No, I am not talking about being on design teams for other companies!
I had the honor of being approached to host a challenge up on the demo side of SCS! So if you're a demo, you can participate and you can access the challenge here. (If you don't have access to the demo side of SCS, you won't be able to pull the page up.) But because I love both my demo readers and my non-demo readers, I am going to share the details of the challenge here, including a tutorial! So keep reading even if you aren't a demo!
Today is the start of a new Featured Stamper Challenge in the demo area and they asked ME to do the first one! They said something about me being a BIG NAME.
Well, I don't know about that...I know that parts of my anatomy are definitely bigger than my name...even though I wish that they weren't.
ANYWAY, this challenge will be a monthly feature and this is what it's called: WICKED. This has nothing to do with HER:
But instead stands for:
For the challenge, the moderators for the demo challenge forum (Jana Emmert (indymert) and pattyb aka PaperPatty) asked me to come up with a color scheme, a sketch and a technique. Because I'm a twisted sort of person, I decided that the first WICKED challenge should really be a Halloween card. I decided that the color scheme would use the new In Colors, so my color scheme is Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Perfect Plum, and So Saffron. AND I unvented a technique right away to use with this challenge, which I call Moonlighting. It's a combination of Masking and Spotlighting and was perfect to use with the card I had in mind. Possibly, someone else has done this before. In fact, it so simple that it's very likely. But has anyone given it a name?!?!? NO! So, without further ado, here is the tutorial:
JAN TINK'S ABSURDLY SIMPLE MOONLIGHTING TECHNIQUE
- Neutral cardstock
- Line art image stamps (I used Haunting Halloween)
- Black ink of your choice for watercoloring
- Other ink colors for watercoloring and sponging
- Sponge wedges
- Markers to color in small details
- Aquapainter or watercolor brush
- 1 3/8" circle punch
- post it notes
- scrap cardstock
- Chocolate (but of course!)
Now, I know the first thing someone is going to notice is that I used Basic Black ink to watercolor with. Stampin' Up! recommends Stazon for watercoloring, but you know what? I find that if I don't use excessive amounts of water and stay mostly in the lines, that Basic Black works just fine for me and does not run. But then I have an older pad and I'm not sure if the formula may have changed a bit since I bought mine. So use what you prefer.
Stamp your image using the black ink.
Color the image in using your aquapainter and ink pads. Add small details with markers.
See? YOU ROCK! Have some chocolate!
Now peel off a post it note...
and put the post it note on your scrap cardstock.
Punch a circle out of the post it note, making sure to get the sticky part of the note on the back of the punched circle. By putting the post it note on a piece of scrap cardstock, you get a nice clean punch. Thin paper like post it notes don't punch easily otherwise.
Peel the punched post it circle off the scrap cardstock circle.
And put the circle over the part of your watercolored image where you want the moonlight to shine!
Now, take your dark inks for sponging and start adding the lighter of the two using a sponge wedge.
Build up a nice dark layer of ink with the first color. No, that's not dark enough...keep going. Eat some chocolate. Chocolate always helps.
That's better! Eat some chocolate to celebrate!
Now take your darker color and sponge around the very edges of the image to deepen the color there.
Now peel off the post it note to expose the moonlit area! Eat some more chocolate! You deserve it!
Then you have a choice...you can leave the bright staring moon in there, burning a hole in your retinas (which makes it difficult to see the chocolate when you want some) or you can lay in a light color using your aquapainter. That's what I did and that's why I found the chocolate quite easily.
Now take your image and make it into a card:
Ingredients: Stamps - Haunting Halloween, Canvas; Paper - Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Whisper White, Basic Black; Ink - Basic Black, Basic Grey, Perfect Plum, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard; Other - 1 3/8" circle punch, large oval punch, white gel pen, Whisper White 1/4 grosgrain ribbon, gold brads, dimensionals, sponge wedges, aquapainter, Basic Black, Summer Sun and Perfect Plum markers.
Isn't this STINKIN' CUTE?!?!?! I'm going to have some chocolate to celebrate! For those of you who like sketches, here is the one for this card: