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What Should I Use to Color in My Stamped Images?

By December 21, 2011Christmas, Techniques

This is a question that I get a lot.  There are so many options: markers, watercolor crayons, watercolor pencils, ink,… and more.  It is really a matter of personal preference and the result that you desire.

Here are two cards that are exactly the same, except one is colored with markers and one is colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and a blender pen.  Scroll down to see close ups and more details about the differences.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Polar Party stamp set (122675 Wood or 122677 Clear)

Ink: Jet Black StazOn ink pad (101406); Certainly Celery (105106), Real Red (100052), Pacific Point (120968), Daffodil Delight (119677), and Soft Suede (120973) Stampin’ Write Markers

Card stock: Whisper White (100730), Real Red (102482), Certainly Celery (105125)

Accessories: Watercolor Wonder CrayonsBrights (119804), Subtles (119802) and Neutrals (119805); Blender Pens (102845), Illuminate Top Coat Accent Ink (121084)

Coloring with Markers

These trees were colored in with the Stampin’ Write Markers.
The markers give a little darker, even color.  Use the brush-tip end of the marker for coloring in larger areas and the fine-tipped end for smaller detailed areas.

Coloring with Watercolor Crayons

These trees were colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and a Blender Pen.
This technique gives you a little more control over the color and allows you to do more shading and get a more “watercolored” look.  Start with the lighter colors, let dry, and then move to darker colors.  Use the tip of the blender pen to pick up color from the end of the watercolor crayon for the smaller detailed areas.

What is your favorite way to color stamped images? 

Please leave a comment and let us know!

Join the discussion One Comment

  • Lori B says:

    I am old school, so I like to use the watercolor pencils. I am working on my skills with the others because they have more color options and match perfectly with the stamp colors (and the pencils do not…they are close).

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