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Sepia tutorial

By: Debbie Ebat, Artistic Guide

 Finished card size: 5.75 X 5.75"

Blooming Wonderful SWAK (Crafter's Companion)

White from my Stash

Brown  from my Stash
Cream from my Stash
Rustic Stack  (Die Cut With a View)
Rich Coco Memento ink pad (Tsukineko)

Rusty Hinge Distress ink pad (Ranger)
   Copic Pens: (.too Corp)
E33, E35, E37, YR24  Hair

    E50, E51, E53, E55   Dress
    E30, E31, YR20  Skin
    E04, YR21, YR24, E33, E35, E11, E50 Flowers
Petite Ovals, small (Spellbinders)

Lace corner Deco E (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Anastasia Border (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Acrylic flower (Unknown)

Adhesive Rhinestones Pearls (Recollections)
Paper Doily (Unknown)
Amaretto Memories Mists (Stewart Superior)
Zots (Therm-o-Web)
Dries clear adhesive (Art Glitter)
Inkssentials ink applicator (Ranger)
Double stick tape
Grand Calibur machine (Spellbinders)

This is a two-part blog post because I felt like it would be too big to put both cards on the same post.  I wanted to do a card in a Black and White coloring technique to mimic black and white photos with a spot of color, and also do a Sepia card on the same post so you could compare the two together. Sepia coloring on new photos mimics the old printed photos of yesteryear.  Be sure to come back next week to check out the Black and White tutorial.


I started my card by stamping the image in brown Memento ink.

I colored the skin first, using copic colors: E30, E31, YR20. The YR20 is what gives the image the classic shade of Sepia.

Next I colored the hair using copic markers: E33, E35, E37, YR24.

Next came the dress with copic colors:  E50, E51, E53, E55.

Last I colored the flowers, using colors: E04, YR21, YR24, E33, E35, E11, E50.

To do the design of the card I decided to go with a distressed look. I cut the image using the petite oval, then distressed the edges using the ink applicator and Rusty Hinge distress ink.

The doily was white and I sprayed it with the Memories Mists, Amaretto, and set it aside to dry.

The dies were cut out of cream paper.  I cut two corners and one border.

Now it is time to assemble all the pieces.  Layer the brown cardstock and the designer paper, then the border dies.

Then layer the doily. I used glue to attach the doily and also the corner dies.

The final touch was to put the image onto the doily, then  distress the base card the same way I did the petite oval.   I applied the acrylic flower with a glue dot and the pearl was glued into the center. Then the pearls were added to the corner  dies.

I hoped you enjoyed this portion of the tutorial  on sepia coloring.   Stay tuned for the black and white tutorial next week.


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  1. Very nice. Love the look.