Does coloring images with itsy-bitsy pieces intimidate you? If so, I have a few tips that will help you see that coloring small spaces with alcohol markers can be easy while giving you great results. Today we will use Stampin’ Up! Hanging Gardens stamp set to create a colorful card of encouragement. Of course, this image would also work well for just about any occasion with a change in the sentiment. Let’s get started!
Gather Your Supplies
Here are the supplies I used for my project:
- Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Card Stock 
- Old Olive 8-1/2″ X 11″ Card Stock 
- Pacific Point 8-1/2″ X 11″ Card Stock 
Tools & Adhesive
Coloring Small Spaces with Alcohol Markers
Today we are concentrating on coloring small spaces with alcohol markers, specifically Stampin’ Blends. These are new alcohol markers currently available in 12 Stampin’ Up! colors. Each color combo has both a light and dark shaded marker, each with a brush tip and a fine bullet point tip. Their caps are nice and snug to keep air out to prevent the marker from drying out.
So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty here. I can hear you saying, “I have a bazillion Copic markers, so I sure don’t need any more markers!” Guess what, I said the same thing. But then, I tried them and I like them! The quality is good, they blend well and they are at an excellent price point. So if you use Stampin’ Up! papers and inks, these markers will match perfectly and provide a beautiful coordinating look. Enough of the sales pitch, but you can find out all about the Stampin’ Blends by downloading the brochure HERE.
Choosing Your Colors
Let’s get ready to color by grabbing some markers in your choice of colors. For my card, most of my colors were the light shades of bright colors. You can add shading to your images by
- putting on a second or third layer of the color, like I did with the flowers, OR
- you can use the darker of the color pair. You can see samples of this on the long leaves. OR
- In a few cases, I actually blended two totally different colors, like the old olive and pool party in the succulents on the right of the finished card.
Here is my HINT that some of you are going to find strange: for coloring small spaces with alcohol markers, use the BRUSH end and not the bullet point! What???? You would think that the bullet point provides the finer line, but in actuality the brush tip with a light hand can provide a much finer line. Go ahead, practice on a scrap sheet and compare the two nibs. I’ll wait. Don’t worry, it gets easier very quickly with practice.
Stamping and Coloring
- First, cut a panel from Whisper White cardstock.
- Next, select two or three hanging pot stamps and decide how you would like to lay them out; then stamp them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
- Now using your light hand, color in the flowers and leaves, as well as the potting mix of your flowers. Do not punish yourself if you go out of the lines a little bit. I call it an artistic choice and just move on.
- Once your flowers are complete, go ahead and ground your images by giving them a bit of a background. I just did a quick wash using the light pool party marker.
See, that wasn’t so terribly difficult, was it? Next time you come across a pretty stamp set like Hanging Gardens, don’t skip over it because you think it would just be too difficult to color. You can now handle coloring small spaces with alcohol markers with ease!
Completing the Card
- Cut a piece Pacific Point cardstock 5.5″ x 8.5.” Score and fold in half to make a landscape card base.
- Trim your colored panel to 3.25″ x 4″
- Cut a 3.5″ x 4″ mat of Old Olive.
- Adhere the image to the green, and both to the card base.
- Use the banner in the Cupcake Cutouts Framelits to cut your sentiment,
- If desired, you can decorate the sentiment strip by using the markers to draw in some flowers. I also ran my Night of Navy light marker around the edge of the banner.
- Adhere the banner with Stampin Dimensionals
Remember to use a light hand with your brush tip to get a fine line. Keep practicing, and I would love to see what you accomplish while coloring small spaces with alcohol markers. Please share your project in the comments below or on my Facebook page HERE. Most importantly, make sure you are on my mailing list so you don’t miss any of the exclusive tips and freebies that are exclusive to subscribers. You can find the sign-up form at the top of the right column.