Coloring Techniques for Card Making

Coloring Techniques for Card Making

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Coloring Techniques for Card Making by Annie's

Introducing current, popular coloring methods for card making, this guide is divided into three instructional chapters that showcase a specific medium—watercolor, colored pencils, and alcohol ink. With an introduction to each medium, every one of the eye-catching designs in this book include a detailed walk through, a materials list, and coloring tips. A special section on how to accentuate designs includes suggested use for glitter pens and gel pens as well as techniques on shading and creating texture. Projects include Fairy Thanks, Meowy Christmas, Geranium Get Well, Secret Fishing Spot, Beary Happy Birthday, Sharing a Cookie, and Special Friends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596354609
Publisher: Annie's
Publication date: 08/27/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 486,397
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Annie’s is part of the third-generation Muselman family business, founded in 1925 and long known for original craft designs including crochet, knitting, card making, paper crafts, beading, sewing, quilting, and needlework. Annie’s books are sold through independent retailers and major chain stores worldwide. They are headquartered in Berne, Indiana.

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Coloring Techniques for Card Making

Popular Coloring Techniques to Use with 60+ Fun Projects!


By DRG, Tanya Fox, Matthew Owen

DRG

Copyright © 2010 DRG
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-59635-460-9



CHAPTER 1

Colored-Pencil Techniques


The craving for color is a natural necessity just as for water and fire. Color is a raw material indispensable to life. At every era of his existence and his history, the human being has associated color with his joys, his actions and his pleasures."

— Frenand Leger


If the idea of trying to blend color using a brush and water makes you skittish, perhaps a better medium to start with would be colored pencil. A quick look at the difference in pencil qualities as well as how the quality of the colored pencils used will affect the outcome of the finished piece, will help you decide which type of colored pencil is best suited for this technique.

The "lead" or core of a colored pencil is comprised of a mixture of pigment, wax and fillers. The ratio of color pigment to wax and filler depends heavily on the quality of colored pencil used. Typically, artist-quality colored pencils have a higher pigment to wax and filler ratio. The "leads" tend to be softer, and you can control the amount of color you apply to your image simply by how much pressure you apply when coloring with them. While the technique demonstrated, and many of the samples shown, will be utilizing artist-quality colored pencils, use what you have on hand for learning these techniques. If you only have "craft quality" colored pencils, the biggest difference you will notice is that the pigment to wax and filler ratio is much lower, causing the leads to be harder. When coloring with craft-quality colored pencils you will find that they do not leave as much pigment and often need additional layers and applications of color to achieve the depth of color you are looking for.

The wax-based "leads" of colored pencils can be broken down using a blending agent called artistgrade odorless mineral spirits (OMS). The color can then be blended or moved along the surface of the paper using a tool called an artist blending stump. A blending stump is a tool formed of compressed paper pulp. The pulp is pressed into a dense tube and sharpened at both ends. It can be sharpened and cleaned using a sanding block or sandpaper pad. When looking for artist blending stumps, do not be fooled into purchasing tortillions. Tortillions are also used for blending, but they are tightly wrapped, hollow, paper blending instruments. And while they are created for blending, they will not soak up the blending agent the way a blending stump will; therefore, they will not produce the same outcome.

When working with colored pencils it doesn't really matter what type of ink you use to stamp your image, but you will need a good smooth-surfaced card stock for ease of blending. A good smooth-surfaced card stock with tightly woven fibers allows the pigment to be broken down and blended across the surface, whereas a lesser quality, rougher-surfaced card stock can be difficult to work with because the pigment tends to stay where you put it and will not blend out as nicely.

1. Begin by stamping your image and choosing which colors you plan on working with. It will be helpful to have multiple blending stumps to work with so that you do not have to sand as much between color changes and color applications.

2. Apply a heavy line of color to the left side of the areas you choose to color with your first color.

3. Roll or dip the tip of your blending stump into the odorless mineral spirits (OMS) until it is fully saturated, but not dripping. Note: If you are wary of working with odorless mineral spirits, are pregnant or have an allergy to it, pure baby oil can be used instead for this technique. It must be used sparingly so as to not stain the image you are working on, so a bit of experimentation should be done to find out just how much oil is needed to break down the wax and fillers in the colored pencil leads.

4. Using small circular motions, blend the color into the open white area of the image.

5. Using a sanding block or sandpaper pad, clean the first color off the tip of your blending stump before applying and blending the next color.

6. Apply and blend additional colors as shown, repeating steps 2-5 for each color.

7. Once you have colored your image, reapply a second layer of color to deepen the saturation until the desired color level is reached. Again, blend just as before using blending stumps and OMS.

8. Apply a thick line of color all the way around the inner edge of the frame image.

9. As a finishing touch, use a larger, fatter stump and OMS to blend the color inward toward the fish image. Be sure to stop just before reaching the fish to allow for a small halo of white to remain. This will cause the fish image to really "pop" and stand out.

Use your colored image to create your finished project.


Happy Birthday Fishes

Design by Keri Lee Sereika


Materials

• Card stock: green, light green, dark blue, white, cream

• Summer Soiree Beach House double-sided printed paper

• Stamp sets: Just Keep Swimming, Tag, You're It!, Lovely Labels

• Chalk ink pads: blue, black

• Colored pencils: chartreuse, aquamarine, indigo blue, true blue

• Odorless mineral spirits

• Blending stumps

• Sandpaper pad

• Brads: 4 silver round, 2 blue rhinestone decorative

• 22 inches 5/8-inch-wide green/white dot ribbon

• Die templates: Labels One (#S4-161), Labels Four (#S4-190), Classic Scalloped Squares SM (#S4-129)

• Die-cutting machine

• Piercing tool

• Adhesive foam squares

• Paper adhesive


Form a 6 x 6-inch top-folded card from green card stock. Cut a 5 5/8 × 5 5/8-inch square of printed paper. Adhere argyle side faceup to dark blue card stock; trim a small border. Adhere centered to card front.

Cut a 5 1/8 × 5 1/8-inch square of printed paper. Adhere floral side faceup to dark blue card stock; trim a border. Wrap ribbon around square as shown; tie a bow; trim ends. Pierce two holes in upper right corner of square; attach blue rhinestone brads. Using foam squares, attach panel to card front as shown.

Using Classic Scalloped Squares SM die template, die-cut a 3 1/8 x 3 1/8-inch scalloped square from light green card stock. Pierce a hole in each corner of scalloped square and attach silver round brads.

Using Labels One die template, die-cut a 2 7/8 × 2 7/8-inch label from white card stock. Using blue ink, stamp label frame onto label. Stamp fish onto label with black ink. Color fish and label background with colored pencils, using mineral spirits and blending stump to blend colors. Using foam squares, attach to scalloped square. Attach to card front with foam squares.

Using Labels Four die template, die-cut a 7/8 × 1 3/8-inch label from cream card stock. Stamp "happy birthday!" onto label with blue ink. Use foam squares to attach label to lower left area of card front.

Sources: Card stock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; printed paper from Fancy Pants Designs; stamp sets from Gina K. Designs; chalk ink pads from Clearsnap Inc.; colored pencils from Prismacolor; die templates from Spellbinders™ Paper Arts.


You're Too Cool!

Design by Keri Lee Sereika


Materials

• Card stock: brown, dark brown, light green, white

• Double-sided printed papers: Report Card Science Fair, Farm Fresh Chicken Coop

• Stamps: Bug Hammock, Too Cool

• Black chalk ink pad

• Colored pencils: jasmine, lime peel, deco blue, light cerulean blue, violet blue, peach, light umber, deco aqua, French grey 30%

• Odorless mineral spirits

• Blending stumps

• Sandpaper pad

• 5 small copper brads

• Copper photo hanger

• 3 inches 5/8-inch-wide aqua/white dot satin ribbon

• Large Labels die templates (#S4-168)

• Die-cutting machine

• Sewing machine with cream thread

• Piercing tool

• Clear glitter glue

• Adhesive foam squares

• Adhesive dots

• Paper adhesive


Form a 4½ × 6¼-inch side-folded card from brown card stock.

Cut a 4¼ × 2½-inch piece of Science Fair paper. Cut a 4¼ × 3¾-inch piece of Chicken Coop paper. Adhere printed papers together so they form a 4¼ × 6-inch paper panel. Using sewing machine, zigzag-stitch paper panel to card front as shown.

Cut a 4 1/8 × ¾-inch strip of light green card stock, adhere to card front over paper seam. Pierce two holes on each end of card-stock strip; attach brads.

Die-cut a 3 × 2 3/8 -inch label and a 1 1/8 × 7/8-inch label from white card stock. Stamp Bug Hammock onto larger label; color with colored pencils. Use mineral spirits and blending stumps to blend colors. Detail bug's wings with glitter glue. Adhere to dark brown card stock, trim a small border. Using foam squares, attach label to card front as shown.

Stamp "You're too cool!" onto smaller label; pierce a hole through top of label. Slide a brad through photo hanger and through label hole; secure brad closed. String ribbon through photo hanger; tie knot and trim ends. Using foam squares, attach label to lower right corner of card front. Secure bow with an adhesive dot.

Sources: Card stock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; printed papers from October Afternoon; stamps from Inky Antics; chalk ink pad from Clearsnap Inc.; colored pencils from Prismacolor; die templates from Spellbinders™ Paper Arts.


Baby's Window

Design by Kathy Menzies


Materials

• Card stock: white, light blue, light green, off-white

• Printed papers: floral striped floral, brown, pink

• Stamps: Animals in Window, Bitty Baby Blessings set

• Dye ink pads: light blue, black

• Colored pencils: blush pink, lime peel, bronze, cloud blue, cool grey 10%, cool grey 50%, cream, sandbar brown, light umber, ginger root, espresso, light ultramarine, rose carmine, blue violet, dark violet, lemon cadmium

• Odorless mineral spirits

• Blending stumps

• Sandpaper pad

• White sprinkles

• 14 inches 1½ -inch-wide green/white dot grosgrain ribbon

• Large white button

• White thread

• Punches: Scalloped Tag, 1/16-inch hole

• Flower Soft Glue

• Glitter glue

• Double-sided tape

• Adhesive foam tape

• Paper adhesive


Form a 5¼ × 5¼-inch top-folded card from white card stock.

Cut a 5 × 5-inch square of floral striped paper. Cut a 5 × 2-inch strip of brown printed paper and a 5 × 1¾-inch strip of pink printed paper. Adhere pink strip to brown strip. Wrap a 7-inch length of ribbon around layered strip; secure ribbon ends to back. Adhere layered strip to floral striped square 1½ inches above bottom edge. Adhere square to light blue card stock; trim a small border. Adhere to card front.

Cut a 2 7/8 × 3 5/8-inch rectangle from off-white card stock. Using black ink, stamp Animals in Window image onto rectangle; color with colored pencils. Blend colors using mineral spirits and blending stumps. Add glitter glue to cloud. Apply Flower Soft Glue to bunnies' tails; add white sprinkles.

Adhere stamped rectangle to light green card stock; trim a small border. Using foam tape, attach rectangle to light blue card stock; trim a small border. In the same manner, attach layered rectangle to card front, as shown.

Form a bow with remaining ribbon by folding ends to middle of length and overlapping ends. String button with thread; wrap thread around center of bow and tie a knot. Using double-sided tape, attach bow to right side of card front as shown.

Stamp "Bitty Blessing" onto white card stock with light blue ink. Using tag punch, punch stamped area. Punch hole through top of tag; insert thread through hole. Wrap thread around thread on back of button; tie knot. Trim ends.

Sources: Card stock from Paper Temptress, Papertrey Ink, and Memory Box; printed papers from BasicGrey; stamp from Rubbernecker Stamp Co.; stamp set from Papertrey Ink; white sprinkles and Flower Soft Glue from Flower Soft Inc.; colored pencils from Prismacolor, Faber-Castell USA Inc. and Lyra; Scallop Tag punch from Martha Stewart Crafts; glitter glue from Ranger Industries Inc.


Fairy Thanks

Design by Jeanne Streiff


Materials

• Card stock: white, metallic gold, dark brown

• Stamps: Black-Eyed Susan Fairies, Note-Ables set

• Dye ink pads: black, brown

• Glitter pens: lemon, clear

• Colored pencils: light peach, sunburst yellow, yellow-orange, chestnut, chocolate, moss green, warm grey 30%, warm grey 50%, white

• Odorless mineral spirits

• Blending stumps

• Sandpaper pad

• 4 gold flat-back metal beads

• Die templates: Standard Circles LG (#S4-114), Classic Scallop Circles LG (#S4-124)

• Die-cutting machine

• Craft sponge

• Adhesive foam squares

• Paper adhesive


Form a 4¼ × 5½-inch top-folded card from white card stock. ink edges brown. Cut a 2 × 5 1/8-inch strip of metallic gold card stock; adhere to left side of card front. Adhere gold beads to card front, two to upper left corner and two to lower left corner.

Using black ink, stamp fairy and flower image onto white card stock. Die-cut stamped area with a 3¼-inch circle die template; with die template still in place, sponge brown ink onto circle. Color image with colored pencils, blending colors with mineral spirits and blending stumps; accent with glitter pens.

Die-cut a 3 5/8-inch scalloped circle from dark brown card stock. Adhere stamped circle to scalloped circle; attach to card front as shown. Using brown ink, stamp "Thanks!" onto lower right corner of card front.

Sources: Card stock from Couture Cardstock; stamps from Stamp N Plus Scrap N; Spica glitter pens from Imagination International Inc.; colored pencils from Prismacolor; die templates from Spellbinders™ Paper Arts.


Special Friend

Design by Asela Hopkins


Materials

• Card stock: green, ivory, tan

• Postcards from Paris Romantique Chic double-sided printed paper

• Fruitful Harvest stamp set

• Ink pads: black fast-drying, brown dye

• Markers: yellow-green, anise, pale lilac

• Colored pencils: white matches, marine green

• Odorless mineral spirits

• Blending stumps

• Sandpaper pad

• Craft sponge

• Piercing tool and template

• Adhesive foam dots

• Paper adhesive


Form a 4 × 9 1/8-inch side-folded card from green card stock; ink edges brown. Cut two 4 × 2¼-inch rectangles from printed paper. Using piercing tool and template, pierce a line of holes 3/s inch from one long edge of both rectangles. Adhere to card front as shown.

Cut a 3¼ × 5 1/8-inch rectangle from tan card stock; ink edges brown. Pierce holes in four corners. Stamp grapes with black ink onto tan rectangle; color with markers. Detail grapes and center of leaves with colored pencils, using mineral spirits and blending stumps to blend colors. Outline grapes with anise marker. Using black ink, stamp "Special friend" under grapes.

Cut a 3½ × 5½-inch piece of ivory card stock; ink edges brown. Adhere stamped rectangle to ivory rectangle. Using foam dots, attach rectangle to card front as shown.

Sources: Card stock and stamp set from Gina K. Designs; printed paper from Webster's Pages; Palette fast-drying ink pad from Stewart Superior Corp.; colored pencils from Prismacolor; Copic markers from Imagination International Inc.


Jeweled Peony

Design by Kathy Menzies


Materials

• Card stock: white, off-white, dark purple, sage green

• Wisteria printed papers: Finch, Garden Patio

• Stamp sets: In Bloom, With Sympathy, Very Vintage Labels No. 5

• Dye ink pads: brown, olive green, purple

• Watermark ink pad

• Clear embossing powder

• Colored pencils: raspberry, black cherry, cream, green gold, olive green yellowish

• Odorless mineral spirits

• Blending stumps

• Sandpaper pad

• 6 inches 5/8-inch-wide purple grosgrain ribbon

• Punches: Flourish Edge, Sunburst Border

• Die templates: Labels Five (#S4-229), Long Classic Rectangles SM (#S4-144)

• Die-cutting machine

• Embossing heat tool

• Glitter glue

• Adhesive foam tape

• Paper adhesive


Form a 6 × 6-inch top-folded card from white card stock. Using Flourish Edge punch, punch center on each edge of card front except for top edge.


(Continues...)

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Table of Contents

Contents

Colored-Pencil Techniques,
Happy Birthday Fishes,
You're Too Cool!,
Baby's Window,
Fairy Thanks,
Special Friend,
Jeweled Peony,
Blue Hydrangea,
Pixie Thinking of You,
Fond Memories,
Simple Argyle,
Daisies & Roses,
Meowy Christmas,
Beary Happy Birthday,
True Friend,
Watercolor Techniques,
Hap-bee Day,
Duet Hi,
Shopping Granny,
Warm Fuzzies,
Thank You Butterflies,
Chickadee,
Tender Thoughts,
Floral Trio,
Thank You,
We Heard the Buzzzz,
For You,
Heartfelt Sympathy,
A Little Something,
Secret Fishing Spot,
Stargazer Lilies,
Vintage Christmas,
Marker Technique,
Pineapple Welcome,
Geranium Get Well,
Swing By Sometime,
Dogwood Sympathy,
Friends See Heart to Heart,
Sharing a Cookie,
Thanks,
Special Delivery,
Birthday Bloomers,
Enjoy the Ride,
I Will Sing,
Make a Wish,
Garden Thanks,
Ornamental Joy,
Birthday Wishes,
Sweet Peas,
Fall Floral,
Beyond the Basics,
Designers List,
Buyer's Guide,

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patkay More than 1 year ago
This shows in detail different techniques which are necessary for really successful professional looking cards. Instructions and illustrations are easy to understand and easy to see.