Saturday 3 September 2011

No black lines

Morning all, I'm here with my latest project for Make It Colourful, which today has a very interesting new challenge. You may have spotted this new technique around blogland recently, Zoe has had all the girls in the MiC Facebook group trying it and there have been some gorgeously-coloured images as a result.

Well the technique is one that Zoe is calling No Lines - you stamp your image in very pale ink, or print your digi stamp at a reduced opacity, so that you are colouring inside very faint lines, not the heavy black outlines that we are all used to as stampers. Interesting, eh?

For my project I used a new freebie digi that Zoe made available to the Facebook group - her name is Pipi and she comes with long hair on either side of her head, but I gave her a quick trim, he he. Colouring is Copics as usual with a bit of pencil here and there, and for the dress I used my favourite copic pinks: R81, R83, R85 and R89.

Image: Pipi, a freebie from Make It Crafty
Colouring: Copic markers
Computer-generated sentiment
Magnolia Rose Leaf Doo Hickey die
Doily, DP, ribbons, flowers and gem brad from my craft stash

From this week, we will be using the NEW Make It Crafty gallery for the challenges - you really must check it out, you can join and upload your own projects as well as seeing all the makes from the Design Team.....loads of inspiration all in one place!

This is another image I tried using the No Lines technique....I stamped Tilda in Angel Pink memento ink and used Copics to colour her. I find it's necessary to concentrate much more when you don't have the thick black lines to help keep your ink under control, and you have to add the eyes back in using inks or pencils. My tip for this technique is to persevere even if you think you have messed up - it sort of comes together at some point, and if it doesn't then you've still had some practice.

Image: Magnolia Secretive Tilda

I'd like to enter this card in these challenges:
Aud Sentiment Challenge - card/sentiment for a girl
By The Cute & Girly - All things bright and beautiful
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days - Add flowers
Cardmaking Mamas - Go digi
Copic Creations - Pretty in pink
Crafting For All Seasons - Bingo (I chose Ribbons-Glitter/Shine-Flowers....2 ribbons, shine in the form of a gem brad in the flower centre, and flowers in the embellies, image and paper)
Crafty Purple Frog - Birthdays
Delicious Doodles - New and Fresh (the image is new as is the 'No Lines' colouring technique)
Ellephantastic - Here come the girls
Stamp Something - Digi day
Top Tip Tuesday - Shabby chic (I chose the backing paper and colour scheme for this challenge as it looked very shabby chic to me)

So that's me, sorry I've not been in blogland much again, I'm afraid I'm struggling with the M.E. a lot more these days and have to ration the time and energy spent crafting and blogging/visiting blogs. But I'm still making it round to visit, just try and keep me away, he he.

Happy crafting!


Trina said...

Your little Pipi is colored so well; she looks like a computer graphic! And I love the jeans on your Magnolia image. Hope you get a break and feel better soon...

chrissy xx said...

Oh! Carole. This is a Gorgeous card! Infact it has the WoW! factor lol. She looks to be jumping of the card she stands out soooo much! LOve it.
I'm so happy to see a Tilda image as well lol. She looks Fabulous! Great colouring and I just LOve that black hair.

jeanie g said...

Hi Carole I adore the new stamping of your images. I can vouch for it being more difficult to do as I've done this in the past when I didn't want black lines. You do it so well though!! Big hugs and lots of sparkles to you for a swift recovery from your ME surge.xx

Judie said...

Oh Carole, this is so lovely, love the layout and the coloring is fantastic. Get to feeling better soon.


Stamps and Paper said...

Carole this is just fantastic....I've never seen this technique done before but want to try it. Your colouring is so perfect you would think these images have been print....WOW WOW WOW


McCrafty's Cards said...

Hi Carole, these look fabulous, your card is gorgeous and the tilda has a lovely softness to it, I couldn't do it, I have enough trouble seeing the black lines.
Kevin xx

Anonymous said...

Wow Carole, these are both just so gorgeous. Sorry to hear you are struggling with the ME, hope you get to do some more crafting soon. Take care. Sue x

Flowergirl said...

Beautiful card! This is such a lovely technique, I must give it try! X

Vicky said...

So gorgeous Carole....but I could NEVER do this lol...your colouring is truly amazing and pretty dp's too....

hope you are feeling better soon sweetie..biggest of hugs Vicky xx

MagsB said...

Wow, such amazing colouring! Just fabulous, hun!

luv, Mags x

Jackie said...

Gorgeous card Carole, your no lines colouring is excellent, it looks so natural :o)
Jackie xx

Susan (rainy) said...

What a cool technique. Must give this a try! Your coloring is exquisite!!!

Jill said...

Great colouring! Such lovely images as well! Thanks for joining in at Ellephantastic this month. Jill

Jani said...

Lovely card and the "no black lines"-Technique is so fab!
I will give it a try in the near future! Love all the creations / colorings using this technique!
Thanks for joining us at CFAS!
Jani x

cotnob said...

Gorgeous card, I love this technique and your colouring is beautiful.
Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.

Joanie said...

Lovely card, the no lines technique is great. Thank you for joining us at CFAS. Joanie

Flutterby Trina said...

I am so Jealous! I keep trying the 'no lines' but im never happy with it! Fab card and fab colouring! thanks for playing along this week at Top Tip Tuesday! Good Luck and hope to see you again next week for our big birthday bash xx

coldwaters2 said...

Oh my word Carol that image is super cute those eyes are so lovely and the design of the card is just perfect, Tilda looks beautiful much softer, I love it.
Lorraine x

deesdesigns said...

WOW! You make this technique look so easy and I know it is anything but. Gorgeous card! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Aud Sentiments and our "For a Girl" challenge.

Joanne said...

Very cool Carole, what an interesting look the no lines gives - especially on the Tilda. It has such a soft look to it, nice! Love the image of your Pipi, so cute and beautiful coloring! Hugs, J:)

Lisa Minckler said...

What will the crafting community come up with next? This is the coolest thing! I will most definitely give it a try. Your card is wonderful and your copic technique is fantastic. :D
Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Top Tip Tuesday for our "Shabby Chic" challenge.
Good luck to you and happy stamping...
Lisa xx

Michelle said...

Hi Carole, Very sweet card, love your no black lines image. Beautiful dp too. Thanks for joining us for the Ellephantastic Challenge
Elle DT

melsanford said...

Oh she looks so delicate! What a lovely technique - they're both gorgeous :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

Dragonlady said...

Interesting technique and makes the image a lot softer. Thanks for playing at Aud Sentiments.
Hugs Ali x

Joan Ervin said...

Hey sweet Carole...hope all is well with you and your's!!! I was gone last week end and am finally able to visit my friends!! I am sooo in awe of your new technique....what a wonderful idea to do away with the black have mastered this technique perfectly!!! Your little girl is colored fact, I didn't even realize the lines were gone until I read your post...this is just tooo cool and I'll be trying this tomorrow!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

Penny said...

Oh no... now you have introduced me to a new technique of no lines, you know im going to have to try it..
WONDERFUL work! Thanks for playing in Aud Sentiments!

Helen Laurence said...

Very pretty & very girl. Sweet for our challenge. You're colouring just blows me away. I love the no lines colouring. Good luck hugs x

Anonymous said...

Your work is outstanding and a joy to look at - thank you for showing us your works of art - Luv and Huggles Storm xxxxxx

Allison said...

sweet card
thanks for playing along with Delicious Doodles

Janette said...

These 'no lines' images are fab Carole, you seem to have nailed it, love the card you made too, so sweet...xx

Jenni said...

So cute! Thanks so much for joining in with the Cardmadfairy challenge this week.
Jenni x

Rachel x said...

Hey Carole!! :)
Oh, these images are just gorgeously coloured as always!! :) This technique produces such a different look- have been looking at all the examples I can find and even had a go myself a couple of days ago... didn't go well, though!!lol Have enough trouble colouring decently with lines, I think- but I will be trying again soon!! :)
I'm so sorry to hear you're struggling so much, hon- kind of figured you must be as you've not been posting so much but was hoping you'd maybe just had some more interesting things to occupy your time/energy instead :( I really hope you're managing to rest up as much as you feel you need and I'm sending positive, feel better vibes your way!! :) I've still been trying to resist the lure of crafting/blogging and rest more, too, but it's the one thing that keeps me sane through the rest of it so I don't always manage it!! :S Been thinking of you while we've both been away from blogland though! :)
Big hugs, Rachel xxx

Carol said...

Super sweet image and I love the colouring technique. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments. Carol DT x

Mary Lou said...


Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a lovely delicate card you have made here. FAB image. Thank you for taking part in the Crafty Purple Frog Challenge this fortnight and I wish you the best of luck in the draw. Best wishes, Kym (The Crafty Purple Frog Design Team Member) xxx

Ruthie said...

This is fabulous! Love the colours!

Thanks for joining in the fun at Aud Sentiments


Unknown said...

WOW such a fab creations, I must try this technique I LOVE it, thanks playing along with DD this week

Sprytebyrd said...

Wonderful card!
Thanks so much for playing along with the Card Makin Mamas this week! Have Fun and I hope to see you again soon!
Hugs, Dee Sprytebyrd's Sentiments