I really had a fun day today, and got lots of cards made. Today's technique is something that I do quite often. I call it a highlight spot. Basically, it's an area or block of color, used to "ground" an image. If you stamp an image, and feel like it "needs" something, chances are it needs to be grounded, so it doesn't just sit there all by itself, or look like it's floating. How it's done:
Start with watercolor paper. Draw a border the size and shape desired with a water based marker, such as Marvy LePlume or Tombow markers. Use a wet paintbrush to "pull" the color from the border into the inside of the shape. Be sure to fade to almost no color as you get toward the center. You can add color by rubbing marker on a craft sheet or piece of plastic, and picking up the color with your brush and adding it to the shape. If you put too much color, some of it can be removed. Just add more water and dab with a paper towel. Practice this a few times, and you'll get it. Try keeping your brush a little dryer after the initial water application...this helps keep the color from becoming too intense.
After you make our highlight, be sure to let it dry completely, or heat set, before stamping in it. Then, just stamp and color as usual.
Here are some cards using this technique:
http://heroarts.com/blogs/club/june-2010-contest-details/ , and the Paper Crafts Sketch Challenge 4 http://www.flickr.com/groups/pc_go-to_sketch_challenge_4/ . Here's the sketch:
But, I digress....here's the card:
Notice how the little highlighted areas on these cards give the images "a place to be?" A few years ago, we used shadow stamps to achieve this. Now, you can make your own, and any shape and size you want! Hope you'll give it a try. Practice several and you'll get it before you know it. Be sure to use watercolor paper, or it will not work.
Oh, and do scroll down to the previous two or three posts, as I posted several today and yesterday. Don't want you to miss anything! Have fun!
Have a wonderful evening, and a great week!
Blessings and peace,