Tuesday 23 August 2011

Borderless images.....

There's been a bit of a trend going on in blogland and on the make it crafty facebook page for colouring your images WITHOUT a black stamped border.  The idea is to either stamp in a pale colour (grey or beige) or print at a reduced quality if a digi, and to try to colour the image.  I have to say it is pretty tricky, but the resulting effect is similar to the sorts of illustrations you see in children's books and I really like it!

This is my first attempt at colouring without black, so be gentle with me:

I was really happy with the hat - I think it looks very leather like with all the blending, but the clothes need more work.  Once I'd coloured her I added the eyes back in black with a fineliner as they had all but disappeared in the beige momento ink I'd used to stamp with under the copics on her face.  I added a white dot to them too.  I then cut her out, and mounted her onto a a card with a suitably "cowgirl" background.

Stamps:  Greeting Farm Wild West Anya, Waltzingmouse  Way Out West  (background) and Back in the Saddle (sentiment)
Other materials - copic markers, spellbinders lables die, ribbon punch, ribbon, momento ink (dessert sand), DL card blank

Challenges entered:
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything goes
Challenge up your life - No patterned paper
Sir Stampalot - Anything goes

So, go and dig out a nice pale ink pad and give it a go - I dare you!

Craftilicious x


  1. Oh gosh what a challenge! I have seen this technique; and am horrified of it...you have done such an awesome job with the coloring! Love it; and I just love cowgirl images...SUPER cute! This image is so well complimented in your card.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment:0)


  2. Oh wow Tara, well done you. I struggle to colour when there are black lines so I`ve got no chance lol. Yours is fabulous and very professional.
    Lynne xxx

  3. Very cute! Your colouring looks excellent to me. Thanks so much for sharing with us at sir stampalot this month and good luck!

  4. Looks beautiful, must give it a go. Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.

  5. What a great effect but sounds tricky! I need to master the colourng first...reminds me of an art teacher I once had that hated black lines, she was right not one thing has a black line around it!
    Fab card, she looks great cut out and mounted onto the PP.
    Jenny x

  6. What a super piece and great effect.

    Thank you so much for joining in at Stampalot Challenge this month, good luck and hope to see your again.

    B x

  7. wow this looks so cool! I love it and think it would perfectly fit to myself - just moves to Tennessee :D - great work!

    thanks so much for joining us over at CUYL!!

    xx M.

  8. I love seeing this new way of colouring, Fab Entry, thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge, Good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  9. Fantastic! I'm so glad you explained this technique to me. I've been wondering just how this effect is done. You made me want to try it - we'll see if I get brave enough. Your card is just wonderfully done. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us Aud Sentiments!

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