Ever since she was much smaller, I have watched scrapbooking and card-making videos with my daughter at lunchtime. It gave me a bit of a break from talking so that I could eat, and it was entertainment for both of us. V has absorbed a lot of technique just by watching (she actually attempts to apply the techniques when she watercolors and stamps!). Recently, we watched a video by Jennifer McGuire that shows a technique for coloring stamped and embossed images with pigment inks. You use your finger to apply and blend the colors…and as I watched the video with V, I realized that I had everything I needed for us to try it ourselves.
The next chance I got, I stamped and embossed a number of images that lent themselves to coloring. A little bit later, V and I sat down at the table with my collection of pigment inks and we “finger colored!”
Shortly afterward, a friend of mine had a birthday, and it was the perfect opportunity to use one of my colored images on a card.
I’ve had this “engraved flower” stamp from Hero Arts for a number of years now, and until now I didn’t have a way to color it that met my satisfaction! I love this technique: it gave me the beautiful blending I hoped for without me having to buy expensive markers or other supplies. Hooray!
I finished off this simple design with a doily (how could I resist!) and a little bow made from crochet thread.