Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Royal Jasmine and No-Line Colouring (Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society)

Hello everyone!

It's good to be back in the craft room! I'm recovering from a wisdom teeth surgery this week, so I've got some time to craft and write. 
Today I'm sharing some cards I've made using the new release from Technique Tuesday - the Royal Jasmine. This stamp is part of the Happy Happy release (which includes a lot of birthday products) so check it out! I'm also looking at a new technique called no-line colouring which I've used for these cards. Let's get into it!

As you know, every month the Greenhouse Society has another plant or flower join its ranks. This November, it's the Jasmine flower which shares the spotlight. These flowers are a gorgeous light colour and have an amazing smell.

As with any image, you can either try to make your colouring as close to the actual flowers as possible, or you can choose to colour any way you wish. I try to stick to traditional colours at first, to see how the image flows. From there, the world is yours.

To be honest, this flower stumped me at first - how will I colour a white flower when I typically use black ink for all my images? I went looking for a way I could get a lighter look without that intense black.

One way I could have created that light colour was with clear embossing powder, but I find that embossing powders pick up alcohol marker colour and I didn't want that for this card. Then I realised that I did have an ink pad that may work - Inkon3's Fadeout Ink! I've never used it before but I had previously purchased it to see if I could use its magic. What better time to test it than when I'm just back from an operation and my face is totally numb, right?

Of course, I had to practice first, so I inked up the Jasmine flower and a piece of cardstock and started colouring. 
I've seen two videos that have explained how to use this ink and how to show dimension without defined lines, so I have seen next to nothing on how to use it (oops). No better time to learn than the present! I worked with my Nuvo alcohol markers for this colouring as I know how they blend well. I also learnt recently that Staedtler Fineliner Pens are Copic marker safe! I've been wanting some fineliners in colours that match or complement my markers, and I didn't even need to go out and buy more products (I already had these).

The process is pretty simple if you've done this technique before. The darker colours are used to emphasize the shadows and items hiding behind the front. This flower is in no way perfect, and I'm still learning, but it was fun. I decided to give my flower stems some pink and use greys for those light petals as I tried to reflect the colours of the Pink Night Blooming Jasmine.

Of course, once I had coloured the whole flower it would be a waste to just leave it alone, so I decided to make a card out of it. In my latest Technique Tuesday delivery, I also received the Essential Stitched dies which I've used on this card!
I used Catherine Pooler's Wonky Triangles stencil on the largest die tag, and blended Distress inks with The Stamp Market blending brushes. I also did some light blending around the edges of my card base to reduce the whiteness and tie the features together. 
I stamped the sentiment from the Jasmine set multiple times using my stamping platform, and layered everything onto a card base. 

Once my practice flower was finished, I wanted to do the colouring a few more times on a card. I grabbed a piece of white cardstock and inked up the jasmine flower with the Fadeout ink again. It's important to work slowly and focus on each individual section - you may find it handy to keep the stamp beside you for a reference. And if you make a mistake, it's perfectly okay! The great thing about this ink is that it allows for mistakes.

I worked on the two flowers for this card with my markers, but I wasn't sure what to do with the white space. Fitting in a sentiment is fairly easy, and the ones provided in the Jasmine set fit well onto the Jam Jar Labels I like so much. But I hadn't used any black ink on this card, so I needed something else to sit on that large 'hello' to tie things together. 
Cue the Silver pen from Nuvo! They've released a trio set of silver, gold and copper pens that you can use like any other marker, and they have an amazing shimmer finish! I'm not great at free-drawing, but there's no rule against drawing over a stamped sentiment! I simply inked up the sentiment with the Fade-out ink and, after a few practice runs, stamped it onto the jar label. I used a 0.5mm fineliner for the smaller tagline, and then used the Nuvo silver marker for the 'Hello'. It works amazingly, and of course, you don't see the underneath lines.

I finished up this card with some white and silver string on the tag, and everything is layered onto a card base. 

I hope you like these! Even though I'm currently bleeding from my mouth and unable to swallow anything but the smoothest foods, I managed to pull together some decent cards.

Do you have any tips for no-line colouring? Maybe don't try when you've just arrived home from surgery, for one thing. Stay healthy everyone!

Until next time,

Shana xx

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