Saturday, March 18, 2017

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Markers & Colored Pencils with Kathy Racoosin

Hello everyone! This is Kathy Racoosin and I am super excited to be a guest today. I had so much fun creating a window card using the beautiful stamp & die set called Kind Soul. Florals are my favorite stamps and I am totally in love with this one.

Don’t worry the stamp will be back in stock in early April and it’s totally worth the wait.

If you are following The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge - it’s Day 18, and if you aren’t playing along feel free to get your feet wet and jump in!

Using the Kind Soul stamp as a background and as a focal image reminds me of a pretty piece of fabric or a page out of a coloring book.

Adding vellum to the background gives it a soft elegant look and off sets the dark sentiment banner enhancing the center image.

The background was colored simply and the center flowers were colored with Copic markers and colored pencils accents. My ultimate goal is for everyone to feel successful coloring so I wanted to share another way to color today. Adding colored pencil accents after coloring with Copic markers can make it easier to add shading to your projects.

To begin, I die cut the large floral image from white cardstock and stamped the flowers with Copic friendly ink. Stamp the flowers several times to fill up the background. Color the background with some markers without any shading. When finished use a rag and some Copic Blending Solution to add texture to the background. Dab the rag on to the colored areas and you have instant texture. When dry die cut some vellum and glue onto the background.

Flip the panel over and add some foam adhesive (to the floral background) and add to a folded card base.

Next I stamped the florals again with some copic friendly ink onto a separate piece of white cardstock and die cut it. Again, color the flowers simply with the markers just like the background, without any shading … quick and easy.

Pull out those colored pencils you have tucked away and sharpen the tips. Add some shading to all the flowers and some details with lines. Add dots with a white gel pen to the centers of a few of the flowers.

The sentiment I used is stacked with two lines and I wanted a long sentiment for my card. In the past I would cut the stamp and I saw a trick that Jennifer Mcguire did.

To accomplish this look you want to emboss the entire sentiment (stamping with Versa Mark ink) add your embossing powder and use a brush to brush away the 2nd part of the sentiment “and beautiful soul”. Stamp the sentiment again inking & embossing the sentiment again and this time use your brush to remove the first part of the sentiment “you have a kind” . Trim your cardstock and trim the ends to make a banner.

Add a pop of colored cardstock on the inside and adhere your sentiment with some foam tape.

If you are a visual learner, great news! I have a video of the process over on my blog for Day 18 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge. I'd love for you to stop by! Or you can head directly over to my YouTube channel to see it.

I hope you picked up a tip or two and a big thanks to Wplus9 for letting me share my love of coloring with you.

Have a happy weekend, Kathy

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  1. Such an incredibly stunning card! Absolutely gorgeous!!

  2. Just watched this and it is AH-MAZING! So beautiful and such an informative video!Love that GInormous stamp!

  3. This card is the most beautiful card I've seen in a very long time. Wow! I love all of the techniques and can't wait to try them myself. :-)

  4. Gorgeous card, truly a work of art! Amazing coloring, Thai you for your inspiration.

  5. Wow! WOW!! W*O*W!!!!!!!! GORGEOUS!!!!!

  6. Maybe I lost my comment ! Hmm anyway your card is simply stunning!!!!! Loved the video too! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Such a beautiful card!! Love your coloring, Kathy! Thanks for the video! I'm loving this stamp!

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