By Colleen McCauley
Clear or Colored Skittles
Stamp your image on the glossy side of the tissue paper. I used one of my favorite stamps, “Cupcake” by Belles ‘n Whistles, designed by Elisabeth Bell. I prefer to have a magazine under the tissue paper when I stamp. I use a piece of tissue paper big enough to tuck under the magazine for extra stability. To prevent the ink from bleeding, I use a spare piece of cardstock under the tissue paper, as well. I also love my magnetic cutting mat by We R Memory Keepers, having the magnets to hold the tissue paper in place as I color helps to prevent tearing and wrinkling.
I used Tsukineko Brilliance ink in Graphite Black so that I could color with the copic markers, and prevent bleeding. The candle I used is 2.8 x 6 inches, so I stamped the image twice.
When coloring on the tissue paper, I find that the usual style of blending with copics can cause the paper to tear, so I choose colors for my images that will blend easily, and I try to not to blend too much. Unfortunately, the wonderful shading that copics are known for on paper is much more difficult to achieve on tissue. I also use a very light touch when adding the color to the tissue paper. I love my magnetic cutting mat by We R Memory Keepers, having the magnets to hold the tissue paper in place as I color helps to prevent tearing and wrinkling.
Here is a list of the colors I used on this candle:
Skin: E00, E01
Cheeks, Lips: R20
Hair: YR31, Y21 and just a touch of #35 for highlights
Bonnet: YG23, Yg06, and G14 to darken the edges
Bow: YG23, YG06, and G14 for shadows
Sleeves and collar: Yg23, the stripes are G14 and E99
Apron: YR02, YR65 for shadows
Pants: YG23 base, YG06 Highlights, G24 for darker areas
Cupcake: RV02 icing, R29 Cherries, E13 Holder
Kitty: E99 body, E31 Chest, Lightly add R29 for nose & inner ear
Flowers on sleeves and bonnet: RV02, B02, RV09, RV17, FY1, and FYR1
Here a couple of pictures of the image in progress. You can see the color bleeding through the tissue paper; it looks very dark in the first picture. I lifted the paper in the second picture so you can get an idea of how light the colors really are.
I hope you try this technique out. It's easy as pie, and a wonderful gift from the heart! Here's the complete set.