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Published on June 11th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain


Shading Diecuts with Sharpies

Hello! I have a Cricut layout to share with you today. I also wanted to share a technique I use on occasion. This technique uses markers to highlight and shade diecuts to give them more intensity, and makes them pop on your page – shading diecuts with Sharpies.

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As you can see, the shading on the lettering, dog highlights, and cupcake really add texture to the layout. You can do this easily. And it’s very dynamic looking, especially for those who really want thinner layouts (after all, they should fit into an album at some point, right?)

What I did was to pick colors that closely match my cardstock. I do a check, after my cutting is done, on a little scrap of the paper and see if it’s a good match.

I use Sharpies and Bics, no special love for either one, but I do suggest the biggest pack of mixed colors you can find. I find them for 36 for about $15 give or take.

Shading Diecuts with Sharpies - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Once I have found my color. I use a piece of scrap paper under my diecut, then go just along the outside edge of the cut. Sometimes if the color is very subtle, I will do a second layer. Be sure to be consistent, because if you switch from one to two layers, you can see the difference. On the title I did a side shading, just shading on the left/top side of the Birthday cut, on the Wishes, I used a right/bottom side shading. Mix it up, it’s your layout and it looks great! For the dog, I shaded his hat and collar, then added a little to the top of the hat and nose.

For the cupcake, I only shaded the cherry and leaves, adding my shading in a circular motion to make it as if there is a gleam on the cherry. I highlighted the leaves to make them look rounded, adding the darker color in a middle vein and along the outside edges.

Shading Diecuts with Sharpies - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

For this page, I used Birthday Bash and Creative Cards cartridges. Papers are a mix of cardstock and My Mind’s Eye papers.

I hope you will give this technique a try!



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