Monthly Archives: February 2016

30 Day Color Challenge Update


Here are a couple projects I have been working on for the 30 Day Color Challenge. My hope for this project was to use a variety of my different coloring media, so that’s what I’ve been trying to do.

This first card uses the well-loved Altenew stamp set Henna Elements:




If you follow my work at all, you know I love bright colors paired with kraft cardstock. That is what I as going for here. I stamped the images and heat-embossed them. Then I was going to color them with these Neon colored pencils I picked up at Barnes & Noble:




But when I went to color, it turned out these pencils are terrible. Just garbage. Cheap, waxy, poor color laydown, not vibrant. They don’t even provide good color or coverage on stark white paper. I think I am going to just throw them out. I wouldn’t even donate them to a preschool — they would just frustrate the kids and make them hate art, and we don’t want that. Luckily they only cost about 8 bucks. I went at them with my Dove Blender Pen, and that did not smooth them out or brighten them in the least. No good.

In the end I colored the images with my Prismacolors, which are fine, and bright enough, although not quite neon. (What can I say, I came up in the Eighties, I love neon.) So it didn’t quite turn out as I hoped, but it’s a pretty enough card I think. I do love Henna Elements, such a versatile stamp set. The sentiment is from Verve Stamps.

This next card was just some simple coloring with my Copics:




This stamp set is called Happy Place, from Verve Stamps. I stamped them with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, and kept the color scheme on each medallion (flower, whatever) monochromatic. And also cool colors. Personally, I much prefer cool colors, blues and greens, to warm ones.

When it was colored, I felt it needed something. You can’t really see it so well in the picture, but I colored some of the inner petals with my Sakura Stardust pen. After the picture was taken, i went back and added a rhinestone to the center of each medallion.

Once I finished coloring it in, I realized the medallions aren’t quite 100 percent even on the card — I left a little too much space on the top as opposed to the bottom. It looks a little unbalanced. I could try and balance that out, put a border on the top or a length of glitter ribbon. Or if I really get anal about it, I could cut the front panel off, trim it, and mount it on a new, properly centered card base. But no, I am just going to leave it. I’ve found over the years that trying to fix such minor mistakes usually just ends up making things worse. Most people aren’t going to notice such a small discrepancy anyway.

Both of the Verve stamp sets here are Never Before Used (NBUS).  So that always makes me feel good, to use something NBUS, which was the point of this whole blog after all. That was another objective I hoped to meet by following the 30 Day Color Challenge.

If you’d like to follow along the 30 Day Color Challenge, you can do so at Kathy Racoosin’s blog, The Daily Marker.  She has been posting a lot of giveaways throughout the challenge and some of them are still open, so hop on by.

30 Day Color Challenge, Day 17


I have been following along with the 30 Day Color Challenge (#thedailymarker30day) more or less, coloring things here and there, but not producing much finished work.  I have not been having as much success as I hoped.

Yesterday I colored a piece from the Paper Wishes Awesome Blossoms for Colorists coloring book, just to say I did it, and was participating in the challenge.  Today, I cut it out and mounted it on a card, just to have finished something.  But now that it’s done, I have to say I think it’s pretty cute:




This particular coloring book is small, 5×7, and single-sided, printed on pretty good cardstock, so you can use it for projects.  It includes some blank tags you can add to your projects, so I colored one and added a sentiment with alpha stickers. I was going to originally mount it with brads, but decided it needed some dimension, so mounted it with some foam tape.

I colored the pice with my plain old Bic Marks-Its, bargain basement alcohol markers, and mounted it on a black card base.  It was just a throwaway thing to do, but I actually really like how it turned out.  Looking forward now to coloring more of the pieces in this book.  This is the first time I’ve used that coloring book, so it’s NBUS.  That’s always a good feeling.  And it was in my long-neglected Use-It Box, so doubly good!

30 Day Color Challenge, Day … 6?


I guess I’m kind of losing track.  I’m just dipping into and out of the color challenge as it suits me, as I see things I like, and not flogging myself over not posting something every single day.

Here is my latest:


This is a technique demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire during the Day 2 blog hop, which she calls “negative space coloring.”  Stamp a stamp, emboss it, but leave it blank and color around the outside — the negative space of the image.  I like this idea a lot in theory, but I am having trouble with the implementation.  This is my second attempt. (The purple one)  I’m having trouble with the composition — the stamp is just floating there — and with blending the colors, and with staying outside the lines.  I don’t know.  It’s funny how some people ace a technique, and others just can’t. But then they master a technique the next person never could.  I guess that’s art.

The stamp here is from Woodware, and as you can see I colored it with my Zig Clean Color markers, on Daler Rowney watercolor paper.  Actually this is a watercolor cardstock postcard — it’s stamped on the back with lines for an address and a place to put a stamp. I used the Zigs straight from the pen, no water — it may have been too much.  I did go back afterward and mist it with water and life some of the color up, which helped I think.

If I can think of anything useful to do with this piece, I’ll show you.  Any suggestions?

The 30 Day Color Challenge


Over at her blog, The Daily Marker, Kathy Racoosin is hosting a 30 Day Color Challenge in the month of February.  Kathy is a papercrafter whose first love is coloring.  She has hosted this challenge several times.  I crapped out of the last one after only a couple days, but I am more committed to this one.  I’m hoping it will help me revive my creativity (see last post).

There will be blog hops and prizes and giveaways, but mostly it is for the creativity.  You can post your creations in the Inlinkz on the initial post, and use the hashtag #thedailymarker30day on social media.

For the first day Kathy posted a very elaborate diecut card which I didn’t feel up to CASEing. But I could replicate her coloring technique, which was adding color to diecuts with sponging.




I punched these flowers out of neon cardstock, and sponged the tips of the petals with Hero Arts Neon dye ink to give some subtle — very subtle — depth.  If you read my blog at all, you know one of my favorite things is to pair bright colors with kraft cardstock.  So that’s what I did.  The sentiment is from Newton’s Nook’s Beautiful Blossoms set.  I was going to add a neon yellow rhinestone to the center of the flowers, but I decided I liked the black enamel dots instead.  They pick up the sentiment. Most everything on this card except for the kraft cardstock, the black ink and the enamel dots are NBUS.  Yay!

I’m feeling pretty good about this challenge, and am looking forward to it.  You can join n at Kathy’s blog, The Daily Marker.