Saturday, January 7, 2012

Tutorial: Change It Up - Coloring DSP

Does this happen to you?  You collect a few very special scrapbook and Designer Series Papers (DSP) and after a while, you fall ‘out’ of Love with the printed patterns?  A few months ago, I shared how to brayer over your DSP to create a whole new look… and in today’s Super Saturday Tutorial, I’m sharing how to totally change the look of that patterned scrapbook paper using very simple staples:  Markers and White Gel Pen!


You may or may not recognize this bloom.. from the “Beyond the Garden” Designer Series Paper Collection.  The print and patterns are quite suitable for scrapbook pages, however less desirable for card making due to the size of the prints and blooms.  So… I decided to Change it Up!  Coloring the DSP with markers, and a white gel pen made quite a difference!


This is the bloom, blending much better into the background of a standard A-2 Card… still a beautiful focal image, yet more subdued and subtle.3.notched_ribbon_and)Sentiment

Adding just a little extra touch to the card sentiment, a small strip of bashful blue satin ribbon was notched at each end and affixed directly to the DSP before attaching the sentiment.


Today’s tutorial is merely a suggestion… coloring your scrapbook and DSP papers is open to interpretation, and the sky’s the limit!

  1. Select markers to compliment your scrapbook paper or DSP.  Don’t be afraid to venture out of the normal palette!
  2. Begin by coloring the petals with the lightest color first… in this case, I used a bashful blue marker.
  3. Progress to medium and darker markers…. adding streaks of color using the fine point of the marker.  In the sample shown, a Wisteria Wonder marker was used to add streaks close to the center of the flower, through the petal centers and around the edges.
  4. The darkest, a pacific point marker was then used to outline the entire image… and make it stand out a bit more.
  5. After coloring the center of the blossom with a daffodil delight marker, a garden green marker was used to draw tiny circles in the center of the bloom
  6. Lucky Limeade and Old Olive markers were used to add color to the stem.
  7. As a last step, a white gel pen added streaks of color to the petals, and random dots to the center of the bloom too.

See you tomorrow with a new card share… It’s been such a crazy week here!  Hope your life is calm and predictable!



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Ellen Parker said...

Wow Sharon, that is a great idea! Love the card too.

Sandi AULT said...

Great idea and you are right you fall out of love with DSP because you do not know what to do with it. Thank you for sharing and will try your suggestion. Have a Great New Year

Denisewillerton said...

this is great Sharon! thanks for sharing ~ hope your crazy week calms down for you!

Fabiola said...

magnifiques ces couleurs, merci pour cette superbe tuto, je te souhaite une magnifique année 2012, biz

Angie Jones said...

fabulous idea and gives soooo many more options to to our DSP's. Thanks so much for sharing how you did it....Love it. Angie xx