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Design Team Tips: Adding Detail with Markers

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Markers and pens are a great way to add detail to solid stamps, or to change the look of your stamps!  I altered the look of some of our multi-step florals by stamping only the solid layer, then using pens to add my own details.  It’s a great way to be able to mix and match flowers and leaves from different sets that otherwise might not “go” together.  Pens are also a great way to add other textures such as plaids and polka dots! 

I put together a few projects for you today using this idea of adding your own details with pens and markers.

My first card pairs the Bold Blossoms set, which was released quite a while ago, with the new Stitching Garden set.  These aren't two floral sets that I at first glance would pair up, but by using just the solid layers of the images from both sets, and adding my own details, I was able to make them into something that works great together!

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I used two different kinds of pens on all of my projects today - the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens and the Zig Clean Color brush tip markers.  They're great for different things.  The Fineliners are just that...very fine, while the Zig pens have a brush tip.  It just depends on what kind of detailing you want to add and what works best for you.  I even mixed the two while coloring on the a single diecut.  Copics might be another option, however I hesitate to use them for this technique because you're coloring over the ink of the stamped image, and that can sometimes ruin the tips of Copics.

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Here I used the zig pens to add the detail to the blooms, but I used the Fineliners for the finer details like the dots in the centers of the white flowers, and also for some of the details on the leaves.  I snuck in a little bit of the Floral Sketches stamp set in this bouquet too - the white flowers in the background are from that set, stamped with Fresh Snow ink, then detailed with the pens.

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 My next card uses the Corner Adorner: February set.  The florals in this set are single-step florals, but you can easily add shading and detail to the images using this technique.

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This technique can also give a more artsy, hand-drawn look to your stamped images.  The detail I added to the small blue flowers is just kind of free form and doodle-y.  
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I layered two of the Corner Adorner flowers over a Tag Sale: Quilted diecut and stamped a sentiment from the Kindness Counts set.  I trimmed the card down to a 4-1/4" square size for something a little different.

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 My last card uses this same technique, but with something besides flowers.  Here I added plaid and dotted textures to stamped circles for a bright and fun birthday card.

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I started by stamping the "celebrate" circle from the Splat set, then used the solid planet stamps from the Out of This World kit to stamp the rest of the circles.  The add the details, I started with the fineliner pens and a ruler to do the darker lines, then went back and added the thicker, lighter lines freehand with the Zig brush pens.

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I cut my stamped panel using the largest stitched rectangle fro the Noted: Scalloped A2 die set and attached it to a card base that had been sponged with Orange Zest and Raspberry Fizz inks, and also spritzed with water for some texture.  A few sequins add a little sparkle and finish it off.

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This was a fun experiment and I look forward to doing more of it.  I hope you'll give it a try - your strokes don't have to be perfect, mine are far from it, but it's fun to play around with!  Have a great weekend and be sure to find some crafty time!

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