My No black Lines Scene – TOMIC masking stamp challenge!

Zoe August 8, 2011 62

Hi Everyone,

Well as you may know I am definitely one to love creating a scene and so the challenge of Masking Stamps at TOMIC this week is right up my alley! I decided to go hybrid and so I have masked my traditional rubber stamps with digital stamps. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also just to make things extra challenging I decided to take my new obsession of ‘no black lines’ to the extreme and colour a WHOLE scene. Crazy is definitely the way to describe it. ๐Ÿ˜€

But here is the result. Not bad for my first attempt and colouring a scene. I didn’t do any practice or throw anything away in the bin – I just hoped that I would be able to hide any mistakes. I guess the one good thing about having no lines is that you can hide your mistakes easier, you just pretend it wasn’t there! hahaa

So here is the result

It looks a bit bright in the photo but I often have trouble trying to get the colours adjusted just right. Try and imagine it slightly more muted. Haha

To create this scene I started by arranging my digital stamps for the background. I used Petals & Palings, Snap Dragon Garden and Pebblestone Patch from Make it Crafty. I changed the transparency of the digital image so there would be no black lines and tried to match the darkness of the lines to the ink I was stamping with. I set mine to 10% but your printer may be different so you will need to experiment with what works best for you. I suggest going as light as you can before you have trouble seeing the lines.

After deciding on my background digital scene, I stamped Tilda with Watering Can using Adirondack Cloudy Blue ink. Then I masked her by stamping her onto some scrap and cutting her out and adding low tack glue to the back.

I lined up the digital stamp with Tilda to ensure it would print in the correct spot.

Finally I then masked the fence and Tilda and then stamped the magnolia Blooming Spring Tree in the background.

The image took hours to colour. I decided to start with the background and move towards the front. I had trouble with the greenery and just kept my fingers crossed that it would work out in the end when I added the prisma pencils. It is better but I certainly need a lot more practice.

If you look carefully I attempted to make the white areas on Tilda’s top ‘see-through’. It’s something I am still experimenting with having been challenged by Michelle in my FB group.


I have been having some trouble figuring out how to colour the hair on this Tilda and I am quite a bit happier with this attempt. I have another idea up my sleeve that I may try when I get a chance. ๐Ÿ™‚

I highly recommend popping over to see the other fabulous creations made by the Magnolia team and I do hope you will be able to join us this week!

I hope you like my masked creation and I hope you like the idea of stamping with no black lines. I really feel like it is more like painting an image than colouring a ‘colouring book’ so to speak. I had to look at the image in a whole new light and try and work out how I would break up all the elements only using my shading skills. It was definitely worth the challenge!

Thanks so much for popping by.

Big Aussie Squeezes

Zoe xxoo


  1. Tracy August 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    wow, this takes on a 3d look… very spooky!!! she just pops right out!

  2. Anita August 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    omg zoe that looks awesome..

  3. Trudie Howard August 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    Zoe, this absolulty beautiful…. I knew it was going to be something pretty special but this is out of this world…… (speechless now) xxxxxx

  4. Aj. August 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    WOW Zoe, just wow !



  5. Alina August 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I’ll come back later to comment, now I’m speechless!

  6. Renkata August 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Zoe I just don”t haave words ……….
    This is DIVINE scene and colouring.
    I just love the see-through.

  7. paola August 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    THIS IS JUST FABULOUS Zoe!!! i am gobsmacked and have no words to describe how i am feeling. Perhaps i should just hang up my copics so to speak and leave it to the real artists. Your work is phenomenal, when i grow up i wanna be just like you

  8. Clare T August 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Wowwee! I don’t have words to say how much I love this card.
    Hugs, Clare x

  9. August 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    OMG this is amazing! I wish i could do something like this! YOure amazing Zoe!

  10. lotta.sandra.pettersson August 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    This is gorgeous Zoe!!!!
    Hugs Sandra

  11. Maria Therese August 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous ?? Is it pencils your using for coloring??

  12. angelique August 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    hiya sweetie
    i stil can’t believe how gorgeous this is
    i would love to try it to, but have no idea yet how to start
    have a great day sweetie
    hugs angelique

  13. alethea August 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    This is absolutely amazing!!! I think I am going to have to try this although I am nowhere near in the league of colouring like you!!Thanks for the inspiration. Hugsxx

  14. beth schiller August 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    You never cease to amaze me! Gorgeous!!

  15. Kitty August 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Hi Perfectionism !! Colouring always blows me away ! So inspired ! Thanks Kitty ;0)

  16. cgl1539 August 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Absolutely fabulous, but totally out of my league. I swear you just keep making it harder on yourself and then rising to the occasion, I am so impressed with this scene on your card.

  17. Anonymous August 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    My mouth fell so far open that you could almost see my teeth from the other side of the world!
    This is so lovely I don’t know what to say.
    Hugs Gea

  18. Anonymous August 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Morning or should I say evening Zoe… OMG you really have raised the bar sug, I just don’t know where to start…..You carried it through every image, it must have taken you hours and hours. I had a little go last night and it’s tricky just with one image. You went the whole nine yards…..

    Absolutely mindblowingly Gorgeous!!!!!!

  19. Janette August 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Just fabulous, don’t know how you do it..xx

  20. Anonymous August 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    It looks like a “cel” from a cartoon. Such a neat effect! I want to try the light ink.


  21. Angela Wood August 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Zoe, this is beautiful! Your coloring looks amazing and the hair looks awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰ but I like the hair coloring on your other image too. Thanks for always explaining how you do things – you’ve taught me so much. You have a gift Zoe! hugs, Angela

  22. creafrea August 8, 2011 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Hi Zoe, wow hun, this is just amazing!! I love this way of colouring!! The effect is totally different without the black lines. I must give it a go (I’ll probably end up with a full bin LOL). Thanks again for your help with the MS Word trouble. I did head over and bought some of the steampunk images straight away. Gonna try them out today!! Hugs, Frea

  23. Dana Christiansen August 8, 2011 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    This is gorgeous Zoe!! I love the painterly look you’ve achieved and can’t wait to give it a go. Thanks for the inspiration brilliant lady : )

  24. lindaarbo August 8, 2011 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous coloring it is so airy without the black lines but I dรณ NOT it’s going to be a trend. LOL TFS your talent.

  25. Melanie August 8, 2011 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    “Gorgeous” hardly seems sufficient a word…Zoe, you never cease to leave me in awe! This is so beautiful…and your shading skills definitely shine! (well, they always do!) I absolutely love this effect. Thanks for sharing your talent and for always being a source of inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. aunty sue August 8, 2011 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    so amazing but peeping on facebook knew it would be

  27. KimberleyG August 8, 2011 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Very impressive. There is more texture to your no lines images.

  28. Annette August 9, 2011 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Wow, this is just stunning, I see what you meant the other day about today’s creation being a special one. All those layers of image are just fab for a whole scene. Love it Zoe. Annette xx

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  30. auntie lisa August 9, 2011 at 1:00 am - Reply

    Well…..I think you colored this image perfectly!!! You don’t need to practice anymore except to share more of your amazing talent with us!!! And the “see through” top looks perfectly “see through”!!! Now I need to try this technique….I love how it looks. Going to hunt for an ink pad to use with my copics…..don’t have any pale colored ones…another excuse to shop!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us! xxxxx

  31. Trexxann August 9, 2011 at 1:20 am - Reply

    Hooley Dooley – ZOMG – Zoe you have started a revolution! This is stunning, you are outstanding and it’s awesome to witness how you inspire others, gorgeous girl! xx

  32. Celina August 9, 2011 at 2:04 am - Reply

    That is just insane! I can’t imagine how long it took you to color and shade that just right. I’m jealous of your talent!

  33. Dawn Frost August 9, 2011 at 2:10 am - Reply

    She is totally gorgeous Zoe! I think you did a fabulous job on making her top see through. Fantastic scene!

  34. Happy Days August 9, 2011 at 2:50 am - Reply

    WOW – just amazing. x

  35. Anonymous August 9, 2011 at 3:16 am - Reply

    Wow! The difference is just AMAZING!!!! So beautiful!
    Rene ๐Ÿ˜€

  36. *Vicki* August 9, 2011 at 3:18 am - Reply

    WOW!! This is just amazing with the coloring!!! I love this!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Carole S August 9, 2011 at 3:36 am - Reply

    Hi, WOW WOW WOW, this is BRILLIANT, I just love it, I am just starting to use the make it crafty digi`s and to learn to merge them, this is a totally new dimention, I just love this, great work, love Carole

  38. Anonymous August 9, 2011 at 4:13 am - Reply

    One word…AMAZING!!!
    Wish one day I’ll be able to colour in like you but that will never happen, I still have a loooooooooooong way to go until I’ll be half as good as you ^^
    You’re a true artist!

  39. Sue S. August 9, 2011 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful idea and what a lovely piece of work you’ve created.
    Sue S.

  40. Monique August 9, 2011 at 4:22 am - Reply

    Wow Zoe. This is awesome !

    Hugs Monique

  41. Shazza August 9, 2011 at 5:02 am - Reply

    WOWEEEEE!!!!!!!! This is so beautiful Zoe- your coloruing is superb and I am loving the no black lines look x

  42. Sandy Dehon August 9, 2011 at 5:08 am - Reply

    This is absolutely gorgeous Zoe —

  43. Rhonda Miller August 9, 2011 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Wow, this is gorgeous. TFS.

  44. Louise Hodge August 9, 2011 at 5:18 am - Reply

    Fabulous!! Looks amazing

  45. Jean Hempel August 9, 2011 at 6:23 am - Reply

    Stunning, amazing, gorgeous, adorable, beautiful, dazzling, striking, a knockout and just simply one of a kind.. a real winner!!!
    Hugs, Jean

  46. Candy August 9, 2011 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Hi Zoe,
    Gosh I am just awestruck with your card.
    You know, I noticed the see through sleeves before I even read you were trying it out!!
    Your colouring makes the whole scene look real.
    So awesome! That was a heck of a lot of masking too :o)

  47. Delphine August 9, 2011 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Absolutely WOW WOW WOW, Zoe! I love the no lines mum look:-) and the see-through areas are fantastic! I also wanted to thank you, the MIC blending card I won has reached France safely, postal services can be fast! Have a lovely day! Hugs Delphine xx

  48. Linda J August 9, 2011 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Wow this is Fabulous and out of this world!!!!! Boy sure wish I could do this!!!!!! Wow absolutely stunning!!!!!

  49. Maz August 9, 2011 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Hi Zoe!
    Your scene is awesome. I love the look. The one thing that I really love is the see through sleeves. You did an awesome job on that. Just perfect. I love the dark ground too. It seems to give it depth. everything is gorgeous. I love the layout of the card as well. I’m so enjoying your tutorials and ideas.
    Hugs Maz

  50. LorraineN August 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Wow, what a gorgeous stunning creation! It looks so cool & soft without any black lines!

  51. Peg Adams August 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Zoe, what an awesome card! You are so talented. The no black lines look reminds me of colored clip art images. That you hand colored it is just so amazing. Like another poster, I would love to know how you achieved the transparency on Tilda’s sleeves. Just awesome.

  52. Yvonne Tune August 10, 2011 at 3:49 am - Reply

    on a great blog, what a very talented lady you are, your art work surpassed any other site I have found,
    Absolutely stunning. the images are so clear and just don’t look like they have been hand done. Brilliant is all I can say

  53. autumn0725 August 10, 2011 at 6:05 am - Reply

    This is absolutely amazing Zoe and the effect is awesome!!! Love, love, love it!!

  54. Julie August 10, 2011 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Amazing! Simply Amazing!

  55. Rae LQ August 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    She looks stunning! Funny how she really looks like an animated figure with the black lines – and without, almost life like! This my new “favorite thing Zoe does” ๐Ÿ™‚ i am going to be up all night trying to emulate this. You are so talented, thanks for sharing your amazing artwork with us

  56. Delphine August 12, 2011 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my pink and brown Zoe, Zoe, it means a lot:-)! Your scene above has not changed, I am still WOWED (not sure that is English:-)…! Hugs Delphine xx

  57. val August 13, 2011 at 2:23 am - Reply

    O.M.G Zoe this is absolutly stunning!, i`m gobsmacked, you are such a talented lady. Hugs Val. xx

  58. Sharon Peele August 13, 2011 at 11:29 am - Reply

    wow this is wonderful!! your coloring is just outstanding!! I too love to color without black lines! It really changes the look! Awesome job Zoe!!

  59. ForgottenScraps August 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    The sheer looks fabulous! Oh, and I saw your two projects in the Magnolia magazine!! My Mom’s birthday is next month and I’ve bookmarked them for her when she opens it. He he he! ๐Ÿ˜€

  60. Anonymous August 15, 2011 at 4:27 am - Reply

    Just love how the no black lines looks, it is just wonderful! What fabulous colouring Zoe! Kim

  61. Erika August 16, 2011 at 2:44 am - Reply

    Stunning. x

  62. Amelia Lamb October 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Hi Zoe,

    Your card is just beautiful, and also very inspirational!! This no black line technique is amazing and something I too would like to try, however I colour with distress inks – do you by chance know how well this would work with the distress inks?


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