Marker Madness Continues: Coloring 101

Just received my Free Sale-A-Bration Merci Stamp set and decided it was a good day to play again with my Stampin’ Up! markers (on sale now through Feb. 17)!  The colors are inspired by this week’s Splitcoast Color Challenge CC153, Kraft, Green Galore and Tempting Turquoise. 

The card base is Kraft with some marker doodles around the edges.  Green Galore took a ride through my Cuttlebug and Swirl Embossing Folder, then was adhered to Tempting Turquoise.  The Merci "daisy" flower image was inked in turquoise and stamped on Kraft card stock for the banner. 

The main image was stamped in Versamark, dusted with Black Embossing Powder and Heat Embossed.  TIP #1:  This creates a wonderful outline for coloring in with your markers (if you’re like me and obsess about staying in the lines).  TIP #2:  Start with the light colored marker first.  It’s much easier to touch up with the dark used after the light.  TIP #3:  Kraft paper works especially well with coloring in solid areas with markers.  The deeper the hue (for example, Real Red shades perfectly in Kraft) the more consistent the color.  Green Galore left a little bit of "striping" but I think it works well with this casual image. 

A Paper Piercer adds a little accent at the top and bottom.  My pal the Horizontal Slot Punch "magically" turns the image into a ribbon slide.  I ran some Non SU black stitched ribbon through and attached a green and turquoise mat.

The final touch is easy, schmeezy.  I used the Tagger’s Dozen set and 3 markers.  Starting with the Green Galore marker (the lightest, remember Tip #2 above), I colored the "o" and "e" in love.  A Tempting Turquoise marker jazzed the heart, and the letters "l" and "v."  I then used black to color the remaining dots.  A couple of huffs of breath to keep things moist and you create a an easy tri-colored image.  The large and small tag punches shaped things up.  The Horizontal Slot Punch got an encore and partnered up with a little more black stitched ribbon.

Hugs and Pretties . . . Mary

P.S.  Look what I was awarded from FancyNancyLoves2Stamp!  I’m so excited and flattered!

Stamp Sets:  Merci (Sale-A-Bration, 111407), Tagger’s Dozen (108303)
Paper: Kraft (102125), Tempting Turquoise (102167), Green Galore (101768)
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise Ink Pad (100814) and Marker (100058), Green Galore Marker (100048), Black Marker (100082), Versamark (102283)
Cool Tools:  Tag Punch (105934), Small Tag Punch (108264), Horizontal Slot Punch (105089), Paper Piercer and Template (Crafter’s Tool Kit, 104310), Heat Tool (100005)
Perfect Touches:  Black Embossing Powder (1091330 Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Swirl Embossing Folder, Non-SU Black Stitched Ribbon


  1. you bet you were rewarded with that!! excellent for sure!! i’ve been away for a baby came…she’s beautiful…and her name is ruby!:) so i’m holding her cruising the things i’ve missed the last week or so….love your stuff girl!! keep it coming! my mom just brought a box of new su goodies for me…can’t wait to bust them out!!

  2. colleen kramer

    Very nice! When I heard the color combo challenge, I wasn’t sure…but this really works! tfs

  3. I love the spring-y colors. Very cute.

  4. What a lovely card. So cute.

  5. Oh, so very pretty!! I LOVE the black with it Mary!

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