Thursday, April 5, 2018


Hello! MFT has an awesome new feature named TIPS AND TRICKS. This is an opportunity for the participating design team members to share our tips and tricks with you. Don't you think this is a fabulous idea?

Today, I'm going to be sharing tips on no-line coloring and adding feathers to stamped images. Before I do that, I'm going to share a card I made using the new April release, A Tweet Hello stamp set along with Garden Gate and Birdbath Die-namics.

To begin, I stamped the images with Gray Cement Hybrid Ink on Neenah paper and colored them with Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils. More details will be given in the Tips and Tricks section.

To create the front panel, I die-cut Bristol Paper with a frame die from Blueprints 27 Die-namics. I inked the panel using Cotton Candy Premium Dye Ink, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks. After, I spritzed it with water and added splatters with Cotton Candy Ink mixed with water. Once the panel dried, I embossed the sentiment in white.

I die-cut the Garden Gate Die-namics with white cardstock. I then die-cut the Birdbath Die-namics with Sno Cone cardstock and inked the edges with Blu Raspberry Premium Dye Ink. To finish, I adhered the images and the die-cuts with double sided adhesive and foam mounting tape as shown. Now onto the tips...

For no-line coloring, stamp the bird with Cement Gray Hybrid ink on Neenah paper. I suggest you add in the eyes and the outline of the nose with a Copic friendly brown pen in the beginning so that they don't disappear once you add the markers. I used a Copic Multiliner 0.05 in Sepia. Before you start coloring, make sure the pen is dry or it will smear. 

Before I start coloring, I like to find areas of shadow and outline them with the darkest Copic color I'm planning on using.

Color the image as you would normally do. I went from dark to light, pretending the light source was on my right side. I colored the line on the wing by the tail too dark, so I fixed that later with a white gel pen.

I colored the beak and outlined the feet with the Sepia pen. 

Find colored pencils that are similar to the Copic marker colors you used. Add little lines as feathers, and you can mix the colors as you see fit. Make sure to add strokes that go outside the lines too.

You can use a thin white gel pen to add more lines for contrast. I also used the white pen to fix and lighten the outline of the wing. To finish, I used the Sepia pen again to fix the uneven eyes and make them darker. There you have it! I hope my tips were helpful.

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  1. Nice post!!

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  2. What a wonderful card and thanks for the tips and trucks. I love them and are going to try it. Greeting Marja

  3. WOW! What a great post! Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. Very helpful Amy! Your work is incredibly beautiful.

  5. Great tips Thankyou I'm sure these tips will come In very handy. Xxx

  6. Thanks for the tip! love your work too!