Coloring Skin Tones with Stampin’ Blends
I am so happy that Stampin’ Up introduced the Natural Tones Stampin’ Blend Markers. It makes coloring skin tones on images like these hands from the All Together Collection so much easier. By blending different marker shades, you can achieve a huge variety of skin tones to suit your card giving needs.
Coloring and Shading Hands with Alcohol MarkersColoring and shading skin tones might look difficult, but it is actually pretty simple.
- Start by Choosing two natural tone Stampin’ Blend Markers, one lighter shade and one a shade or two darker. I used SU900 and SU700.
- Color the entire hand image with the lighter Stampin’ Blend.
- Then use the darker marker to add shading. (see tips below)
- Next, go back over the image with the lighter color to blend out any harsh edges and to add some mid-tone shading.
- The more you color over an area with the alcohol marker, the darker it will become, so avoid coloring over areas that you want to keep lighter such as highlighted areas.
- Color the finger nails with Real Red Stampin’ Blend or any other color you like.
A Couple of Tips…
For choosing marker shades: Test the Stampin’ Blends on some scrap paper or use the color chart below, so you can see the undertone of the markers. Some have a yellow undertone and some have a red undertone. For example, SU1000 is really more of a blush color.
Download the Natural Tones Color Chart
Click HERE to download the Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends color chart and use it as a reference tool for all the possible color combinations you can create with the Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends!
To determine which areas to shade and highlight: If you aren’t sure where to add shading or which areas are highlighted, simply put your hands in that shape to see where the shadows fall and what areas of your hands are darker (like your knuckles). Also note which areas are the lightest you will want to keep these areas lighter when coloring.
Instructions for Today’s Card (supply list at end of post)
- Start with a card base made from Basic White Thick cardstock. (A2 size: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4)
- Add a piecie of 5 1/4″ x 4″ Basic Black Cardstock.
- Cut pieces of DSP measuring 5″ x 2″ and 5″ x 1 3/4″ and attach them to the Basic Black Cardstock.
- Stamp the “You matter to me” sentiment from the Here Together Stamp Set on the right side of a 2″ x 5″ piece of Basic White Cardstock and place over the seam where the two pieces of DSP meet.
- Stamp the hands image in Memento Black ink on Basic White cardstock and crop with coordinating die from the Here Together Bundle.
- Color hands with Natural Tone Stampin’ Blend Markers (see instructions above)
- Attach the hands to the card with Stampin’ Seal.
- Crop three red hearts with the heart die in the Here Together Bundle and attach to card as shown in photo above.
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