Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team

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April 22, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK and today I am playing around with Ilse and Charlene’s Lady and Gentleman stamp set to create a card, colored only in neutral browns. I just love how an all brown tone project looks, appearing very rustic, and yet somehow really colorful.

Step One: Using both watercolor paper and waterproof ink, stamp both the Lady and Gentleman stamp set and the First Sights of Spring stamp set images onto your paper. My paper is cut larger than my card frame, so I know the edges will still need to be trimmed before turning this into a card.

Step Two: Color the people in the image and different brown tones. I used watercolor pencils, but any watercolor medium would work. Here I have colored in the people like I would if I was using colored pencils.

Step Three: Using clear water, activate the watercolor pencils. Let dry.

Step Four: Finish coloring the rest of the image using your watercolor medium of choice.

Step Five: Again activate the pencil using clean water. Let dry again.

Step Six: Fill in the empty space using one of the Pattern Stencil Pack stencils. I picked the circles stencils and blended Tea Dye Distress Oxide through the stencil.

Step Seven: Trim the watercolor paper to fit an A2 card frame and adhere it to the frame using 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Add craft drops to the project to add more visual interest. I used Metallic Gold Craft Drops to keep the neutral color palette.

Step Eight: Add a sentiment to the project from the Retro Label Sayings stamp set stamped in Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide.

What do you think of a project colored in only one color tone? Do you ever only ever use one value when creating a project? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, happy crafting.

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  • Christine Kiehl April 30, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Love this! very creative!

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