For the card panel, I used the Neenah 80lb Solar White cardstock. I used washi tape to hold the panel to my table. I bought the Heffy Doodle Numicon stencil and thought it would be perfect for this card. I lined it up over the panel and held it down with some washi. I got my Distress Oxides in Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick. Using my blending sponges, I started with the Tattered Rose on the top third and the Worn Lipstick for the remainder of the panel. I am still getting used to the Distress Oxides and blending, but was happy with the results. I set the panel aside to dry. I washed my stencil in warm water and mild soap and set it aside to dry.
The Celebration Lady stamps and dies from the Essential by Ellen Leading Lady series is wonderful. It can be used for so many different occasions and situations.
Now, I am not an artist (by my definition) or a colorist. In the past year, I have learned about blending, shading and highlighting. Coloring is clearly more than staying inside the lines! What gives me pause is coloring various shades of skin and hair. I would love to create more items showing the diversity of this world. Some of my crafting goals during this 50 weeks will focus on helping me improve my coloring and expanding my coloring mediums. I have said all of this to say that I was extremely nervous about coloring this lady, but I cannot learn without practice.
I am comfortable with the Prismacolor Premium Colored Pencils. On Pinterest, I found a color combination that fit closely to my milk chocolate skin tone ( I love me!). The colors I used were:
Nectar PC 1092
Chocolate PC 1082
Dark Brown PC 946
Starting with Nectar, I blended it with Chocolate and Dark Brown, laying down each layer to get the desired results. I will continue to practice, but the color turned out nicely. Now on to the hair.
I watch the YouTube channel of Kelly Latevola. She is fun to listen to (she tells some of the funniest stories of her life happenings) and her coloring is amazing. One thing I like about her videos is that she lets her coloring show real time and not sped up, which helps me a lot in my learning process. From some of her videos, I am getting coloring techniques for hair. Using Black (PC 935), I colored the hair in the direction of the "flow" of the hair. I went back through each section to make the hair darker, leaving lighter sections for more highlighting. What do you think? Now my natural hair color is dark brown and gray, so I color my hair a deep fuchsia red for the grays. I am going to have to have a lot more coloring practice before I can show my true hair color!
Now that I had gotten the difficult coloring out of the way, I can focus on her clothes and accessories. All I know how to do right now is "simple" coloring, so nothing fancy here. The dress is colored using Nectar at the collar and Hot Pink (PC 993) and Metallic Silver (PC 949) for the dress. The Silver was also used on her shoes and necklace. I used the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glimmer Gloss Pen to add sparkle to the dress trim, shoes and necklace. The party hat was colored using the Silver and Metallic Gold ( PC 950).
I placed the lady on the card using foam squares. I stamped the "Celebrate Everything" sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and placed the party hat using the foam squares. I glued the panel to a top folding A2 card base using Art Glitter Designer glue and I am done.
I will frame this card and put in my craft room for inspiration and encouragement.
I have linked many of the items below that I have used. I do not receive any compensation for these link. I just want to show you all of the fabulous products used.
Thank you for stopping by. I will keep you up to date on my goal setting and accomplishments. Please come back and visit again soon. Have a great day and Be Dazzling!