Since returning to YouTube in July, I have been making cards that largely feature die cuts so I felt it was time to return to my cardmaking roots with some stamping and coloring. In this tutorial I am featuring the Little Pickup stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps and coloring up an adorable fall truck with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. The technique I use with the markers is very simple and easy so anyone can do it! I don’t know about you, but I am in love with the whole Christmas pickup truck trend. I know it’s super popular, almost too popular now, but I can’t help myself. It’s so, so cute! And, I love the variations on the theme that several craft companies have come out with that allow you to make pickup trucks for pretty much any event, holiday or season. This is the first of what will likely be a few of these types of cards. I hope you love the trucks as much as I do!
Please check out the video tutorial below or scroll down for step-by-step photos and instructions:
Step One – Stamping:
Using a stamping tool like the Misti, stamp the pickup truck from Honey Bee Stamps Little Pick stamp set on to a piece of Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor paper using a waterproof black ink. I used Pinkfresh Studios Detail Black Hybrid Ink. Layer the barrel tops stamp into the bed of the truck by lining up the bottom edge of the stamp with the top edge of the truck bed. Finally, layer the apples stamp on the tops of the barrels by again lining up the bottom edge of the apples stamp with the top edge of the stamped barrels.
Step Two – Coloring:
Color in the stamped images with markers of your choice. I used Zig Clean Color Real Bruch Markers along with a small damp brush to spread the color into each area and then added shading with a darker color and blended with water again as needed.
I usually color in pairs with a medium shade and a dark shade of the same color. I draw a thin line of the medium color around the base of the item (like the apples for example) and then along the edge of any item that is overlapped by another; so the apple behind another apple gets a line of color along the edge where it is overlapped or along any seams (like in clothing or metal). I dip my brush into clean water and wipe most of it off with my fingers. Then I take the now slightly damp brush and go over the areas where I have drawn colored lines and move the color out to fill the entire item being colored (eg each apple). Sometimes that is enough, but if the image needs more depth, I will take the dark shade and go over the same areas where I drew the medium color originally and add a line of dark color. If blending is required because the difference is too great, I use my damp brush again to blend the darker color into the medium color. I suggest watching the video above for the detail of my coloring technique if you are a beginner to Zigs.
Zig Colors I Used: 22 Carmine Red, 24 Wine Red, 50 Yellow, 44 Deep Green, 65 Mid Brown, 60 Brown, 32 Persian Blue, 37 Cornflower Blue, 36 Light Blue, 10 Black, 91 Light Gray, 94 Gray Brown
Step Three – Cutting:
Create your card elements by die cutting several different leaves from red, yellow, green, orange and gold cardstock using the Leafy Layers die set from Concord & 9th. Die cut both the solid and outline images for a variety of styles and shapes. Create an A2-sized horizontal card base by cutting a piece of blue cardstock to 5.5″ x 8.5″ and folding in half. Die cut a piece of kraft-colored cardstock with the second largest die in the Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles die set. Die cut the letters F-A-L and L out of the yellow, red, green and orange cardstocks that match the previously die cut leaves using the Lawn Fawn Oliver’s Stitched ABCs die set. Cut the pickup truck out of the watercolor paper leaving a small white border all the way around it. You can do this with the matching dies (available from Honey Bee Stamps), a Brother Scan N Cut machine (that’s what I did) or manually with scissors. Stamp the Happy stamp from Honey Bee Stamps on to white cardstock in a blue ink that matches the card base; I used Gina K Designs Blue Denim ink. I suggest using a stamping platform for this since this large, solid stamp is tough to stamp perfectly in one go. Trim the stamped Happy word out of the white cardstock leaving a white border all the way around it, just like you did with the pickup truck.
Cardstock I Used: Concord & 9th Buttercup, Poppy & Parsley and Gina K Designs Blue Denim, Kraft, Sweet Mango, Metallic Gold, White
Step Four – Assembly:
Assemble the card by adhering the stamped pickup in the center lower half of the kraft cardstock panel. Adhere the large happy image on an angle above the truck and the multi-colored Fall letters below it as shown in the final photos. Arrange the die cut leaves along the vertical edges of the kraft panel in a pleasing color arrangement. The majority of each leaf will hang off the sides of the panel. Just make sure enough of the leaf is adhered to the panel to be identifiable as a fall leaf once the overhanging portion is trimmed off. I suggest using a liquid glue for this as the die cut leaves can be delicate, particularly the outline ones. Once the glue is dry, trim off the excess leaves that hang off the sides of the kraft panel. Adhere the kraft panel to the front of the card base in the middle. Enjoy!
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