Okay, finally, I am actually doing a tutorial on the technique I call Marker Layering. I made that up myself. Big deal, right? This is only my second tutorial of this kind. So bear with me, and I hope I don’t delete any necessary steps. I tend to delete pictures, so if I get to the end without deleting, it will be no small miracle. Here I am showing you the finished card first and then I will show you how I made the main panel. I am in love with this new hostess only set from SU, it’s just my new favorite, and I think Elements of Style is feeling jealous, but it’s my old favorite. 🙂 Okay, on to step one. Well I guess I have to keep typing to move the next picture down….here goes….
First here is what you need to start – An outline stamp, a Black Stazon Pad, and here I used Very Vanilla Cardstock cut into an oval shape with my big shot. The Stazon ink is very important so your markers don’t run together. Nothing worse then when the black bleeds into the pink. NOT pretty. So stamp your image in black and let it dry.
You will now need to pull out those great SU markers. I use several shades of the same color for each picture. The main colors in my card are pink and green. So I am using Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, and Regal Rose for my pinks. Later I decided I wanted to punch it up one more time so I used a tad of Melon Mambo…but when I took this picture I was not anticipating that so that marker is missing. Just pretend it’s there. I’m no tutorial genius. 🙂 For greens, I used Pear Pizazz, Wild Wasabi and Old Olive.
Now come in with some Regal Rose but just a tiny weeny tiny bit at the base of each petal. Don’t cover up all of the blushing bride, (heaven’s NO!) If you look closely at this shot here on the left, (click on it gets as big as your HEAD) you can see that left to right, flower number one has only the first pink, pink pirouette, while flower number two has all THREE pinks and flower number three has only the first two. (are you still WITH me??)You can see how much prettier that middle flower is with the three pinks all layered on to each petal! But remember, I decided it needed one more PUNCH….so……….
So basically now do the very same thing with the greens, start out with Pear Pizazz. Add some shading with the Wild Wasabi, and then just a TOUCH of Old Olive, that OLD FAITHFUL OLIVE. Gotta LOVE OLD OLIVE….right? Okay, we aren’t finished yet but we are getting there, slow but sure!! If you wanna do this for a swap card, make sure you design it with only ONE FLOWER!!! (or you will HATE me!!) I love to color, but NOT SWAP CARDS, not the SAME THING, OVER, and OVER, and OVER, and OVER, Mercy ME that’s SO BORING!!! BUT doing this once, a piece of CAKE!!! Okay, and, moving right along………the next thing you want to do is………..
Go around each and every flower and leave with a small shadow of Sahara Sand, it will wake the WHOLE THING UP! So pretty…..now look, ain’t that pretty????? Oh man, I love that look……(geez, I am starting to sound like Jan Tink here….but I do love this technique and yes, sometimes I do love some of my own cards….I mean why else would I keep on making them otherwise???) Okay, so do that all the way around your posies……..
Here’s a shot of all the markers I used in this picture…..I already named them so I’m not gonna name them again, you can just scroll up, okay? Oh alright, just to be nice, Pink Pirouette to Blushing Bride to Regal Rose to Melon Mambo on the flowers, Pear Pizazz to Wild Wasabi to Old Olive on the leaves, with a shadow of Sahara Sand……..and then one more thing to punch the whole thing up,,,,you just KNOW I had to use my old FAVORITE……