Sunday, December 5, 2021

Tips for Adding Detail to Small Images

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I have a little walkthrough for you today of some tips I use when I'm working with small images, and I still want them to have fun details and dimension. This is a sneaky peeky of the new Hero Kit! This image I cut out of a full background stamp image that is this incredible - a full 6x6 city neighborhood background.

So these images individually are fairly small, but that doesn't mean they can't have a lot of details!

Here are my tips.

1) Cut your images out carefully - take your time and use both a craft knife - I love this teeny one the best - and then use a dark grey or black marker to go around all the cut edges to eliminate white edges. 
2) Do base coloring with alcohol markers. I prefer these fineliner ones the best for detailed images. (Coupon code below).
3) Using a fineliner dark grey marker to create dimension around gables, under windows, around tree edges etc. Simple coloring only - don't worry about blending it out. 
4) Using a white paint pen - I used a fine point pen - add dots or dashes for highlights.
5) Layer color - for example, the trees and the grass are the same green as the trees. But after coloring the grass, I added a yellow layer to differentiate it but still keep it harmonious.

I laid this piece across an opening cut with a Circle Infinity Die for max contrast. 

Y'all are going to have some fun on Monday. I have NINE cards for you! :)

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  1. Thanks for the tips and links! This card was beautifully done.... down to the details on that yellow door panel. Really lovely! Another card showcasing the versatility of the kit. Thank you.

  2. Great job on making these small images stand out. Perfect card.

  3. Great card you made with the background stamp !
    Thank you for the tips and ideas !

  4. What a clever idea to use part of the background. I love the colors, so bright & pretty.

  5. Lydia, I love the contrast of the colours on the houses against that black circle infinity die. Looks super! Thank you for explaining little extra things you can do to make those details stand out & give dimension. I am always drawn to dies & stamps that have houses &/or buildings. This die alone has so much versatility & it would be a wonderful addition to my craft supplies.

  6. I love that you demonstrate the detail of the background stamp. It isn't every background stamp that can boast this ability. Lovely card!

  7. Oh my goodness! I love how you cut this image out of the background stamp!

  8. Great idea to use just part of the background stamp. With a little "fussy cutting", it's perfect.

  9. such an amazing job your idea is over the top love this months kit

  10. Great idea using just part of the background stamp! I love the bright colors. Thanks for the tips.

  11. Love what you did with this stamp! and appreciate your tips, too. And your colors are so vibrant! Thank you!

  12. Way to modify the stamp set to make a different looking card. Can't wait to see the full card kit.

  13. The bright colours really pop with the black circle background. What a great background stamp.

  14. Thanks for explaining how and that it comes from the main kit. Your bright colors against the black really make it pop!


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