No Line Coloring – Caffeinated Parrot

Hello my crafty friend! It’s another busy day here at Pear Blossom Press. Not only am I sharing this fun, no line coloring project, but we’ve also got a really cool collaboration hop going with Gina K Designs! Hop along with us for some great light-up card inspiration. And that’s not all; we also have a very special guest designer, Valerie Powell, participating in the Wild Hearts Card Drive hop on Instagram today. Be sure to hop along there too! But before you go, let’s talk about no line coloring…

Why is it so hard?! If you’ve never heard of no line coloring, the idea is to stamp images in pale ink. Then, as you color the images, the outlines blend in, and seem to fade away. The problem for me, is that the interior lines often end up too pale to see once I start coloring. Even with my glasses!

I love the look though, so I keep trying. And I’m always searching for tips and techniques to make it easier. One such tip from Kathy Racoosin, is to stamp with a slightly darker ink. She recommends Gina K’s Warm Glow ink. Today, I decided to give it a try. And look, it worked! Of course, I still need practice, but that’s what today’s card was designed to be, practice…

For this scene, I stamped the flower from Turtle Botanical, masked it off, and stamped leaves from Pretty in Peony all around. I masked off a few leaves where the Caffeinated Parrot would overlap, then I stamped him. I colored everything with Copic markers, and freehand drew in a few extra leaves and stems to fill in the lower left corner. I also added dark green dots around the foliage. 

Once I was happy with the scene, I trimmed the panel down, stamped a green sentiment from Blended Sentiments 2, and foam mounted it to a kraft card base. A few scattered gold gems add sparkle to the scene. Lol, I have to admit, I’m pretty pleased with it. Compared to my previous no line coloring projects, this one actually looks like the original stamped images (although, I accidentally edited out the steam that is supposed to be rising from his mug). I think the Warm Glow ink might just be the ticket! I’d love to know what you think. Any good tips to share for no line coloring? 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Don’t forget to check out our collaboration hop with Gina K Designs, and the Wild Hearts Card Drive hop over on Instagram. Both hops have some great prizes, and tons of fantastic inspiration you won’t want to miss. I’ll see you there!

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  1. Card looks beautiful from here Amanda! Always hoping a currently owned supply item can be used. Do you suggest any other inks as equivalent? Might be fun to try. Thanks!

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