Hi everyone, Mou Saha here today on Day One of CK Summer Camp 2012! Let’s talk about coloring transparencies, a fun technique that adds instant pizazz to any scrapbooking layout or card project.
Sweet by Iris Uy, as seen in the Creating Keepsakes Mixed Media Scrapbooking bookazine, page 20.
To get the beautiful stained glass effect of the flowers on this layout, Iris Uy cut out clusters of flowers from a screen printed transparent overlay. She colored the flowers with Copic markers on the unprinted side of the overlay to keep the ink from smearing over the preprinted design.
If you can’t find a preprinted design that works for your project, you can easily create your own overlay design using clear transparencies that you can find at any office supply place. For example, I used a black ultrafine Sharpie to draw a simple vine design on an 8.5” x 11” laser transparency film from my local office store.
Next, I colored the flowers and vine using India ink-based big brush markers from Faber-Castell.
Then, I heat-set the India ink on the transparency by holding my heating tool at least 4 inches above the colored transparency for no longer than 30 seconds in one spot. (Note that these numbers might vary slightly depending on the type of transparency film you are using.) To save tools and time, you could use colored Sharpie or Copic markers instead of ink and totally skip the heat-setting step.
Once I finished coloring my transparency, I used it to embellish the card below.
I Love You by Mou Saha. Supplies: Cardstock and patterned paper: Die Cuts With a View; Transparency: Duralar; Pen and markers: Faber-Castell, DMC, and Sharpie; Thread: Guterman; Pinking scissors: Provo Craft; Adhesive: 3M
I hope you’ve enjoyed your first day at camp! Have fun designing and coloring your own overlays!
Would you like to win a prize? Leave a comment here telling us if you’ve ever colored on a transparency. You could win this prize package sponsored by American Crafts, Clearsnap, Die Cuts with a View, EK Success, Elmer’s, Pebbles, Studio Calico, and Westcott. Comments must be received by Monday, July 30, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. Sorry, we cannot ship prizes internationally. If your entry is chosen and you live outside the United States, you will be offered a year subscription to Creating Keepsakes magazine instead of this prize.
For More Information:
Would you like more information about coloring and transparences? Check out these great links!
- Coloring Using Copic Markers
- 2 Tricks to Scrapbooking with Transparencies (video)
- Using Transparencies on Layouts
Congratulations to our winner!
Joan Tynda: I have never colored on transparencies until now. It was so fun and easy and it looks really cute! Thanks for the technique.
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