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Over on the CardMaking Paradise forum some of us suddenly became inspired to indulge in a little colouring of stamped images that had been stamped with white pigment ink. This came about after I had seen a YouTube video by Gina K  . I don’t have Prismacolor pencils but do have plenty of  coloured pencils including a set of Faber and Castell called Wyvern.

My first attempt at this technique was done on Kraft card stock using Brilliance Moonlight white pigment ink; the trial turned out okay but have to say I wasn’t overwhelmed with it. I went over some of the pencil with Marvy Le plume markers and added extra punch to the white ink with a white gel pen. The text i embossed with white detail embossing powder.

I next tried the technique on black card stock and that was much, much better!

I added some details with a white gel pen. I then wondered how oil pastels would fair over white pigment ink and was very pleased with the results although I must add that I did also use coloured pencil for the finer parts of the stamped image. The oil pastels give a much more vibrant colour but will need some kind of fixative as the colours can be rubbed off.

The larger piece has become a postcard and the two smaller cards are now ATCs for an ATC swap with Rebel Stampers !

  Thanks for looking x


Another great forum I am a member of is UK Stampers and every month Samantha Read sets a theme (or not!) for our postcard swap; some months we have a ‘free theme’ which means we have to think for ourselves and I have a real problem with a free month!! I can, and frequently do, think for myself but when it comes to a craft swap my mind can become a complete blank! Panic sets in as there are no parameters! Usually I either fall back on old favourites or luck might play a part and for last month’s swap luck did play a part; I remembered a collage style that Jann Gray did on one of her Youtube videos. I love Jann’s creativity and she makes it all look so easy however she is a perfect teacher and instructor!

May's postcard swap

May’s postcard swap

So incorporating some of Jan’s teachings I created a collage of sorts. I have to say that this was sooooooooo close to going in the bin but my DH wouldn’t le me throw it away! I was convinced it was overdone and far too cluttered. The main image ( Aspects of Design Botanical) was stamped centrally with Versamark and embossed with black detail embossing powder and Versamagic Sahara Sand brushed over it. The image was then masked off and the other images were stamped, again masking where necessary, with Hero Arts ‘Antique Engravings’ stamps and various colours of Versamagic and black Archival inks. A white gel pen was used in places to create highlights.

Thank you for looking and may the sun shine where you are 🙂


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