Thursday, January 29, 2009

Coloring in the Dark

This morning started with no power. School got cancelled...yeah for the boys but boohoo for me. I really love my kids but enough is enough...they have been home for more than a week what with exams and storm days. I need a break from teens and I had so looked forward to today..the start of 2nd term at school. But alas, it is not to be. It is now 12:40 and the power has returned. Yeah.

So why the title? I needed something to do this morning and I had this image stamped so I colored. Daylight slowly arrived as I was coloring but I started out with candle light and early dawn light.
People have commented on my coloring so I thought I would share some of my tricks. Feel free to skip this paragraph if coloring is easy for you. I stamped this sugar nellie stamp with black onxy Versafine ink and then outlined the image using the fine tip of my prismacolored marker. I then filled it in with the wider end. I then put in the shading using the same color marker. I outlined outside the image with French Grey marker to give the allusion of depth on this image. Next I took out my colored pencils. I used a deeper shade of pink. The marker I used was Deco Pink and I used the Lavender pencil to add depth to the image. I used it on all the outside edges and the inner leg on the left side making the right leg seem closer. Then I grabbed the Light Aqua pencil and put finishing touches in the image. I added a lot of this pencil to the hat mostly along the edges of the hat. On the clothing I put the aqua along the inner leg and near the arms. Then I lightly shaded the background and lightly ran the edge of the pencil around the embossed edge created using the curved rectangle nestibility. The one thing I always do is add a bit of an opposing color to all my images. I think that is why I love my Prismacolored is so easy to shade and blend colors. ( I have ordered the blender for my markers but I don`t have it yet.) I also always put some white on the face and hands and legs/pants and tops to create texture.
the rest of the card is quite self explanatory. I used the curved rectangle and the scalloped long rectangles to get the shapes. The papers are from the Pocket Full of Posies stack from DCWV. These are lovely papers. The ribbon is from Martha Stewart.
Don`t forget to comment on my Candy. The drawing is Feb. 4th. Talk later.


LuLu said...

Great card and really cute image.

Heather Bradley said...

Beautiful card Heather, you always do wonderful colouring.
Even for those who already do know how to colour, it is always interesting to hear how others achieve their amazing results :0)
**Hugs** Heather x

L.Nielsen said...

Oh I love your card. I also enjoyed reading about "How" you color your images. It's different than what I do, and I'm game for giving it a try. You always have such beautifully colored images! Well, your cards are beautiful too. LOL
Lynda =)

Diamond Doll said...

OOOOh i love this card, purples my favourite colour, love the stamp shes so cute.
Trish (-:

Shirley said...

She is precious! That turquoise is perfect and makes the whole card just come together! She is so cute!

Traci said...

You colored without light?? WOW you are awesome!! I love your coloring. You add so much detail and texture to your images. Great card.