Coloring a flowered dress...

Hello my fabulous friends! 

You know how some days creating comes easy... You can see in your mind what you want, and it's just a matter of actually making it? 

Well, I didn't have one of those days with this project... and that's OK!  It gave me a chance to experiment! And I learned some important info about Hybrid inks... To find out all about that, click HERE to read that part of my tutorial on the LDRS Creative blog.  

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest
Stamps: LDRS Creative Dandelion Wish, Puppy Love
Ink: LDRS Creative Raven; Memento Tuxedo Black; Uniball Signo; Prismacolor Pencil Black
Copics: Dog- W3, W1, W00, R00, E04, W5, W7, W5
Skin- E30, E31, E33, RV42
Hair- E49, E47, E57, E53
Reds- R89, R37, R35
Greens- YG03, YG25, YG67
Yellows- Y18, Y26, YR27, E99
White- C1, C3, C5
Blues- B000, B0000
Other: LDRS Creative Stamping Mask Paper

I shared on the LDRS Creative blog about mixing stamp sets, masking, and stamp care... So on my blog, I want to share how I created the look of patterned paper on this one layer card...

Yep, it is one layer... The flower dress and matching border are all DRAWN in. 

Here's the best part... It's SUPER easy to do!!!

Step 1: Add your shadows. I'm using C5, C3, and C1 for this... Be sure to leave white space so it looks white.  By adding your shadows first, all the layers you put on top of it will already have a built in shadow. This makes creating a pattern easier.

Step 2: Using a lighter color, draw some flower-ish blobs. Don't stress, or over think... just draw some blobs.

Step 3: Using  a dark color, add some curved lines or swirls to the blobs. Keep it tighter in the center of the blob and looser as you move out.. this will make it look like a flower even though you aren't being exact in your shapes or lines. 

Step 4: Use a white gel pen to add in a few little highlights to each flower.. Don't over do it.. a little goes a long way. Follow the same curves as your dark lines so the shape makes sense.

Step 5: To enforce the look of flowers even more, add some leaves. Again, simple shapes, simple lines... we aren't going for realism here, just simple shapes that will read as flowers. 

Step 6: If you want to add some extra dots or doodles, a multiliner is a great choice. They come in a lot of different sizes, and can give you very fine lines. 

To create a matching border for the one layer card, I used a ruler to draw a line with my multiliner. Then I added a drop shadow on one side of the line. I then doodled the same flowers as on the dress using the same colors so it all matches. If you are worried about crossing your line with your doodles, a little low tack tape along your line will give you a buffer. 

This is a fun and easy way to add something fun and different to your coloring! Give it a try!

If you haven't read my post on LDRS Creative, be sure to stop over there and check it out... I learned an important tip on stamp maintenance and hybrid inks that could save  you some headache... 

See you soon!

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