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Quick Coloring with Stencils
Instead of using markers, chalks, colored pencils etc you can use your ink pads to
color in stamps or add shading to solid stamps. It will cut your coloring time in half,
you can get even more use out of your ink pads, and you will just love the look! Here's
- Create a stencil out of glossy cardstock. Always use
Glossy Cardstock for stencils because it is sturdier and holds up better for repeated use.
at your stamp to decide how many colors you will be using. You will need at least one
stencil for each color.
leave at least a 2 inch border around the outside of the paper and between each stencil on
your page so that you dont pull color off the edge or into an adjacent opening.
each stamped image, cut out all of the sections that will be one color with a cutting
knife (Z533). Cut just outside of the stamped line so the color will go all the way to the
a round sponge, make-up wedges, sponge daubers or stipple brush to dab in the color. Just
pick up some color from an ink pad and dab it in the opening in the stencil! It's that
easy. Start light and then add more color to make it the desired intensity. To get darker
colors, rub a makeup wedge across the opening instead of dabbing the color in.
shading to solid stamps
use this technique to add shading to solid stamps complete the following steps as shown in
the following example:
a stencil as directed above. In this example the flower has 2 stencils to allow for
cutting it to the center to create petals. The leaf has 2 stencils also; one for the
outside of the leaf and one to add a vein line to the leaf.
the sunflower in Sunflower ink and then pull a little bit of Autumn Terracotta ink just on
the edges of the stencil to create petal definition. Stamp the leaves in second generation
olive ink. Then add shading (pull just a bit of ink from the edges of the stencil) with
so easy and makes a dramatic difference to your artwork. Here's an example of with and
without shading using quick coloring with stencils.