No Line Christmas Robin with Happy Holly-Days For Creating with Kindness Blog Hop.
Earlier this week I shared a vintage style card using the wonderful Happy Holly-Days stamp set. I loved how it turned out, but I also wanted to try using the robin on a brighter card and using the no-line colouring technique. Today I am sharing my first design that hits these.
The key to no-line colouring is to start with a very feint stamped image. The ‘usual’ colour to use is Sahara Sand that is either second or third generation, but you could use So Saffron or Petal Pink for florals, Soft Seafoam for foliage etc. Basically a lighter colour that will fade back when you colour over it. Sahara Sand was my colour choice for this card. For me, I used relatively few Stampin’ Blend colours (listed in the Shopping List below), including Pumpkin Pie for the red breast and Cajun Craze for some extra richness on his back.
I decided to cut both the bird and the holly without a border, this gives a slightly crisper look to the card, although I decided that I would add a border around the Early Espresso ‘Noel’. I really don’t know why I made this choice, but I am happy with it. Rather than adding a white dot to the robin’s eye, I left the white card to come through and coloured around it with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. I added some very thin lines on the beak, wing and tail to emphasis them a little. The other breaks between colours are simply where two colours stop, rather than running together. The easiest way to get this effect is to wait until one area is completely dry before coming in to colour an adjacent area.
The holly berries are coloured with Cherry Cobbler Blends and the leaves are Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen, both with a little help from the Chalk Marker. This really helps to highlight any area that might have light falling on it, especially if the surface is glossy. Of course the robin needs something to perch on, so I added a length of the Early Espresso Faux Suede ribbon which has the advantage of not fraying, so I could cut the end level with the edge of the mat without any concerns.
A few Rhinestone Basic Jewels and some Basic Black Spritzing finished the card off nicely and gave me the clean looking card I was looking for. To compare this against the vintage one I shared earlier this week, simply click HERE
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