Happy, joyful Thursday, crafty friends! Today, Blog Team designer, Kay Miller joins us with some snappy tips on adding depth to stamped images and shares how she created this stunning Christmas card!

As it is the season of giving, we want to celebrate by giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store! Read on for details…

Kay’s Notes: Hi there! Today I’m going to show you how you can quickly add depth and
dimension to your stamped floral images with Copic (or alcohol-based) markers.

Kay’s Notes: First
stamp your images and cut them out if you’d like. For my card, I used TE’s Peaceful Poinsettias  and coordinating Poinsettias die set. Next, you’ll want to
find a Copic marker color that is just a shade or two darker than the
ink you used to stamp with. (Hint: You might want to stamp a practice image to
use for testing which marker looks the best.)

Kay’s Notes: Then you
just shade a small amount near the inner or center parts of the leaves (or blooms). I
used a quick flick of the brush marker on mine. This doesn’t
have to be super neat as you can see by my examples and will in fact give it a more natural appearance. Just be careful to not go all the
way to the outside edge. If it doesn’t look dark enough when it dries,
you can go back over it just a bit with the same marker and it will
darken it some more.

Kay’s Notes: After I finished coloring and
shading my die cut pieces I put them together to make a lovely Christmas
card. I used Label Stacklets 3 and cut the next-to-the-largest one
out of a white panel, then cut a smaller one out of Sugar Cube card
stock and popped them both up with foam tape on a green panel. I
layered my poinsettia and leaves with foam tape and adhered it to the
top of the smaller inside white stacklet. I next cut the Joy circle from the Treat
Topper
dies and glued it to the inside white stacklet shape, too.

Kay’s Notes: For a final touch, I cut a swirl from
the Curly Swirlies dies, cut it in half and glued each piece just under
the poinsettia leaves.

Are you ready to try out this pretty and quick coloring technique? Well, we’re giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one lucky winner to get you started! The lucky winner might want to invest in some Copic Markers, stamps, dies…anything that inspires to create and share joy!

How to Enter: For your chance to win, simply leave a comment below telling us about your most recent joyful moment by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, November 23, 2014. We will choose one lucky winner at random to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store! Good luck and we will announce the winner here on the TE Blog next week!

Thanks so much, Kay, for showing us these easy tips on adding depth to stamped floral images! Visit Kay’s blog, My Joyful Moments, for more of her die-cut inspiration!