I’m sure you will have seen this effect before using ink pads. I wanted to try it with my Spectrum Noir Pencils and I’m thrilled to say the end result is very soft and delicate… just what Vintage Shabby Chic is all about!
This is something you can achieve in a very short time and looks so effective using just a few colors. You are not going for a strong vibrant look with this technique, so think soft!
You will need Kraft cardstock and a white ink pad (or heat emboss your stamped image with white embossing powder).
I have used Spectrum Noir pencils 001-035-057.
Step 1: Heat emboss your stamped image in white onto your Kraft cardstock.
Step 2: Using Spectrum Noir Pencil 001, color in the whole of the image
You can see in the picture above that it gives just a hint of color with the Kraft showing through. This is the effect we are after.
Step 3: Now with 057 we will start to add a hint of color to the stems and leaves.
Add this color in the area that you think will be the shaded parts and blend out with 001.
Step 4: To color the flowers using the same technique as we did with the leaves, add 035 into the shadow area of each petal, then blend out with again with 001.
Tip: To make the white pop a little more add tiny touches of pink and green to some areas but don’t blend it out. This will add that extra depth of color – if you look at the leaves it adds that extra splash of pure color.
Here is another look at my finished card – I hope you will agree it gives you a very vintage feel to your card! You could add some vintage papers to get a more Shabby Chic effect
I hope you do try this it gives you a beautiful effect with very little effort it is really so easy and simple to do you will have a stunning topper in next to no time at all.
Tutorial credit: Linda Hill