Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Gingersnap Creations Challenge - Use Markers!

It's Wednesday, so that means another brand new challenge over at Gingersnap Creations.  This time it's one that I know *many* of you will appreciate..... a Spicy Supply Challenge to Use Markers

Aaaah, we DO love our Copics, those of us who are addicted.... but for this challenge I decided to do something different.  (After all, there are tons of excellent tutorials on Copics out there, and I've never even been to a class!)  I've had this idea swirling around in my head for a while. 

For both the background paper (the damask-looking design) and for the bird, I used a combination of ink pads and water-based markers.  I first inked up the stamp (for the damask I used Desert Sand (Memento), and for the bird I used Baja Breeze (SU!)), then took a brown maker and drew all around the outside edges, as well as into the interior of the design to highlight it.  You can achieve this design on the outside edges of any stamp by doing the "rock and roll" method, where you lightly run a contrasting ink pad around the outside of the image.  But I wanted to get some of the contrasting color into the nooks and crannies in the interior of the image. 

Here's a close-up below that shows what I mean (you can click to enlarge).
As you can see, this is a very imperfect, shabby effect, but that's what I was after.  The damask background image is from Inkadinkado - I just inked, traced the edges, and stamped repeatedly to form the design.  For the sentiment, I inked up the words with Baja Breeze, then touched the bottom edges of the letters with a brown marker.

I used a brown Copic marker to edge both sides of the plain blue seam binding from Martha Stewart, to shabby it up and make it coordinate with the rest of the project.

So... time to get out your markers and play, LOL!  The other gals on the design team have come up with some positively stunning cards to inspire you over at Gingersnap Creations.  If you decide to play along, be sure to link up your project over there for all to see.  Have fun!


Terry said...

Your card is exquisite. Love the coloring and the images are fantastic. Perfect!!

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Such an excellent idea. I only have a few Adirondack markers, so I will give this a try - no Copics or Marveys in my stash. The shabby effect is gorgeous. Really like this. Lynne M x

Zoechaos said...

Great technique thanks for sharing, might have to borrow it sometime. xx zoe

Shar B said...

Wonderful way to use markers to really bring out details! Very cool and gorgeous card!

Lynn Stevens said...

oh I can't believe I haven't been over since wednesday. I glad I didn't miss your gorgeous card though! another masterpiece!

Anke said...

WOW what a wonderful card.

Lynne Phelps said...

What a great look that adds to a stamp that would normally look very crisp with flat color! I will be trying this out for sure!