Saturday, June 9, 2018

Adding Drop Shadows with Wplus9 Color My Word + Wplus9 Guest Design

Hey folks!

I’m so happy to be back with another Guest Design post for Wplus9! In today's I’m stamping a simple background, coloring it in and finishing it off with a drop shadow. I think adding drop shadows are one of the easiest and coolest ways to finish of a card. In fact, I think it makes such a huge difference that I rarely make a card without one.

I wanted to use the COLOR MY WORLD Stamp Set for a couple of reasons. For starters is super cute! Also, I like the size and shape of the images. I knew that I wanted to stamp a pretty simple background on my card panel and these were perfect! The paint tubes aren’t symmetrical, but the lines of the image are mostly straight and that helps a bunch when stamping a full background!

You can watch the video on how I made my cards HERE. You can also click on the thumbnail link below.

I started by stamping the sentiment on a 4” x 5.25” piece of Neenah SOLAR WHITE cardstock. I stamped the sentiment and the one bent tube first then built the background around that. Since I was going to be coloring with Copic’s, I used Simon Says Stamp INTENSE BLACK Ink. I have my copic colors listed in the thumbnail links below.

Before I started coloring, I used a pencil and I lightly noted on the panel what color I wanted each tube to be. I knew that I wanted them to be in rainbow order, but I wanted to make sure that the colors would be pretty even across the panel.

After I had the panel colored in, I wanted to add a drop shadow to each of the tubes. Drop shadows are hands down the easiest way to finish of your cards. You could skip it if you like, but I think adding a drop shadow gives your images or scene a more finished look. 

I colored all of the tubes in as if they had a center light source, but I added the drop shadow as if my light source was in the top right. When you have a background as busy as this your light sources don’t necessarily need to match. The eye can take it all in as a whole, but it won’t rest on anything in particular that tells you that your light sources don’t match. More importantly what you will see is that your finished card will look three dimensional. That’s my favorite part! 

Since I feel that adding drop shadows are a nice finishing touch to my cards, I typically skip adding any embellishments. However, what’s a card without a little (or a lot) of glitter? So I did add a bunch of Nuvo Aqua Shimmer CLEAR Glitter Gloss to the highlights on all of the images. 

I think black and rainbow are perfect together so I adhered my card panel to a top folding notecard of Wplus9 BLACK Cardstock and called it good!

That’s it! Easy peasy.

I hope you enjoyed my card today and as always I enjoyed being here for Wplus9! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time!


  1. This is a fantastic stamp set and Cynde you have done an amazing job creating/colouring this card.

  2. I love how you coloured this Cynde, I have coloured it a couple of times and felt happy with what I had done but never added drop shadow, now I am going to try that. Its a perfect set to try that with . Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful skill so well. XX Aileen


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