HEY FRIENDS! I’m back today with some news. I was invited to be a guest designer for the next three months over at AALL & Create. They sent me a fabulous box of products including stamps, stencils, dies, and washi tape that I’ll use for design team projects in the coming months. I see lots of mixed media projects in my future!
So today I’m getting my feet wet with a relatively simple project featuring the Crocus clear stamp. However, I’m coloring the viola image from the set because it’s one of my favorite flowers. Plus, I see an opportunity to finally put to use one of my fluorescent Copic markers to create that divine shade of purple.
As always, I’ve linked the supplies below with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
Today’s project features:
- Crocus by AALL & Create
- Scripted Thoughts by AALL & Create
- Lotza Dots 6×6 Stencil by AALL & Create
- Copic coloring (see marker list below)
- Stenciling with Distress Inks
- Additional supplies linked in thumbnails below.
I looked at several images of violas for inspiration and settled on one which of course I can’t find now to show you! But I loved that each set of petals was different, ranging from a deep vibrant purple at the top to a bright but delicate yellow at the bottom.
Purple is a tough color to create with Copics and there are few good color combinations that result in a deep rich color. When I’m stuck on a color combination, there are two Copic artists that I automatically go to for help – Faye Wynn Jones and Elaine Hughes (Marker Geek). The final combination was one featured by Elaine in a Stamping Bella video.
I stamped the Viola image on a Copic friendly paper using Amalgam Ink in Obsidian by Gina K. Designs [SSS | SBP | GKD]. Generally, I use Hammermill 100 lb. Smooth Paper, which has become hard to find now that it’s the preferred paper for foiling. So if you find a supply, grab it!
I colored the image with Copic markers (see list below) and take a look at the combination for the top petals! I finally got to use the fluorescent purple Copic marker that has been languishing in my set since I bought it. In general, I don’t like the fluorescent markers, but when used in conjunction with other markers, FV2 and FB2 can be used to create rich, vibrant purples and blues. In my opinion, they are the only two worth having.
After the coloring was complete, I stenciled lightly around the edges of the card using the Lotza Dots 6×6 stencil by AALL & Create with Distress Oxide Inks in Antique Linen [SSS | SBC | SBP] and Vintage Photo [SSS | SBC | SBP].
Next, I added the Viola word stamp from the set using Versafine Ink in Onyx Black [SSS | SBC | SBP]. I lined up the stamp using my Misti and the Misti Clear Alignment Panels from Taylored Expressions. I love these alignment panels because they make it super easy to stamp sentiments straight on the first try!
So that’s it for me today! Talk to you soon!
COPICS: BV29, V09, V17, FV2 (top petals); B60, B63, B66, B69 (middle petals); Y32, Y35, Y38, YR04 (bottom petals); YG03, YG17, YG67 (leaves)
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