Book Review: Coloring Techniques for Card Making

Before I begin this book review, how do you like the new look of my blog? The old pink was just getting too much for me – it was giving me heartburn. So here is a cleaner slate to start a new month and a new post … here goes:

This book is well laid out and it outlines various coloring medium options that opened my eyes beyond my repertoire of watercolor pencils and Copic markers for coloring.

The book is organized by the 3 broad and different coloring techniques:

1) Colored-pencils Techniques

2) Watercolor Techniques

3) Marker Techniques

Within each technique, the author also covers how to use different coloring tools to color. For instance, to achieve watercolor techniques (in section 2), you can use reinkers, ink pads, distress ink, water color pencils, water color crayons, alcohol inks to achieve the water color effect!! It didn’t even occur to me to use more than just water color pencils.

In addition, the author provides step by step instructions on how to used each coloring tool and showcases various projects done of that technique. She also talks about which paper is suitable for each coloring medium.

There could be better photos distinguishing the overall look of the technique used and but I just love how organized the book is laid out and it certainly helps me focus on the technique that I would love to learn more. Great reference for beginners!

And a bonus: I am giving this book away in my blog candy – so put your name in the blue froggy thingy and win this book.


3 patterned paper, 2 buttons, 1 punch & a ribbon …

This is the challenge at The Pink Elephant this week.

I just didn’t realize how difficult it is to make a card with that many elements without it looking like a gaudy and busy mess. But thanks for pushing me beyond my comfort zone … here is my 1st card with so many things squeezed into a tiny little space.

Pumpkin image is from Obsession Impression Peeking Pumpkin. I colored the image using water color pencils. Tag is from Quickutz & a circle punch cut into half.


They made me do it …

It’s too early for Christmas cards but those gals at The Pink Elephant made me do it. They have a recipe challenge – “Favorite Color Combo, Polka Dots and Crinkle Ribbon”. So here is my favorite color combo with polka dots and crinkle ribbon Christmas card.

The little Dolly stamp is from Impression Obsession and colored using Derwent Watercolor Pencils. Have a fun day, even if it’s not Christmas!


Impression Obsession Challenge …

Good morning everyone!

The Impression Obsession pick your Favorite IO Image will be ending in 2 days (May 11, 2011). Be sure to visit their website to view the Design team’s cards as well as cards that customers submit for the challenge. 
I would like to share the card I submitted to the challenge. 

Most of the time, I just buy the stamps that catch my eye. Most of the time, they end up being used once and back to the garage sale table. This Impression Obsession stamp “gift of love” is one of the most versatile ones that I use over and over again for many different occasions. It is colored with Derwent watercolor pencils. I also use part of a flourish from Autumn Leaves for background.

Have a great day and wish me luck in the challenge.