Tuesday, February 12, 2019

SOS389: make your mark

it's a fun and easy challenge this fortnight at shopping our stash: color anything you want, using markers! this is especially (and coincidentally) quite timely since kathy racoosin is in the midst of another daily marker 30-day coloring challenge! here's what i made:

polynesian paradise stamp set: my favorite things; colored with tombow dualbrush pens and shading added with prismacolor pencils; patterned paper scrap background: echo park + glitz design; stickers: echo park; shell corner and sea shore brads: eyelet outlet; ink: ranger archival (for stamping) colorbox chalk (for edging); adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

i've mentioned before that i find realistic coloring- with shading and highlights etc- a bit challenging. so it's definitely good to practice more! stephanie gave me the adorable my favorite things' "polynesian paradise" stamp set for my birthday a couple of years ago and it's still definitely a go-to. my coloring process is to "base coat" each of my stamped elements with the lightest shade of tombow i think it will need, then add shading with prismacolors, as i find it easier to have a light touch with the pencils. for the record, i'm still the wolrd's sloooooooowest colorer! :)

one of the things i especially love about mft stamps is that they're exactly the right size and scale to add in some eyelet outlet goodness. in this case, shell corners and seashore brads. the landscape that sets the scene for the stamped and colored elements is made of torn paper scraps, with a sticker sun and surfboard from two older echo park collections. here is a completely gratuitous shot of the chameleon from the stamp set, because he is my favorite:

i hope you'll join us and "make your mark" this fortnight. if you need more inspiration be sure to check out the amazing dt creations over at SOS! ♥


  1. I'm wishing, I'm wishing.....to be on a warm beach, under an umbrella, listening to the waves crashing on the sand, drinking a nice cold beer, hubby by my side doing the same. Sigh!!😉
    Love your card Lauren, it warms me up looking at it, especially when we are in the darn middle of an ice storm.
    Love that little Hula girl and her little friend and the deliciously warm looking Sun.

  2. You are channeling my state of mind and, on top of that, your sentiment echoes one of the perfect beach songs! Your mark is definitely made with this adorable project!

  3. Love that you do a base coat with markers and details with pencils. In many ways a lot easier to control. Your tropical scene is, as always, adorable!

  4. Awesome colouring, great card, love the scene you made and I wish I was there.

  5. Fabulous coloring and I love that lil chameleon.

  6. Adorable! Love that cute chameleon guy, Jo x

  7. WOW your colouring is just amazing!
    Your card makes me feel all warm and sunny, which is nice considering the snow and freezing rain outside my window ;)

  8. Lauren... just love your sweet card... such a wonderfully colorful scene!

  9. I could have seen this anywhere and would have known it was your work! Well done coloring, and also I love your assembled background! Fun, and totally Lauren!


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