Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Haunting

Halloween was always a fun holiday while Austin was young.  I remember my very favorite picture of him for his first birthday.  He was a little lion.  He was in love with Nayla from The Lion King!  he loved being a helpful fireman and then he grew up and loved the scary masks and grim reaper hoods with no face.  Gotta love a kid that goes from The Lion King to the Grim Reaper!  lol... (he still watches and loves Disney and helping people!).

Here is a little something different for Halloween.  I hope you enjoy it!

Beginner Spells - A center highlight
In this fun Halloween image, I will show how to build dimension by placing your highlight in the center of your image.  We can actually make a flat image look as if it has shape or dimension by placing our darkest color (shading) furthest from our eye and the lightest color (highlight) closest to our eye.  These bottles are cylinder shaped, so I put the highlight right down the center of each bottle.
Add lightest color GB1, and add darkest color GB9 on the area furthest from your eye. (the sides of each bottle or label)
   In the picture below, you can see where I blended the light and dark golden browns together using a medium color (GB6).  I then softened the edge of GB6 with my original light color (GB1 or GB2).  As seen in the photo above, I colored the green label using the same steps as I used on the first label.  The colors used are listed in order of use, DG1, DG3, DG2, DG1 then softened the center highlight with the blender pen.
I also started coloring my red bottle starting with my darkest color on the edge of the bottle (DR7) then worked my way towards the center of the bottle with my lighter colors.  Here are the colors I used in order of use  DR7, DR5, DR3, CR8. Note: The CR8 is a higher number, however it is from a completely different color tone which happens to be lighter. The Coral Reds are lighter with more of an orange tint than Dark Reds.  
Complete red bottle above.  Other bottles were were colored using the same steps.  Here is another view of the finished project with different background paper.
Center Highlight helps build dimension to images.

Other colors used in order used:
Golden brown labels: GB1, GB9, GB6, GB1
Brown Bottle: TN2, TN9, TN6, TN4, TN2
Red Bottle: DR7, DR5, DR3, CR8
Gray Bottle: IG7, IG5, IG2, IG1
Corks: EB8, EB4
Base: IG7, IG4, IG1
Background: TN1
Edging was done with a brown ink pad.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Christmas Rose - for the love of coloring

Sometimes we need to remember what coloring is all about.  Today I took time for myself.  Turned on some light classical music and colored away, letting my imagination pick the colors and positioning of the flowers.  The image itself is inspirational, it's by Crafter's Companion in the Sheena Douglas collection -  Christmas Rose.  Note the image on the side of the greeting was not there but I added it by stamping a bit of an image onto the paper piece.  I also stamped a flower and cut it out for an embellishment as I didn't want to clog up the card with clutter and take away from the focal point.

I enjoyed coloring this for ME...  So without further ado I am going to just list the colors I used and one little coloring tip (I can't post without a tip!).

Soft Edges
As you will notice there is no harsh drop off in color where my petals fade from color to white.  What I did is soften the edge of the lightest color on each petal with my blender pen.  This diluted the crisp line that markers leave when lifting your pen at the end of a stroke.  

Have a Colorful Day

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Life is full of Sparkles! - Elizabeth Designs stickers & Glitter

MIcrofine glitter colored with Spectrum Noir Markers - Hat Colors: CR5, CR8, CT4, GB5, PL4, CT2, CT4
Cupcake - CT1, CT4, GB5, CG2, CG4, BP2, BP6, 
I have been super busy lately and have not done my weekly post!  A little update on what is up.  I was hired by Crafter's Companion a few months ago as The Director of Product Education.  I am loving my new job and a company that appreciates me and treats me with respect, trust and loyalty.  I am thrilled with the position that I worked hard to get.  You will see lots of new things coming in the near future.  Stay tuned!  For now let's take a peek at a project I made for my son's girlfriend Amanda.  She is a girly girl and so I thought this would make a cute card to go with a gift I got her recently.  

Here is a fun way to add two of my favorite things into one project.  I used my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens to color on top of my MICRO fine glitter.  Here is how I did it.
1. Adhere wide double stick tape to white cardstock
2. Remove the double stick backing paper and retain it as your "transfer sheet"
3. Remove sticker from sticker sheet and place sticky side up onto the smooth side of your "transfer sheet"
On transfer sheet being placed onto sticky cardstock.
4. Using transfer sheet place sticker onto the sticky cardstock. (see photo below)

5. Add MICRO FINE glitter to your sticky paper and burnish firmly making sure that the glitter is tight and there are no holes without glitter.
6. Remove all excess glitter from sticker. Double check to make sure the glitter is tight and no loose areas.
7. Begin coloring with your darkest color first.  Adding your lighter colors as you work your way towards your highlight.  The glitter will soak under the glitter and spread quickly so be careful that you color slow.

8. Cut around image/sticker and adhere to your project.
I hope this added a little sparkle to your day.
Jennie Black