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Wednesday 21 September 2011

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Sepia colouring with Promarkers Class for the Cardinal Colours Retreat.

The cards I made as samples, and included in the class, taught with Linda at Cardinal Colours Retreat last weekend.

Papers - Basic Grey's Basics Collection
Card Blanks, Card Candi and A4 Digital Smooth White Cardstock - Craftwork Cards
Pens - Promarkers in 5 colours - Satin, Pastel Beige, Sandstone, Cinnamon and Caramel.
Cardstock - Bazzill
Chestnut chalk ink - Colorbox
Tuxedo or Rich Cocoa dye based ink pad - Memento
Stamps - by Joanna Sheen's All Our Yesterdays stamps designed by Faye Whittaker
Punches - Stampin' Up
Ribbon - Cardinal Colours
All available from Jill at Cardinal Colours


1. Stamp your image with Memento Tuxedo Black, fade resistant, dye ink onto Smooth White Digital Cardstock. This is a good combination and means the alcohol based ProMarkers will not ‘bleed’ with the paper or water based ink.

2. Start by colouring the entire image using the SATIN marker.

3. Using the PASTEL BEIGE start shading the Shadowy parts to add some definition. For example the folds and shaded areas of the straw hats, shadow where limbs etc. overlap and areas inside or behind items.

4. Now move to SANDSTONE to deepen the shading a little.

5. To deepen shading further take and highlight some  areas with CINNAMON.

6. Use the SATIN pen again and colour the whole image to blend in any sharp lines between colours.

7. Add touches of CARAMEL in darkest parts to add warmth.

If you wish to continue adding darker shading, add in touches of additional darker shades on brown.

I have also achieved similar (but darker) results using the colour range - Ivory, Tan, Cinnamon, Cocoa and Walnut.

Useful Tip – stamping images a while before you want to colour them, helps to prevent the ink running into the colour.

Instructions for making the five cards included in the class

Lifebuoy Stamp - FW910
Cut a piece of light paper 13.5x14cm, and a dark piece 10x8.5cm. Ink the edges of both pieces with brown chalk ink and place on the square scallop edge card as shown. Ink edges of card.

Sandcastle Stamp - FW911
Cut a piece of light paper 11x15cm. Stick over the front of a top notch card. Trim paper to shape of the card and ink the edges with the brown chalk ink. For this card the corners of the image and greeting are rounded – optional.
Mount image to left of the card and the greeting to top right overlapping the image. Mount with 3D foam pads.

Dolphin Stamp - FW907
Cut a piece of dark coloured paper 18x9cm. Ink the edges with brown ink and stick to an oblong scallop edge card. Line the paper up with the top of the card. Ink edges of card. Attach the image to the left of the card.  Add the greeting to the top right overlapping the image.

Washroom Teddy Stamp - FW908
Cut a strip of dark paper 5x15cm and mount onto a piece of Bazzill 5.5x15cm. Ink the edges with brown ink and mount the paper onto the Bazzill. Stick to an elegant Square card about 2.5cm up from the bottom. Trim ends of Bazzill and paper to shape of card with scissors or craft knife. Ink edges of card.
Mount image centrally and add greeting to bottom right of card.

Bucket and Spade Stamp - FW912
For this card stamp and prepare the small bucket and spade image in addition to the main image and greeting.
Cut some light paper 14.5x14.5cm, ink edges with brown ink. Mount onto a square card. Cut a piece of dark paper 14.5x5cm, and trim with scalloped edge punch and ink the edges. Add this to the top of the card like a canopy. Mount the Large image centrally onto the card tucking the top under the canopy. Add the small image to the bottom right and the greeting to the bottom left.

There were five cards in the class, but six stamps in the series, so I made this easel card using a cream coloured card blank and added some Card Candi.

Postcard Stamp - FW909

Thank you to all who attended the class.

Black and white and colour versions to follow.


Some great feedback from Sue (Mini Owner on her blog) and here are her cards.
Thanks Sue - so pleased you enjoyed the class.

If anyone else wants me to share their cards here, please comment with a link or send me an email and I will add them.

1 comment:

  1. Stunning work Hun, simply stunning. Your colouring is just awesome and these look divine in sepia tones..xxxx


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