Good morning! Emily Midgett here with you today to share some Kate Spade-inspired lemony goodness. One of my favorite reasons to use the no-line coloring technique is so that you can take a fairly simple image, like the lemon image in the Tea Time stamp set, and with some coloring and subtle shading, you can make them look detailed and realistic. I was recently looking for a gift from Kate Spade and was inspired by the beautiful fruit prints in their spring line. I decided to use the lemon in the Tea Time set with my Polychromos colored pencils to create my own lemony background! Let’s get started with the details.
The first step with no-line coloring is to stamp your image using a very light colored ink. For this project, I used a very pale yellow ink, one that was just dark enough to see the outline for my coloring, but also light enough that the line would disappear after the coloring was completed. I stamped my background pattern, starting by creating the lemon clusters first, then just the single lemons, then adding the leaves. I like to create custom backgrounds by starting with the largest image first, then working my way down to the smallest image, using that smallest image to fill in any holes left in the pattern.
After I had created my background pattern, I colored the lemons using my Polychromos pencils. I like using pencils in particular for no-line coloring, because those pale ink lines really disappear quite nicely beneath the colored pencils. (Sometimes the lines just become more enhanced when using this technique for watercoloring.) I added a die cut sentiment using the Just Because dies cut from white and black card stock, then popped up using dimensional foam adhesive.
After I had added my greeting, I used one of my favorite techniques for adding just that little extra something to a one-layer card front with very detailed colored images: a black frame created with my T-square. I simply used my T-square and a fine black pen to draw a frame about 1/2″ inside the edge of my card front. This helps to draw the eye towards the center of the card, where the greeting is, and the black frame helps tie into the black sentiment.
The final step was to add some Unicorn Rhinestones in coordinating colors to the card front to add a little sparkle and a little dimension to this fairly flat card.
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this project! I love it when I find inspiration from unexpected sources. Where do you get your inspiration? It’s truly everywhere, if you just keep your eyes open! Have a marvelous Friday!!