Hello everyone! I have a superspecial card for you today…I’ve waited for weeks to share it, and have been chomping at the bit!
It’s somewhat the result of a dream I had; I’d been thinking about what I wanted to do with the Lawn Fawn dinosaurs for a Simon Says Stamp video, and in my dream, I was walking among dinosaurs with an incredible reddish sky overhead. Very very cool image, so I thought I’d try it with airbrush. This card was surprisingly only my 2nd attempt at it … Instagram followers might remember the peek at the first card – cool, but not as cool as this! In the first portion of the video, you’ll see the airbrush, and the wonderment I had when I peeled off all the masking to see that it actually worked. Yes, it surprised me that I hadn’t wasted all that effort!
I’ve got a little rant for a Monday. Ha! There are “trends” that come and go, and one of them a while back is a technique that I avoided. Or shall I say, I tried it on two images, and they looked so horrid that I tossed them. And wondered at the crazy person who came up with the idea for “no line” stamped images.
The idea is to stamp it in a really light color, then color the image. And what I saw all over the place with this technique was a whole lot of reallllly weak images. Like this one. Even with adding contrast in my reds and drawing in the eyes, it’s just “soft” and lacks pizzazz.
But while I was at Stamp Night on Saturday, I decided to try the technique and push it. Yep, I’m a pusher! It bugs me when we all have a seed of an idea, yet are either 1) afraid to go farther, 2) too much in a hurry to just get it done, or 3) just bored and quit before the idea really comes to fruition. That goes for card design as well as coloring – but today I’m just ranting about coloring.
So I took that weak image and started working detail into it. A black and a white pen, darker shadows, deeper colors in the fleshtones. After 2-1/2 hours, I turned it into this….sans shoelaces. Forgot to do them before I took the photo 🙂
So…while not every image will take 2-1/2 hours, it’s not a bad exercise for ANY of us to see what happens when we invest a little extra time in our creative works. I recommended a while back that folks try a card taking double the time than their usual, and oh my. The excuses, lol! I’m not saying do it all the time – but show yourself just how amazing you can be if you take your time and really pour yourself into some aspect of your craft. It doesn’t have to be coloring. Maybe it’s trying out color combos of papers. Or adding layers if you don’t normally do that. Or if you do, add an extra one. Try a thicker one, a thinner one, test out a design idea, look up a ribbon tutorial, create an inked background. See if you end up pleased with your result – and if you then want to take your time and reallllly create, at least once in a while, instead of always being stuck in “IgottafillmyOWHbox” mode. 🙂
Okay. Rant over. Just needed to get that off my chest. 🙂 Here’s the card….papers are by Carta Bella, and I used scraps of some May Arts satin cutout ribbon. I assembled it at Stamp Night, and now that I look at it, it needs some fixing – the lighting there is pretty abysmal, and apparently I was all kinds of crooked with trimmings. But….this approximates what this card will be. After this cold is done and I feel like being back at my craft desk, that is.
Copic colors are pictured here. My black pen was simply a Pentel pen, and the white is a Signo pen.
One last closeup. I don’t think I’ll be trying the no-line technique very often – but this did lead me to thinking about another idea that branches off this one, so I’ll be playing with that idea to see if it’ll work on paper like it works in my head. Things don’t always follow through quite like I picture they ought to!
I feel like this post might be titled, “And now, for something completely ridiculous. And wonderful. At the same time.”
I’ve been wanting to do a baseline comparison of some skintone and hair color combos….thus I decided to try it! These three images are from Saturated Canary – Becki, Color Me Wonderful, and Love Letters. There’s little actual use for a card with this threesome – it really was for the excuse of making the video! This is a shot of my first attempt at coloring this, before I started shooting. I ended up trying to color in the background on this one, and wrecked it! Dang. So the one for the card I’m showing has a white background. Not taking the chance on ruining that much work!
This video is shot in real-time….half an hour is less than I’d prefer to spend doing this much coloring, so have a little grace for going out of the lines here and there 🙂 I was trying to keep it paced quickly so you don’t nod off. But – be sure to get a cup of coffee ready, you seriously need some time to get through this one.
The card is a simple round card – I’m making the card into an AnyHero card for OWH one of our soldiers who I have a rather raucous banter with, and she’ll totally love it! I diecut the white base, and adhered the scallops on either side.
Leave me a comment – I’d love to know if you have some “go-to” color combinations….I am forever changing my mind! But the ones in this video are pretty much my current faves.
Happpppppppppppppy weekend! Wheeeeee!!! I’m just in such a good mood…even writing this blog post well past midnight, I’m a happy lil camper. The weekend’s here, I have a crafty day with my stamping sisters tomorrow, and next week’s a big week….I’m on pins and neeeeedles!! Agh!
I had a plan for a different video for you guys this weekend but…due to crazy technical issues, that’s going to take a lot more work to work out. I think I had more confidence in my editing skillz than I ought to have! ha. But hopefully that means the final one will be a better video because of it at least. 🙂 But…I think you’ll like this one. Or, maybe you won’t? There’s no voiceover, since I changed plans midstream to finish this one, so…uh. Yeah. Just lots of fun pop music instead! I picked songs with lyrics that speak to where my head’s at, so listen up as you watch, and maybe the words will give you some mojomotivation too!
The image is Color Me Wonderful, a digi from Saturated Canary…lots of fun for practicing hair! She reminds me of those ads when I was a kid – they always made me want to have long flouncy hair, and instead I have super thin hair, so never quite got to that goal. 🙁
Edited to add: Here’s the video – and in just the first little while it’s been up, I’m already hearing lots prefer the voiceover. So remember, if you don’t like the music, just mute it 🙂 Someone had told me I seem “afraid” of silence, since she doesn’t talk through any of her videos – so this was partly a test to see what my viewers like. Don’t dislike it just for being an experiment 🙂
Papers on the card are by Lawn Fawn, and the sentiment is by Our Daily Bread Designs…I know it’s not a common pairing, but the card’s for a friend who needs some encouragement, and she’s a Copic buddy. So I thought the combo might make her smile.
I did produce a video tutorial for the airbrushing and Copic coloring of the image in my card from Stampendous, so if you want to see that, watch it on YouTube. (I hope to learn a little more about airbrushing that I can share, but since I know a lot of folks didn’t even know you can airbrush with a marker, I wanted to at least show you that!)
I used sketch #44…
I was planning on doing red white and blue, but this one wanted to be Purple Mountains Majesty – with purple, green blue….lol! And my May Arts silk ribbon had to be purple to go with it. Hope it’s still nice and patriotic on this holiday! Leave me a comment and tell me if you think it still passes muster 🙂 Wanting that sentiment? Try this link.