Today's blog post is brought to you by "Peacock Lane". This happens to be one of my favorite Bo Bunny lines of ALL TIME!!! One of my favorite Bo Bunny products is the sweet little "Clearly Stamps" sets that comes with each new line now and I'm especially loving the cute little bird in the Peacock Lane set.
(Products used: Peacock Lane Ivy, Peacock Lane Stripe, Peacock Lane Clearly Stamps, Peacock Lane Combo letter Stickers, Clover Double Dot Ribbon, Peacock Lane Flowers and Bling)
I thought I would show you a fun and inexpensive way to add color to your stamped images without breaking the bank. (This means bigger scrappy budget! HA!) A lot of stampers use copic markers to color in their images but I actually prefer watercolor pencils. You can pick up a decent set at your local craft store using a coupon for under $15. These last forever and add such a cool affect to your stamping. But be warned.... you may get hooked! You see the cute little bird and feather stamped images in my layout above? I'm going to show you how to create those!
So let's do some watercoloring!
I prefer using brown as the base ink because it's not so harsh. Unless my project specifically calls for black. First, I stamp several images and decide which one or ones looks crisp and cleanest. (See Image 1) Then it's time to color in the image. With watercolor pencils, all you do is color in a thick border along all the lines of your stamped image... or where you want color the darkest. (See Image 2 and Image 3)
Next is the fun part. Using a small paint brush, dip the tip into some water, it doesn't take much, then use the brush to start blending the colored edges towards the center of the stamped image. (See Image 4) This part takes a little playing and practice to get it looking just how you want. I've used lots of different stamps just to play and practice with. I needed two different colored bird images for my layout as well as several of those fun feathers so that's what I created. (See Images 5 and 6) Notice the mutiple colors I added to the peacock feather! FUN!!!
Once I'm done coloring the images in they are ready to be cut out and added as embellishments to my layout. (See Image 7)
Was that fun? What do you think? If it looks pretty easy that's because it is!
Now how about a giveaway? Leave a comment, tell me what you thought about this little tutorial and you will be entered in a drawing for a bunch of new Peacock Lane goodies! How's that for celebrating?
Toodles ♥ Shanna