Monday, May 26, 2008

Celebration of Color: Sharpies & transparencies

Hope everyone is enjoying Spring and all of nature’s colors! I know it’s one of my favorite times of year and I’ve really enjoyed all the new ideas of adding color to my projects. :0)

One thing I use a lot is transparencies and my Sharpie markers. I use transparencies for journaling, stamping on, painting on ect.. The first project I’m going to share involves stamping directly onto a transparency. I made a gift bag but this technique could be used on any project. You’ll need:

A small gift bag
Sasafrass Lass paper
Inque Boutique stamps
StazOn ink
Sharpie markers

To make the flower I stamped onto the transparency with StazOn ink and let it dry. Once dry use your Sharpie markers to color the backside of the transparency to show through the stamped image. You can either layer this image on your project or back it with white cardstock like I did, cut it out, and mount of foam tape to make it pop.

Another way to add color to a project using Sharpies is with pre-printed transparencies. For this card I cut out the images from the transparency sheet and used my Sharpie to add color to the borders and swirls.

I also challenged myself to use only scraps I found on my scrap desk. This is what I came up with:

A great tip when you can’t find the perfect color ink is to use your Sharpie markers. Find the color you want, run end over stamp, and quickly stamp the image.

The end result:

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!


Bunny B said...

That's such a pretty card! I love it!

Linda said...

NEVER would I have thought to use Sharpies like that!!! I see all the wonderful colors these things come in and never know what I would do with them. SOOOO excited to get all the colors now and PLAY!! That second card is just plain gorgeous!

Robyn W said...

CAN i please tell you all thank you for continuing to inspire me...thank you ...thank you

NanaBeth said...

Sharpies-I'd never thought it-I have tons of those. Thank you!

Kimberly said...

WOW! That is STUNNING! Completely amazing!! AMAZING!!

Thanks to you all for all the inspiration you are bringing to this blog! I love visiting!!

Jenn said...

I would NEVER have thought to stamp with Sharpies! Holy cow - this opens up a whole new range of colors. LOVE it Sherry (and the pieces are just amazing, too!).

Melissa said...

WOW----I am truly insrpied and in awe! This is amazing Sherry---so beautiful!

Barefootstamper said...

I want to go print all of those digital brushes and color them onto my cards now! I love this idea -- You got a shout out over at Card of the -- you can check it out at

Melanie said...

Sherry - this is excellent! I love your creations.

Julia said...

What an absolutely AMAZING idea Sherry for using the transparency and Sharpies!!! Beautiful projects too! ;-)

Miki said...

Beautiful projects Sherry! What a fun tutorial too..I can't wait to give it a try!

Papertrails by a paper lover said...

Oh my goodness! This card is stunning! Thank you for sharing. Just stumbled upon your blog and hooked! ;-)

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Oh my word...this is awesome Sherry! Wow! What great tips and toots you do!

Debbie Olson said...

WOW! I love both of these, but that card is just drop-dead gorgeous! I need some better transparencies. . . Must go shopping!

Stacey S said...

LOVE the card and bag, Sherry! the card is sooooo beautiful with the lace! Awesome use of those sharpies! Who woulda thunk it?! You're so darn creative!!!

nikki said...

Hey there, I just clicked 'Next Blog' and came across yours. Personally I'm interested in crafts, especially paper cratfs and often make cards myself. It's a rare chance to come across an inspiring blog like yours. I love your card. Peace=)

Fiona Carter said...

Beautiful ideas Sherry. The sharpies do give a nice colouring effect on the transparencies. Fiona x

Nancy Ward said...


Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

I'd appreciate your letting me know if that's OK.


Nancy Ward