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Friday 4 October 2013

Fabulous Friday Tutorial -- Using Patterned Papers #1

What do you do when you have colored an image, but don't have patterned papers to match? Or what if you have a color scheme in mind, but none of your patterned papers will fit the bill?

Simple solution! Grab some black and white patterned papers and color them!

Here's a quick not-so-fabulous tutorial to show you how to do just that!

But first, a preamble. Because I'm like that. If you're going to use Copic or alcohol ink markers, you'll have to use patterned paper that's printed on cardstock. If you use that thin stuff, your ink will spread and make a huge mess. Guess how I know? However, if you use colored pencils to color, it doesn't matter what kind of paper you use, though if you use OMS to blend, that could present a problem.

Now, here's a digression from the subject. One of the gals on our Bombshell Babes Facebook Group asked about shading an image.

Here's Rosie the Riveter Digi stamp that was laser printed onto Neenah cardstock then partially  colored with Copic markers.

I've placed a transparency over Rosie and used purple and green Sharpie to show you the shading that I used. The purple is the deepest color that I used, which was E21. The green shows the second deepest color that I used, E00, which was blended over E21. I used E000 to blend the colors more, then went back over them as needed.

In the final colored version,  BV00 was used over the E21 to give a bit more shading to the hairline, around the eyes, the side of the nose, under the face, and along the arms. Chalk pencil was used to add a pink blush to her cheeks. The photo is kind of horrendous. She's not quite as orange in real life and she's in focus too.

So, back to the quick part of the tutorial.

My color scheme for this card is orange and red, so Rosie the Riveter was colored accordingly.  I don't have patterned papers in that particular color combination. However, using this color scheme is one of the challenges for Splitcoast Stampers'  Hope You Can Cling To Challenges, which is a month-long event. People will be making cards and sending them to a hospital that treats breast cancer patients and their families. It's a great cause and you should check it out using the link above. I also think that Rosie the Riveter is perfect for encouragement cards and for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Yes. I digressed again. I used a black floral pattern and a music notes heart pattern from the Irresistible 6x6 pad by Authentique and simply colored to match my stamped and colored image.

Here's a photo of the papers that are partially colored using the same Copic markers I used to color Rosie.

After I took the photo, I finished coloring both patterned papers, then also colored red and white polka dotted paper, from the Lovely 6x6 pad by Authentique. The dots were originally white and the red didn't quite match the red of Rosie's lips and nails. After coloring the red paper with YR02, the red matched and the polka dots were orange. Gotta love when the matchy matchy thing works out!

I also ended up coloring some musical notation patterned paper from the Irresistible 6x6 pad before die-cutting it with Alterations flower dies. These four flowers were stacked, a clear button was adhered to a circle punched from my orange and red polka dot papers, and the flower embellishment was stitched onto my card front.

Here's the finished card!

I'm not really very good at these tutorials, so I hope you learned something from all the rambling above. I will be back with "Using Patterned Papers -- The Sequel" one day.

Thanks for visiting today!

Copic markers used:
Skin: E000, E00, E21, BV00
Lips: R27, R37, R56
Hair; N02, N04, N06
Shirt: YR00, YR02, YR04, YR16, YR18
Bandana: Ditto, except the dots are R37, R56
Flowers and hearts on patterned paper: YR00, YR02, YR04
Red dotted paper: YR02


  1. That's a wonderful tutorial and her I am thinking you had all this fabulous papers!!! Good to know! Thanks!

  2. Great tutorial! I can't wait to see some more! Thanks for the tips on shading too.