Hi Cyber Friends,  I’m pleased to share my latest card, which I created for a challenge on Susanne Dean’s website, which can be found here.  This challenge is open to everyone, and there’s plenty of time for you to get in on the fun! Link to thumbnails of all the entries is here   (Just scroll down the page til you see the tiny pictures, and when you click on one, it will take you to the artist’s blog post for that card.)

This is one of my favorite digital images to color with copics.  His name is Nathan, and I’ve colored him with almost every hair color you can think of.  This time I was sort of going for a natural “Lucille Ball” red, lol. The hardest part of this card for me was deciding how to display the main image on a card.  I finally settled on my version of Shabby Chic.

Finished Card Size: 5" x 7"

Here’s my recipe for the card.

Supplies:
Stamps:
Nathan Digital Image (Sugar Nellie)
Butterfly from Posy Patch Collection (Heartfelt Creations)
Paper:
White 5″ x 7″ card blank
Cryogen White for printing of main image (Curious Irridescents)
Brown Cardstock for stamping butterfly
Black card stock
Designer papers from Tattered Time Collection (DCWV)
Inks:
Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Memento London Fog (Tsukineko)
Memento Rich Cocoa Brown (Tsukineko)
Copic Alcohol Markers (.too corp.)
Other Supplies:
Decorative Butterfly Border Die Cut (by Spellbinders for Heartfelt Creations)
Cuttlebug die cut machine (Provo Craft)

Brown Opaque Glitter (Art Institute)
Scroll Bling (Want2scrap)
Pop Dot
Designer Dries Clear Glue (Art Institute)
Paint Brush and Water
Double-sided adhesive
Printer and computer to print digital image
Paper Cutter 

Directions:

  1. Start by printing the image on Cryogen White card stock and trim piece to about 4″ x 6″.  Color image with copics.
  2.  The first thing I did was to determine the light source.  The shading on the original image indicates that the light source is in front of him, and slightly to the left, which would make the deepest shadows on the right side of the image. I usually start with the hair, since that will largely determine skin tones, and what color of clothing I want to use. On his hair, I used YR00, YR02, YR07, E07, and E09.  I usually color from dark to light, but on this one I put the highlights in the lightest color in the center first.  Then I added color from dark to light.
  3. For his skin I used E000, E02, E11, and E13, again adding color from dark to light.
  4. I colored his shirt with BG99, BG96, and BG93.
  5. The little bear is very lightly colored because I didn’t want to lose the shadows the artist had made, or her representation of fur.  I used C3, C1, C00, and colorless blender on the bear.
  6. When the image was complete, I added a “glow” of BG10 BG0000, and colorless blender around the entire image.  Next I took a damp paint brush and drew a wet line in sections around the image to make it easy to tear it where I wanted it.  Then I distressed all the edges with Memento London Fog.
  7. Here’s where things got dicey.  I must have previewed four or five papers before I hit on the “Shabby Chic” look.  I then cut one piece of designer paper to 5″ x 7″ to fit the front of the card blank, a black piece to 4.25″ x 6.25″ and a different designer paper to 4″ x 6″.  I didn’t think it had enough drama when I just centered those layers with the image centered on tip.  So I glued them off-center on the left side and added the bling.
  8. I thought it needed something else on the lower right corner, and tried a bunch of different flowers.  They just didn’t work with that little boy, and I hit on the idea of the butterfly.  I went right to my Heartfelt Collection and got my new butterfly stamp and stamped it on a scrap of golden brown, then die cut it with the butterfly die.  I distressed the butterfly with brown ink, glittered the body with brown glitter, bent the wings upward, and attached it with a pop dot to the lower right corner.  I added the whole thing to the card front and took the picture.

I’d love to hear what you think of Nathan.  I wish I had somebody to give him to, but there are no redheaded boys in my extended family, lol.

Until next time, Happy Stamping!