Guest Designer: Marika Rahtu

Hello! I’m over the moon excited to be a guest designer here over at The Ton blog. First, I’d like to thank Effie for inviting me, it’s really been an honor for me. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.


I had so many ideas while I was going through the stamps to use for this guest post and for this first post, I decided to go for this beautiful set called Loose Peonies. I really fell in love for this Peony stamp set since it is so realistic. Unfortunately, the spring still awaits to come here in Finland so I can only dream of these beautiful blooms. While waiting the summer to come, I had fun colouring these dreamful blooms. I used my go-to-coloring method – copic markers combined with coloured pencils. For the sentiment, I used a stamp from The Ton’s It’s Cray Cray set.


I started by stamping the flowers and the leaves with light pink ink. Any light ink will quite well do, I chose to use light pink since I thought the lightest parts would be on the flower. Then I first laid the copic layers and added details with pencils. If you want to use the same colours as I used, I list the colors below.

Copic Markers: G20 – G43 – RV0000 – RV000 – V000 – V01

Faber Castell Polychromo Pencils: Ivory (103), Light Magenta (119), Pink Madder Lake (129), White (720), Earth Green Yellowish (168), Earth Green (172), Juniper Green (165), Warm Gray (270).

Hope you like what I created for this first guest post. Please, stay tuned for the two more to come!

Have a wonderful day!


18 thoughts on “Guest Designer: Marika Rahtu

  1. Jeanne says:

    Gorgeous! And congratulations on the guest designer spot. Happy to see your work again! Your coloring looks so beautiful. 🙂


    • Jennifer Knowles says:

      I have subscribed to your newsletter also I’ve started following. I’m excited to see and learn new ideas. Everything is so pretty.
      Thank you Jennifer knowles


  2. 3kidmama says:

    Such a gorgeous card – you really have a gift for coloring! The flowers have such beautiful depth and texture to them. Too bad my birthday was last month! 🙂


  3. Karen @ says:

    Marika, your work is work is breath taking! You have such a unique style; had I not read the blog post I would have immediately known it was you just because no one else has ever come close to reproducing your style of Art. And it truly is Art. You have such talent!!! So happy to see you sharing it again 🙂


  4. Michele F says:

    Congratulations, Marika! Well deserved, and Effie chose well so we could all marvel at your talent again! A gorgeous peony … really stunning, my friend! xx


  5. jintyoo7 says:

    How exciting to see you “guesting” for The Ton! Perfect set for you to showcase first – exquisite colouring on this beautiful card Marika. Looking forward to your next installment 🙂


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