CathyZielske_HoneyBee for SCT Magazine1  Today we’re introducing a brand new blog and YouTube series called Clean & Simple with Cathy Zielske. Not only is Cathy our magazine’s art director, but she’s a dedicated crafter, having been a scrapbooker since the early 2000s and a card maker for the past two years. Cathy will share her simple designs each month, as well as simplifying ways to create cards or layouts that you love. Take it away, Cathy!

Emboss Resist + Watercolour Markers + Honey Bee Stamps

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Do you ever get frustrated when trying to color in stamped images with lots of detail? If you’re like me, I love the look but have a hard time achieving it myself. I’m not a masterful marker user! But today, I’m sharing a simple way to add color using the emboss resist technique that I really believe simplifies the process of coloring images. CathyZielske_HoneyBee for SCT Magazine3

Using just four watercolor markers (Bumblebee Yellow, Orange, Bubblegum Pink and Rouge Pink), I created rainbow butterflies in literally a fraction of the time it would have taken me to add detailed coloring. CathyZielske_HoneyBee for SCT Magazine4

A little ink blend in the center connects the three butterflies that I ended up using, plus the entire card is framed with a nice white margin of space. Here is the video showing you the full process:

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope this inspires you to simplify the ways in which you add colour to detailed images! To see a full list of the supplies Cathy used for this project, visit her blog HERE!