The best way to get back into doing something you love (or trying something new) is to just start doing it. I'm not showing you the pieces I threw out (believe there were quite a few) but the pieces I loved, I kept and turned into card fronts.
This heart was just a doodle that I started and colored in. Then I added shading with another pen in a similar color. Next, I added a messy outline. The messy outline is a nod to my friend Joanne Fink, whose Zenspirations lettering and drawing method uses multiple outlines as a way to disguise mistakes and also add depth to an image. I really enjoy how the outline gets darker as it overlaps the other colored parts of the image -- its like watercolor!
I love to ink the edges of paper with inkpads, but, since I already had the markers on the table, I decided to use the brush tip of the Tombow Dual Brush Pens , blending the colors just as I had blended them in the drawing of the heart.