Christine Okken Guest Post: Colorplay With Words
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Hello friends! I’m Christine and today I’m delighted to guest with CardMaker and show off a few fun ways to use color in your designs in combination with words.

Word dies are still all the rage in card making and I love the effect they can give to create a great statement. How about looking at those words in a new way that also showcases color? Color and coloring are some of my favorite ways to create.

We’re going to play with a technique called Pointillism. I love this style! It was made famous by an artist named Seurat in the late 1800’s and is such an effective technique. It takes some time but it’s very relaxing too, always an added bonus!

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I started this design by using a word die and cutting it in the bottom quarter of a 4 x 5 1/4-inch piece of white cardstock. I like using the negative image of the die cut because you have a whole lot of room to work to create the effect. Save the tiny inner pieces of the letters from the die and set them aside.

Then choose an array of colors of alcohol markers. For this style it works best if the markers are in the same color family. I like Copic® markers because of their narrow point.

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I started with my lightest shade of pink (R81) and added dots around the word cutout by lightly pressing my marker straight down onto the paper. I usually do my dots in a triangle formation around the page (three at a time in a triangle grouping) and I usually vary the size of my dots, some quite small with really light pressure, and then some a little larger where I leave my marker on the page a bit longer so the color soaks in. In the picture above, I’ve used both R81 and R83 markers. I use the lightest color the farthest out on the page and then add in the deeper color onto the page “less deep,” so the deeper areas of color are building toward the word.

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Here you can see how I’ve added the R85 and R89 colors concentrating the deeper color toward the word and the lighter colors further out. It almost gives you a bokeh effect of photography.

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Here is the finished design. I’ve added foam dots behind the front image to pop it away from the main card. I’ve also colored in the tiny spots where there were little pieces of the letter die that were set aside earlier and added them carefully when the popped-up layer was already attached.

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An embossed vellum sentiment and a strip of sticky tape covered in glitter complete the design. With all of the fun dotty color it really makes a great statement.

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You can also accomplish this style using one single color like black. I used the same process for this design using only black markers and multiliners on kraft cardstock. My husband really liked this design and told me how sharp it was. The black metallic paper behind the word cutout is really jazzy too, and I think really adds to the effect.

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A little satin ribbon and a popped-up heart die cut complete it.

Now how about stepping into the 1970’s with a little vibrant color for the next design?

I vividly remember being in grade three and my teacher passing us a piece of 8 1/2 x 11-inch white paper asking us to boldly write our name in the center of the page in black marker. Then, using wax crayons we made little up and down strokes with our crayons to surround each letter row by row. Each row was a different color and we needed to fill the whole page with color. Anyone else do that too? I thought it would be fun to experiment and see if we could do that with Copic® markers.

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For this design I wanted to pick a word that was meaningful to me and also reflected the look we were going for. Vibrant is a word I’ve picked for my year, wanting to live a life that’s vibrant in all areas. Of course, I haven’t found a die for that. 🙂 So, I used my Silhouette Cameo machine and typed out the word “vibrant’ in a size I wanted to fit on a 4 x 5 1/4-inch piece of cardstock. I also cut two extra “vibrant” words and set them aside to be used later.

I colored up my word with a deep teal marker in a solid fashion and then set the letters aside, again using the negative image. With little flicking strokes, I colored all around the word in one row with one marker color. Then as you can see below, I added other colors as I went around the page. Make sure you have a sheet of scratch paper beneath your design before you start coloring.

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You could do this in any pattern of colors. I chose to use complementary colors in blues and greens because I love them so much, but you could do a design with all the colors in the rainbow in a pattern as well. It really gives you that vivid 1970’s tie-die sort of feel.

Once I was completed coloring the rows I took the word and glued the extra layers to each letter to form a thicker stack of three. Then, when it was on the card base I could fit my letters into the puzzle and complete the design.

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Here’s the vibrant end result! I stamped a sentiment and added a few embellishments.

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Here you can see the thickness of the letters and how they look stacked in the cutout areas.

I hope this inspires you to try and play a little with color and words maybe even trying a new technique for fun! Thanks for joining me today—it was fun to be with you!

Christine

Supplies used: White cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Words of Love and Commemorating You stamp sets and Nested Hearts and Always dies from The Cat’s Pajamas; Copic® markers (BG05, BG09, BG18, BG32, BG34, R81, R83, R85, R89, YG07, YG09, YG21, YG25) from Imagination International Inc.; electronic cutting machine from Silhouette America Inc.

4 Responses to Christine Okken Guest Post: Colorplay With Words

  1. Bernice Quinn says:

    Thank you for sharing this technique. I remember learning of it a long time ago but this is something different to try in my cardmaking.

  2. Joleen says:

    Yes indeed, this is a truly awesome technique!! This is a must do!! Thank you so much for sharing these great ideas!! Love your work and amazing talent!!

  3. Nancy Thomas says:

    Absolutely fabulous technique Christine!

  4. What a fun technique! I think I could do this because I do it to my fingernails sometimes. On purpose. Thanks for sharing!

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