Hi crafty friends! This is Lien again, with a very simple card using the stunning Cup Of Joy Digital stamp . This is a stamp set from our Coffee stamps collection.

For this card I started by arranging and sizing my image from the Cup Of Joy Digital stamp set in Canva. I set my page in Canva to be the size of an A2 size card so I know exactly what it will look like when it’s printed out.

Then, I printed it onto Clairefontaine DCP 250 gsm paper. I trimmed it out as an A2 sized panel using my paper trimmer and I start coloring. I’m using some alcohol markers for this (the Décotime Twinmarkers) to put down a base layer of color and some limited initial shading.

I then used my Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils to deepen the shading on every element. I go fairly dark on this to add a lot of contrast and depth. When that is all done I take my black colored pencil to add a drop shadow between the flowers and the cup. This makes everything stand out even more.

The last step in the coloring process is some highlights. I added those with a white gel pen. However, while the gel pen is still wet, I just slightly dab it with my finger to soften it a little bit.

To create the background, I’m first masking off the image by tracing it roughly onto a full stick post-it note and trimming it out. I put that mask in place along with a piece of purple tape to mask off a straight line at the bottom. Above that line I’m stenciling on a light pattern with Pinkfresh Studio inks in the color Passion Fruit.

There is some slight variation in pinks in some spots (I have to admit that’s there by accident because apparently I hadn’t cleaned my stencil properly). I applied the ink with a blending brush. I then move the purple tape mask up so I can blend on the brown grounding element using Distress ink Tea Dye and Pinkfresh Studio Doe ink.

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