This month we're celebrating both Friendship and also spotlighting techniques.
What do you see first when you look at this card? I hope the colored ladies. When you have a highly detailed stamp like this one, a good way to draw the eye to what you want to see first, is to color only that part.
I stamped this Lost Coast Designs stamp with Jet Black Archival ink. Then with my aqua pen and Distress Inks I colored the two ladies (they remind me of my sister and me in about 30 years... grin).
For this next step you could use water colors but I used my Copic pens. The alcohol in the Copics slightly smudges the Archival ink..but in this case it acts to sharpen the ladies.
With BG10 I went around each colored lady just outside the colored area. Then to blend that blue, I used B000 to feather that color out a bit more. Now they seem to pop off the page!
Finally, I used a sponge to add a neutral color around all the edges. And in a half moon arch I added a halo of Vintage Photo outside the blue outline. After the Copics dry you can almost not see that hint of color.
I then finished the card on a neutral base.