Lyn said...

Lovely card and beautifully coloured. I love my prisma pencils