We’re having a blast sharing before-and-after cards on the OWH facebook page; I get lots of emails telling me they’re helpful. So I’m catching on that it’s a good way to teach I decided to try it with coloring an image – this one seemed to be a good one to do that with, since I didn’t like my first attempt all that much!
The image is a really complex one. When you have an image with a lot of parts to it, figure out what you want to draw attention to. On this image, I really wanted that candy cane to pop, as well as Marci’s smiling face – and in the first attempt (on the right), it blended right in with the image. There are so many white/red stripes that they start to vibrate against each other and your eye bounces all over. So I changed up a few things and came out with the image on the left….watch the video below for a further discussion of my thought process as I colored. (And I did put them in the wrong order in this photo. lol. Yes, I still have a cold!)
So here’s the finished card using the second image – I liked it a lot more. But also needed to work out what was going on behind her on the card! The paper was pretty busy, so I layered the image onto a rectangle so you can see her – otherwise she melted into the paper and you couldn’t see where she stopped and the paper began. The embellishment is twine wrapped around a scalloped circle. Beware of the thickness – Nancy had a great tip for you in THIS video.
To enhance the candy and berries, I added Glossy Accents to them….
This is my recovery of the “before” image; I’m debating going back in and coloring more of her shirt in, since I think her arms still fight the candycane for attention. However, at least the rest of the card is MUCH more mellow with the black and muted colors.
Hope you’re enjoying World Cardmaking Day – don’t forget to go MAKE something today too! Don’t just stay on the computer ALL day Be sure to come back tomorrow and leave comments on my official posts – CANDY!