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Old 08-30-2008, 08:47 AM   #1
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Like the fur on a santa suit or a polar bear. I understand that if it's a small area , just leave it white and do a little shading? But what if it's a big area? I tried leaving it white and letting just the white cardstock show and shading but it didn't work right. So if your cardstock is white and you have a large white area , and it's supposed to be something fuzzy , how do you do that?
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Old 08-30-2008, 08:50 AM   #2
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Well, for Santa fur I use SnowWriter or white Liquid Applique. I love the liquid applique because it "puffs" when you use your heat gun on it. Now for lets say "snowmen" I like to use my chalks with either a pale pale blue or light grey and just kind "highlite"
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Old 08-30-2008, 08:52 AM   #3
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A couple ideas...rather than actually coloring the areas, you could use white Stickles to fill them in...or you could add some texture by using white flock...hope that helps!
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Old 08-30-2008, 08:53 AM   #4
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poochiegrammy, do you mean you use the chalk to highlight ONLY , and just leave the white areas white? Sorry to be so dense.
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Old 08-30-2008, 08:55 AM   #5
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Yes, just leave the white CS and chalk for highlites

You're not dense... LOL
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Old 08-30-2008, 09:00 AM   #6
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Thank you. I was really having a hard time with this , hopefully this will help.
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Old 08-30-2008, 09:10 AM   #7
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Sometimes I just leave the white space white and go for a clean look. Here's what I did with the PTI Owl...it's huge! I'll prolly use paper piecing or watercolor pencils with it in the future, but I like how this really simple card turned out, too.
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Old 08-30-2008, 09:25 AM   #8
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Sometimes I use the white Souffle pen too. Just depends on the look I'm going for.

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Old 08-30-2008, 09:26 AM   #9
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Sharpie makes a water-based opaque white pen. They work really well for coloring white on images. They are sometimes hard to find, but Hobby Lobby carries them in their art department.
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I usually shade lightly right inside the stamped line with a light grey prismacolor pencil like this
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Where do you get liquid applique pens at?
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Archiver's sells the liquid applique. I haven't seen it anywhere else except online.
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If I"m watercoloring an image with areas that I want to be white, I'll usually "shadow" or highlight around the edges (inside of the image) and/or along creases, or anywhere I think is in a shadow and not in direct light, with a very light gray (going gray or sahara sand), light brown (creamy caramel or river rock), a very light blue (like soft sky), or a very light pink (pink pirhouette works sometimes, but even lighter than that would be better). The color I pick depends on the entire color scheme of the project. I find that with these 5 choices of colors, I can pretty much match any color theme.
Snow is usually the light blue or light gray.
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Thanks everyone for all the helpful information! Can't wait to try again.
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the angel company sells Liquid Applique....

We sell all colors of it too!!

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Sometimes I leave it white, sometimes I fill it with liquid applique (like this), sometimes I shade the inner edge with copic markers and use the blender pen

like this card (inside of penguin)

or this card (the inside of the sheep)

i usually try to fill in the white though.. i just feel like i gotta (even though i probably don't.. lol)
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I also lightly shade like most everyone else. I shaded this snowman with a blue watercolour.
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Once, when I wanted something white that was thicker than my white gel pen, I used a liquid White Out. It comes in a pen form. Just squeeze and scribble. Worked really well.
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I will usually shade the shadows of the white image with a grey/blue hue (depending on what I am using to color...pencils, Copics, watercolors)...or if it is a santa hat---flocking or liquid applique are fun.
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Where do you get liquid applique pens at?
I think I bought my liquid applique pen at AC Moore -- although I could be wrong -- it was a long time ago. If not AC Moore - Michaels.
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I have found liquid applique at Jo Anne's--but not in the paper crafts isle--they keep it with the fabric paints at my store...several colors, too, although I've only used the white.
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Another option for filling in larger areas and making them "fuzzy" is to use paper piecing. You would need a thicker solid-core card stock, like that sold by SU. Then use the faux suade technique -- crumple up a piece of card stock large enough for your image into a ball, open it up again and repeat until most of the fibers in the card stock are broken. At some point the layers card stock will start to separate in the corners. When this styarts to happen slowly try to peel the layers apart on the whole piece. If the paper fibers are broken, this should be easy to do. If it's not, crumple the card stock some more and try again.

After you peel the payers stamp your image on the inner "fuzzy" side of the card stock and use your paper snips to cut out the area you want colored and fuzzy. Then attach this piece over the image you stamped on your white card stock. And you have a "fuzzy" look without any coloring!
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i use a piece of either sponge or the plastic section of a scrubber and just pounce it on an ink pad and then pounce it on the white space. it just kills some of that really white areas. also, on small areas use a white gel pen that actually gives a silver tinge.
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I agree with 'tx stamper'. I do the same except most of the time I use colored pencils. I use a very light blue pencil and blend with extremely light blue marker for ice, snow and polar bears. I just apply small amount of color around inside edge of an image where I think the shadows will be. You don't have to blend with marker you could blend with anything that you usually use.
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Once, when I wanted something white that was thicker than my white gel pen, I used a liquid White Out. It comes in a pen form. Just squeeze and scribble. Worked really well.



How ever so clever. Going to hunt up my "what am I keeping this for" whiteout pen now. TFS
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I just found some Martha Stewart Opaque pens at Walmart. That might work. I do have a white Uniball Signo pen which is absolutely fabulous. It looks like a ball point pen but it's a white opaque ink. You can get either a medium or fine point. It's the best I've found so far. I got it at my local stamp store for $5.

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I had this same issue last year when trying to add "snow" to stamped evergreen trees. Here's what I wrote in my "technique" notebook:

White flocking powder on the "furry" spots, even on just the edges, should help define the image and give some nice surface texture.

A White-Out pen from the office supply store gives a bright white and very matte finish. Most of the white pens I used left a shiny finish. Puffy paint gave acceptable color results but I found it difficult to get a consistent "puff", though just the finest dusting of glitter on the very edges of the image before the paint was completely dry added a really nice touch.

What I finally ended up doing was stamping the tree with green ink onto almost white paper with a very slight green tint (white-white paper could be altered using pale ink like Adirondack Lights), then used the White-Out pen to add a bit of "snow" here and there. GREAT results!
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I either use my White Zig pen. Or for a shiny look I use the Gelly Glaze White pen. Or for texture, the Liquid Applique.
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I LOVE using white flock for the white areas that are fur such as a Santa suit or fur around the collar of a jacket. I have all different colors of flock for teddy bears, robes, flowers etc. and I got them on polkadotplaza.com
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I usually use white or Diamond Stikles. But a only use a tiny bit so the white will still show through. Just a little shimmer.

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Marianne Walker did a very helpful post here about "coloring" white and transparent things.
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