Have you ever admired a large, outline stamp image and said to yourself "Oh, I love it but it's too much to color in?"  Of course you have – I have!  A few weeks ago I shared a quick tip video on how to speed up the coloring aspect but still obtain amazing shading.  If you missed the video you can watch it HERE.  

We all want to be able to color like a pro with light and dark spots in our image. One of the things I hear the most when teaching any coloring technique is how "difficult it is to do".  Well, I'm here to tell you it isn't!  The video HERE really gives some great, sensible tips on achieving great results.  

 This is one of those examples of effortless coloring and I did it all with a marker!  

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 Did you notice that some of the petals are lighter than others?  The darker petals were achieved by simply markering over them a second time. I used that same idea when I color the center of this flower, too.  

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 When you have an image as beautiful as this one you hate to do too much more to your card for fear of distracting from it.  I finished mine off with a simple black background, wrapped metallic gold thread around the edges (secured as I went with Dimensionals — oh, how I love those things!) and embossed a simple greeting from "Cottage Greetings".  I love the beautiful script greetings in that set!

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 Next time you're eyeing a beautiful outline stamp image, don't think twice about getting it. Grab your markers and start coloring away and remember this great TIP.  

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