Monday, 8 November 2010

When I'm old I'll wear purple

Today's image is one of the older ones from sweetpea, drawn by ching-chou kuik called come softly from plate 25. I'm very excited about all the new releases, but sometimes the older stamps are forgotten and they are just as beautiful, don't you agree?

This time I used a colourscheme from two challenges. I wanted to use a plain white background, but with embossing or some kind of pattern. The images from sweetpea are PERFECT for these kinds of cards. I love how they pop from the card and aren't overshadowed by papers, colours or embelishments. Just showing them off perfectly. I'll definately do more of these cards (if I can remeber that, lol)

I started out by colouring the moth and the girl's skin. When it came to choosing colour for her hair I wanted to be wild and use something fantasy-like. Then I wanted the swirls to match nicely and before I knew it it turned out to be a purple/red image. I'm not that familiar with the meaning behind my title, but I know I've seen funny images of old ladies wearing red and purple.

Lately I've been feeling like practicing my colouring skills. I really want my images to have that vibrant glow to them, but I feel like I have a long way to go. Usually I colour my images by choosing the exact right promarkers that match the patterned papers I'm using. I don't like colouring ahead because I never use those images because they never match any paper I have.
On the other hand I'm blaming my promarkers a bit because I visited a blog recently where the lady is amazing with her copics. She used promarkers for one of her cards and it was ok - kind of like mine, but not as fantastic as her usual stuff. So I'm definately thinking about upgrading them to copics. I just need to figure out the whole sketch, ciao and whatnot.

Here are the challenges I've used:

In a sweetpea dream - things with wings
One stop craft - embossing
Simon says stamp - all white
Stamptacular sunday - Inspired by Danielle's card (white/purple and wings)

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