Outline Coloring with Lisa Johnson

Hello friends! It’s great to be back with my MFT family for this guest post. I really love these new images and had a lot of fun creating with them.

One of my very favorite ways to add color to linear stamp images is outline coloring. I use a Copic Marker to outline the image on coordinating colored card stock, then tightly trim the image, and finally layer the trimmed image onto a coordinating white die cut that been stamped with the image.

Here is the sweet girl turtle from the Too-Cute Turtles stamp set. There are several layers on this final turtle image.

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The head/neck, shell, and feet/body are all separate layers. The head/neck is the top layer and the shell is trimmed with part of the head section of the image still there. This photo shows the detail:

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

When I use multiple layers with this technique, I also like to outline the image on the middle layer. It’s nice to add some extra depth this way.

Here is another example of this technique with just a single layer using the the sweet frog from Toad-ally Awesome:

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I also added a few decorative dots on the frog.

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I really like outline coloring. I like coloring images 100% as well, but this is a nice change of pace. Give this technique a try — it’s especially great if you are intimidated by coloring but really love linear images.

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  • Mary-Anne V

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    Never thought of this idea of outline colouring…thanks fir tge great examples.

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  • Ann Marie Short

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    Sooo cute !!!

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  • Kathy

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    Every set is cuter than the next!!!! The froggies have wonderful possibilities!!!

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  • Michelle Daschka

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    Love the turtle.

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  • CINDY Aguirre

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    Cute technique! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Leslie Little

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    I don’t understand either. Love the look though and the simplicity.

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  • FD91354

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    Love this idea, but I dont quite understand.. A video or a couple of step pictures would be helpful.

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  • Jen Forster

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    These are so cute! Love your style – thanks for sharing.

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  • Lagene

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    I love this outlining technique, it really does make the image pop!

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