Hello everyone! Emma with My Creative Time has created a fun new segment called "Show Me Your Technique". Every Tuesday, 3 members of the MCT ~ Design Team will have a mini blog hop where hopefully you will learn all kinds of new stuff! I remember when I was brand new to the world of paper crafting, I searched all over the internet for fun tips and techniques - always ready to learn something new. So hopefully this will be fun and exciting for you. You should have arrived here from Amy's blog, if not make sure you go back there so you can start at the beginning.
TECHNIQUE: How to use Odorless Mineral Spirits with your colored pencils.
For all of you who may be intimidated by all the fancy markers out there now, this technique is for you. I learned it last year from a sweet Cricut Circle member named Sandy. And I've also seen Nikki from Scrappin' Navy Wife use it too.
Here are the supplies you will need:
You can find Odorless Mineral Spirits at Walmart in the spray paint section. In order to make it easier to use, I have this smaller bottle, which I got in the spice section at Target. (Since I don't cook...LOL...I just poured out the spice and poured in the liquid). I have Prismacolor ~ Pencils, but any brand you have will do. And in the bottom left corner of the picture are these little pencil like thingies called Tortillons. You can get these at Michaels or Joanns in the art section.
- Stamp the image of your choice. (I use black ~ Ranger Archival Ink).
- Color in the image with your colored pencils. (For my images today I colored fairly lightly, but you can color darker if you want).
- Take your Tortillon and dip the tip of it into the Odorless Mineral Spirits.
- Then, use the Tortillon and go back over the coloring - using the same motion just like you were using the colored pencil . (I use a different Tortillon for each color).
- Periodically, you will need to keep dipping the Tortillon into the Odorless Mineral Spirits and continue as before.
What you will notice is that the color will become much deeper and richer, as well as look a little smoother. Here are some before and after images:
BEFORE. These cute little snowmen are from the My Creative Time ~ All Around Accessories stamp set.
AFTER. Can you see the difference? I used the Odorless Mineral Spirits on the snowman on the left.
BEFORE. This cute couple is from the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Faceless Christmas Heads. Their sweet little faces are from the Peachy Keen Stamps ~ Winter Wonderland Face Assortment.
DURING. Here is a mid-action shot.
AFTER. Isn't the difference amazing? And it's so much easier than using those fancy markers AND much cheaper too!!!
BEFORE. These little Santa coats are also from the My Creative Time ~ All Around Accessories stamp set.
AFTER. Once again, you can see the richer and smoother look. I love it!!!
Here is the final product. Super cute! I just love them all. These are all the brand new My Creative Time ~ Card Sentiments with Fancy Tri-fold Card.
The paper for this card is from the Recollections ~ Sugar Plums stack. I used some pop dots behind the snowman. I also added some Glossy Accents to his hat. The crinkle ribbon is from my stash. I used Versamark ~ Watermark Ink and White ~ Stampendous Embossing Powder to heat emboss the sentiment. Inside is a yummy Ghirardelli Chocolate!
The paper for this card is from the Recollections ~ Jingle Bells stack. I used some pop dots behind the little snowlady. And I added some Glossy Accents to her hat. The pretty twine is The Twinery ~ Pink Sorbet twine.
The paper for this card is from the Recollections ~ Sugar Plums stack. I used some pop dots behind the Santa coat. I added Star Dust ~ Stickles for some sparkle. And the bow is made with white ~ DMC floss.
Here are some final comparison photos:
Well, that's it my creative friends. I hope you learned something new. Don't be afraid to try it. It's super fun and super easy. And it's just a little something extra to make your projects really pop!!! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me. :)
Your next stop in the hop is Cathryn. Happy crafting!