Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Halloween Card with a Twist!

Today the sweet Friends of SCACD group and the SCACD DT are showcasing digital Fall images ~ some come with a twist as they are not necessarily images you'd think of for use on Fall projects.  If you would like to see all of the folks sharing their Fall inspiration today, not to mention a shot at some yummy blog candy, head on over to the SCACD Store Blog for details.  Susana's also offering a sweet FREE digi image thru 10-5 so be sure to check it out!! 

My project is one of the ones that comes with a twist....  I thought it would be fun to use this image...Winter Friends and turn her into a witch!

Winter Friends

and here's what I came up with....


I knew I wanted to make her in layers because it just screams dimension to me so I printed out 3 copies of the same image. I am using my Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils and baby oil to color the main image...I'll be using PanPastels for the background.

NOTE:  You wouldn't necessarily have to print out three but I am a messy color-er so I wanted to make sure I had enough just in case.  If you do print multiples and find you don't need them all well then that's just an opportunity to make another project!  

So for the first copy I started off coloring the wings...  I added a lighter shade of grey for the center of the feathers and almost black around the edges.

Next I used a medium shade in between the two...

And then I blended it all together using baby oil on a make up style Q-tip (the kind with a pointy end).  You can see in the photo below the left side has been blended while the right side has only been colored.  It really does make a huge difference in the finished look don't you think?  You can also see that I color outside of the lines which is why I use multiple copies ;)

Once I had blended both sides I then added another outline with my black colored pencil to really make the feathers pop.  

NOTE: I read a blog somewhere once that said you couldn't add more color to an image once you blended with baby oil...  I decided to give it a try ~ I WAS able to add more color after blending!!  I don't know if this is due to the colored pencils that person was using or if the Specturm Noir Colored Pencils have a different blend allowing me to add more color but it worked for me so maybe it will work for you too.  

Next I went to work on turning the "winter girl" into a Fall time witch!  I started off by coloring the girl with a couple shades of green and blending with the oil.

I did the same with her cape and outfit using purples....

I finished her off by adding a bit of color to her belt (orange), lips and shoes.  I added a tiny dot of Crystal Lacquer to her eyes and lips to give them a bit of dimension and shine.

I cut all of the pieces out and test fit to make sure it all went back together as it should.  I embellished her collar and ruffles with a touch of black Stickles glitter glue and set her aside to dry.

I trimmed the branch she was sitting on from the third image and colored/blended.

For the background I wanted to make a spooky sky and a shimmery moon so I cut a nice sized circle from a piece of cardstock.  Don't discard either piece as these will be used as masks for applying the PanPastels.

I positioned the circle where desired and began applying various shades of purples to the cardstock using one of the medium sized Softt sponges.   I just worked the pastels until I was satisfied with how it looked.

I removed the circle and then positioned the piece of cardstock that I cut the circle die-cut from over the area that I hadn't colored yet.  Of course I got a few smudges on my moon but the great thing about PanPastels is they can be easily erased until they have been set with a fixative.

I used metallic PanPastels for the moon...I started off with silver then applied pewter to create the look of texture on the moon.   I then used a dark blue color and one of the handles to add some sketchy - spooky clouds here and there.  Once I was satisfied with the spook factor I sprayed the background with hair spray to set the pastels.

I then pieced the Winter Friends back together onto the night sky. Some pieces I glued directly onto the background while others I used a bit of foam tape to pop them off the background to add dimension.

I'm really please with how my little witch turned out
and I hope it's inspired you to think out of the box when looking at your stamps...
both digital and rubber.

Happy October!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mojo Monday Card Sketch/Challenge 365

I hope you're all having a fine day this final day of September....  Can you believe the 9th month of the year is just about over?   Hard to fathom but it is.  I don't know where the time has gone.

I was taken with the card sketch for this weeks Mojo Monday sketch #365....

So I decided to give it a try....  Since I had my gelli prints out I decided to use those.  I pulled out several pieces that I thought looked good together.

Started off with the initial anchor piece across the top.

Then trimmed up a few "streamers".

added them to the top, stamped the sentiment and added a few details with a lavender Sharpie.

and here you go.....

This was really fun and I love mixing the Gelli Prints.
Makes for a fun and easy card for anyone and by switching out the sentiment you could use it for just about any occasion!  Doesn't get much better than that huh?

Gelli Plate - Every Artist Needs One!

I got such a lovely surprise in my inbox this morning....  

THAT'S MY CARD!!!!  Wooo Hooo!!!!

How fun is that :)

Seriously, if you haven't tried the Gelli Plate you really should.  It is so much fun and there are no mistakes!  I love mine an I know you'd love it too!

Dear Veronica, 

Gelli Arts® printing plates  ----    if you don't have one, you should! 

Gelli printing plates, look at the creative possibilties! 

by Ronda Palazzari
Art Journaling
by Joanna Grant
by Ink Stained Roni
by Hilary Beattie
Zen Doodling
by Joan Bess
by Wanda Edwards
by Sadelle Wiltshire
Mixed Media
by Joan Bess
by Elizabeth Allan

Monday, September 29, 2014

Altered Playing Cards - Week 4

I finished up my week 4 Altered (not) Playing Cards today....

Claudine's first card had a Home Sweet Home theme using acrylic paint for the background and Gelli Plate prints for the houses & clouds.

So I did the same...I started off with one of the long 3x9 flash cards

I then stamped it with a Home definition stamp.

After the ink was dry I spritzed the card with water and added a couple dollops of acrylic paint.

I swished the paint around the water on the card.  I also added a touch of green to the bottom...

I had some paint left on my brush and you know me...I didn't want to waste it so I spritzed a tag with water and painted it as well.

I pulled out some gelli plate print scraps and stamped these wicked houses on the various bits.

I wanted to do something a bit different for my clouds.  Since the card is so tall I needed some dimension to help break up all the space above the houses so I decided to make some gesso clouds.  I hand cut a cloud stencil...

and then applied the gesso with a palette knife.

And scraped off the excess onto that tag I painted.

And here is my finished Home Sweet Home card....

Claudine's second card was about shopping (oh yeah!!) that was also made using acrylic paints...

I again used acrylics as well...  a bit of yellow for the background

 with some magenta and orange over top.

a bit of washi tape, a couple fun shopping women...

and I'm all set!

And here they are together....

Week 4

Now I'm caught up and can work on this weeks cards :)