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I want to share with you a little experiment. Yesterday I saw a stunning card by Caryn using the rose from Clearly Besotted Stamps Happy Everything set. Caryn’s colouring of the rose was seriously amazing and I liked how it had a hand painted appearance. Looking at Caryn’s supplies she’d stamped the rose in grey before colouring with markers. This got me thinking and so last night I stamped the same rose in the palest grey I have and then set to with pale grey Copics and blender. I tried to get the look of a pencil drawing from a sketch book where the artist has sketched the image and then added the faintest touches of colour. My youngest walked in and asked if I’d drawn the rose so I at least convinced him!

I punched the side of the white panel to represent a page torn from a sketch book and then mounted over a strip of patterned paper. I use this design a lot but find it adds colour and interest while keeping things CAS.

So what do you think? Looking on the rose this morning I can see I haven’t got my shading quite right but it’s an interesting effect that I will certainly try again.

Supplies: Stamps – Clearly Besotted Stamps happy everything, blooming marvellous; Inks – Versacolor sky gray, Versafine smoky gray; Paper – Lily Bee Design persnickety; Punch – Stampin’ Up; Copic Markers

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