Sunday, March 13, 2016

Dahlia Blooms.

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Have you ever gotten a stamp set and then when you sat down to color it, you just didn't know what colors to use or which medium to color with?  Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the choices.  And sometimes I just long to go back to the basics before I had a room full of options.

I was very excited to get the Dahlia Burst stamp set from Fun Stamper's Journey.  And am anxiously awaiting the die set that allows me to layer without having to fussy cut a lot.
Of course, the first thing I did was google the stamp set, but didn't get as many options as I would have liked, so then I googled the real thing, which led me to Pinterest where I had to create y own Pinterest board, because the color combinations that God has created this flower in seem endless!

I pulled out my copics and colored a couple of cards

And then I pulled out the inexpensive Crayola colored pencils that my kids had used in school years ago and colored this one
But I didn't care for the pencil lines that the colored pencils make, so I used a Tortillion and Baby oil.  Most people use Gamilsol or Mineral Spirits to blend colored pencil drawings, but I didn't have those, and the store I went to last night for one or the other didn't have those, and I was able to get Baby Oil and it smells great :)   
Let me show you what the results are after coloring half the flower:
The oil breaks down the wax in the pencil and blends it all together.  It also deepens the color, so it appears darker after adding the oil, which is the opposite affect that I get when using watercolors.

Here's my final card:

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13 comments:

StampingbugKerry said...

Gorgeous cards! Love the variety and experimentation with your color medium. Such beautiful effects from a variety of tools. I'm not sure which one is my favorite! Thanks for playing in the blog hop this month. Kerry #401

Wilma said...

I'm glad you shared your Gamsol/baby oil technique. I hadn't thought of that for quite awhile, so this is a great reminder that I have all the supplies! I have this dahlia set coming (SOON I HOPE!), so I'm definitely going to give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing. I love your cards.

Heather Flaherty said...

Gorgeous cards, I love how you colored the flowers so bright and vibrant.. Heather #225

Sue G said...

These are stunning cards that you made with one of my favorite stamps!

Angelartistok said...

These are all beautiful! It's so much fun to experiment with coloring.

Karen Schroeder said...

This is one of my favorite stamps! I love how you colored the dahlias. Beautiful cards!

linda said...

This was one of my must haves stamp set! Especially loved the pencil difference I had read about baby oil but was afraid to try it! Thanks for sharing. New coacl#815077

Cindy Dale said...

Love the Dahlia set! Great job!

scrappygurl said...

We did the same blooms, love to color these but yours look so much more vibrant!

Becky said...

I love coloring so I'm not sure why I haven't gotten this stamp yet...soon, very soon. Thanks for the lovely inspiration.

Rosemary Roca said...

Loving the stamp. Beautiful card.

Bertha Mynah said...

Dahlia's are so wonderful, aren't they? Along with Zinnia's, the color combinations seem endless and like you say "Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the choices." **sigh**

Love the Copic coloring but really like the colored pencil the best. I saw a YouTube where it is suggested to use small circular motions to color instead of straight lines when coloring with pencil and keeping the point as sharp as possible (which I do with both sharpener but since i don't like to waste the "lead" I turn the pencil a bit every few strokes to keep the point from getting too flat too quickly). I haven't tried the baby oil blending yet but looks like it yields good results. Thanks for sharing that technique! :D (And for sharing these wonderful cards with this set of stamps. I thought I had enough flower sets of stamps but after seeing these cars, I now know I don't have enough flower sets! LOL!

Sue Berg (using my "Commenting ID")

JaniceAileen said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!