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Peonies with a Touch of Gold

 Hello my fabulous friends!

Kassi here, and I’m back with another guest design project! Today I’m mixing watercolors and foil again, for an elegant look that is SUPER easy to achieve! Let’s take a look!

Today I’m working with the absolutely beautiful With Love, Peonies digi stamp. Isn’t it a stunning floral?!?!

I printed this GORGEOUS peony image onto some Bristol Smooth cardstock using a laser printer. From there, I did some super basic watercoloring.  One of thing about watercolors is that imperfections can add to the overall effect… so don’t overthink it! Just have fun!

Bristol is technically a paper designed to be used with pen and ink, not watercolors, so it can’t handle too much water or overworking the areas. If you are using traditional watercolors, you’ll want to keep that in mind. My printer doesn’t like printing on my nice thick watercolor paper though, so I make do with this.

After everything was completely dry, I ran it through my  laminator with some gold heat reactive foil. The foil sticks to the toner lines, giving a beautiful foiled outline to the flowers. 

One thing I noticed when foiling on Bristol cardstock is that when you have really thin lines, sometimes part of the line will flake off.. I think this is because the toner can’t set as well into the Bristol paper, so sometimes it flakes off a little instead of just adhering the foil… however, I really like the slightly distressed look. It makes it twinkle when it hits the light instead of just flash! So embrace the imperfections!

Thanks for letting me share some watercolored inspiration with you this month! Be sure to check out Evelin T Designs website to see the full line of clear and digital stamps, as well as lots more amazing inspiration! 

hugs!
~Kassi

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Happy Birthday Critters

 Hello my fabulous friends!

My name is Kassi Hulet, and I’m so excited to be guest designing here this month!

If you are familiar with my work, you may have noticed that I love watercoloring animals and flowers using the no line technique.  That love made this image absolutely perfect for me… 

This is the adorable  Sending Joy digital stamp. Isn’t it super sweet?!

I knew I wanted to  do some no line coloring with this image, and I also wanted to do some foiling… to do this, I created two layers of the image in photoshop.  The first layer I set the opacity to about 12% (this creates the very light lines that seem to disappear once colored. For the second layer, I selected just the words, and left that layer at 100% opacity so the ink would nice and dark there.

I printed onto some Bristol Smooth cardstock using a laser printer, and colored the whole piece using Zig Clean Color markers. I love these adorable animals and wanted to keep them super soft and sweet… 

You can obviously stop here, and it looks fabulous, but I wanted to add just a little extra pop…

I ran the image through my laminator with a little gold foil… Where the toner from the printer is full strength, the foil sticks beautifully, and where the toner is only at 12%, it is too weak to foil.  This makes selective foiling like this a breeze! 

Be sure to check out all the other fabulous clear and digi stamps over at Evelin T Designs! I’ll be back later this month with another project featuring another one of my favorite Evelin T Designs images!

See you soon!

~Kassi

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Be Still and Know | Guest Designer Mayra

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!! Mayra here from Mayras Designs. I am so happy to be back with another post as a guest designer for the wonderful Evelin T Designs Digital Stamps. This week, I created a set of three cards to share with you using the super beautiful Floral Banner digital stamp. I loved coloring these images. On one of the images, I printed it with a lighter outline to give the no-line coloring appearance. This digital stamp comes with several sentiments and I chose the sentiment ‘Be Still and Know’.

To color the images, I used Copic markers. Firstly, to color the green areas, I used two different tones of greens. On some of the leaves, I used G29, YG67, YG17, YG25, and YG01. As for the olive green, I used BG90, YG91, BG93, YG99, YG97, and BG96. To achieve the layered burgundy color, I used RV34, RV69, R89, R59, RV66, and RV95. Lastly, for the pink/peach, R32, R30, and R00 was used.

For the base of my cards, I used Distress Oxide ink to add color to them. The colors I used are Speckled Egg and Tumbled Glass. I then added a couple of white splatters to each of them. To finish my cards, I added foam tape to the back of each colored image and adhered it to them to the card bases.

I hope you enjoy the cards I created and feel inspired to create. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you each have a wonderful and blessed day. I would also love to thank Evelin for inviting me to be a guest designer and the opportunity to create with her gorgeous images.

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No Line Coloring with Digital Stamps

Hallo friends, Happy Mid-week to you! I hope you had the chance to read the email we sent out yesterday and if you are not on our mailing list, head on over to our website to sign up. We promise we won’t spam your inbox because we know how that feels 🙂

If you are on our mailing list, you would know that we just launched 4 new Digital Stamp sets. Today, I am showcasing Cute Is Just My Cover with a no-line coloring tip for digital stamps.

No line coloring is a popular technique for stamping. At first, it didn’t occur to me that we can do this technique with digital stamps too. However, I have been coloring my hand-drawn illustrations without inking the outlines lately which creates a ‘no line coloring technique’ effect. That got me thinking if I could do this with our digital stamps as well.

Then one day, in the shower… yes, in the shower.. I got an idea I could try! I get a lot of my best ideas and ‘Ah-hah moments’ in the shower. Anyone else? No, just me? Haha.

And you know what? It is so easy to create no line coloring images digitally and I will show you how and why I think so.

This is how:

Adjust the opacity level of the image to about 20%

To create no line coloring, the outline of the images has to be light. We use very light inks to create this in stamping but what about digital stamps? In order to get light printed lines, adjust the opacity down to about 20% in your Photoshop or editing software. This allows you to get a light grey printed image instead of a crisp black image. I tried a test print with 40% opacity and the lines were not light enough.

Below is an image printed with 20% opacity.

Image printed with 20% opacity level

This level of opacity creates prints that are still clear enough to see the lines and light enough to achieve the no line coloring effect. If you want even lighter lines, try dropping to opacity level down to 15% or even 10%.

You can see that the lines are easily drawn over with a colored pencil

But as you can see, I am able to draw over the lines easily with the color of my choice.

The finished No Line Coloring image

The sentiments on the card base is printed with 100% opacity. You can see the difference in the intensity of the black that is printed. To finish off the image, I drew over the eyes with a black ballpoint pen to highlight the eyes and that’s about it.

I’ve shared the how, which is as easy as dropping the opacity of the image before printing it out and now I will share the why.

Why?

Because it is just so easy and convenient. There was no need to buy special ink pads or try out different ink pads (which I did for stamping and unfortunately, they did not produce satisfactory result). This means, you don’t have to spend extra money and end up with ink pads that did not do what you hoped it would do.

Besides, you can buy more stamps with the money saved.. *hint hint* (from our Shop, perhaps?) and it’s good for the environment too! Less waste 🙂

The New Digital Stamp Line Up for August 2020

I hope you find this post useful and will give our Digital Stamps a try with this Digital Stamp No Line Coloring tip.

You can find our entire stamp collection in our SHOP. So head on over now to get yours! We ship very quickly and as for our digital stamps, you get to download them immediately. Talk about instant gratification! 😀

Till next time, happy crafting and smile always!

Evelin