Creativity Unlocked feat. Cheerful Coreopses | Bold and Beautiful Floral Cards

by Erum Tasneem

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Hello everyone! Erum here with beautiful floral cards featuring Build-A-Garden: Cheerful Coreopses and a VIDEO for the Creative Coloring with Erum video series. Today, I will demonstrate easy alcohol marker coloring and share some tips as well.

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I will be using the Build-A-Garden Cheerful Coreopses Stamp today. And I asked some crafty friends whether I should go for a white outline image or color the outline black. Since I was creating two cards, they suggested that I do both to show how the result looks like.

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I would like to add a disclaimer here that I heat-embossed the image prior to coloring. I have never had any issues with coloring on heat embossed images with Altenew Artist Alcohol Markers but if you are apprehensive, please stamp the image in a light color dye ink. You can heat-emboss the image after coloring. Make sure not to remove the stamp from the Stampwheel (stamp positioner) if you want to do this.

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Stamp the image from the Build-A-Garden Cheerful Coreopses Stamp Set onto Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock in Embossing Ink. Remember to prep the panel with anti-static powder before stamping. Next, cover with Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set.

To color the flowers, I will use Grapevine, Ruby Red, Coral Berry, and Frosty Pink from the Red Cosmos Artist Alcohol Marker Set. Start by adding the darkest color first and extend the flicks with the mid-tone Ruby Red.

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The main color of the flowers, for me, will be the mid-tone, so I will add more of this to the petals. Next, I will add Coral Berry and cover the remaining petals, leaving only slivers of white showing. I will use the Coral Berry to blend the harsh flicks of Ruby Red on some portions and to add a high concentration of pigment, plus highlight on the petals. The last color, Frosty Pink, is optional. You can choose to let the white slivers show, which will result in very prominent highlights. Or you can cover those with Frosty Pink pigment, resulting in slightly muted highlights.

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For the flower center, I will use Butternut and Sicilian Amber Artist Alcohol Markers. I will apply the Sicilian Amber in a C-shape and then blend it with Butternut.

For the leaves, I used the Green Fields Artist Alcohol Marker Set from the darkest to the lightest, excluding the Jet Black Marker. Then, I used the die to die-cut the image.

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Next, I cut out two black cardstock panels of 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ x 7″. On the A2 panel, I added splatters of Pure White Ink Spray and set it aside to dry. On the slimline panel, I added splatters of gold watercolor from the Metallic Watercolor 14 Pan Set.

I used the Glue Tape to adhere a portion of the image onto the A2 panel and saved the rest for the slimline card. Then, I added gold splatters to the A2 panel as well and set it aside.

After this, I used the Jet Black Artist Alcohol Marker and colored the white outline of the remaining image carefully, and adhered it to the slimline panel with Instant Dimension Foam Tape. Then, I added more gold splatters so that there were a few on the image as well.

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To finish, I heat-embossed the sentiments for both cards, cut them with the coordinating die, and adhered them to the card fronts with foam tape.

You can watch the video below or on YouTube.

Which card do you like better? The one with the white outline or the one where I colored the outline with the black marker. I like the latter more. Also, the slimline does look bold and beautiful!

Before you go, check out more card ideas featuring beautiful Coreopses!

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Judy Inukai November 20, 2023 - 7:59 PM

Your coloring is wonderful! It was fun to watch you color and see the flowers come alive. It is hard to pick a favorite, but I think I like the slimline better. I like how the big image can be used for two cards. Thanks for the great inspiration.

Keesha Soldevilla November 22, 2023 - 5:26 PM

I’m so glad you enjoyed the coloring process! It’s wonderful that you found inspiration in using the big image for two cards, especially in the slimline format.

Jennifer Johnston November 21, 2023 - 7:34 PM

These are gorgeous! Love that coloring. 😍

Pam Boedeker December 21, 2023 - 1:08 PM

I am so happy to see you using alcohol markers. They are still my favorite way to color. Thanks.


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