Birthday Girl In Blue

You may have noticed that I’ve been having a lot of fun with digi-stamps and colouring over the last few days. Here’s another one! The digi-stamps I’ve played with so far have all been quite different to each other, and it’s very fun to play with the different styles. It’s really making me want to invest in some more markers though!

My starting point was the digi-stamp from All Dressed Up. This one is called Feeling Spoilt. I printed it out onto some smooth white card and took it to work with me to colour during my break. I knew I wanted to go blue for her dress, but other than that I wasn’t sure how I was going to colour her. I used my Yosoo alcohol markers for the colouring, and started with the skin as I only really have one skin colour combination available with my limited selection of markers.

Once I’d finished the skin I moved on to the hair. The hair actually uses the same E markers as the skin, but in different proportions. Also colouring with flicks instead of the smooth colour of the skin helps to keep it looking different. I did go in with a reddish-brown pen as well just to differentiate it a bit more.

Next I moved on to the dress. My blue-green markers are quite possibly my favourites and I was very tempted to use them here, but decided to use the true blues instead. I started with the skirt making sure to build up depth and dimension in the folds. I then coloured the bodice and the sleeves. They seem a bit flat in comparison! I also used the blues to colour the bows on her shoes.

I took my only violet pen to colour the rose and the present, and used my blue violet to add some depth. A touch of green to the leaves on the rose. For the table I wanted it to look like glass, so I used my lightest blue (which actually isn’t very light!) and went over it with colourless blender. I coloured the drink in the same way but with yellow, as I was imagining it to be champagne!

With all the colouring done I trimmed down the panel and started working on the rest of the card. I picked out a blue card base and did some tone-on-tone stamping using embossing/watermark ink and a butterfly stamp from Knorr Prandell. I also chose some simple white netting from my ribbon stash to add a bit of interest to the bottom of the card.

For my sentiment I used a stamp from the Creative Expressions John Lockwood Lily Of The Valley Elements stamp set. I stamped it onto a snippet of vellum, cut that to a strip, and wrapped it around my image panel. I adhered it in place with double-sided tape.

I placed the image panel over the netting to pick it up, then added more double-sided tape over the entire back of the image panel, allowing me to adhere that and the netting to the card base. I also used some regular tape to adhere the ends of the netting after folding them over to the inside and back of the card respectively.

As a final touch I found some small grey adhesive pearls and added three of them to embellish the card.

I’m so happy with this card. It was fun to put together, and I feel like my colouring technique is improving! That said I did get a bit confused on the folds at one point. I think I got it all worked out in the end though. I also kept going out of the lines, and I tried to fix it with my colourless blender but it didn’t work so well when it was the very dark colours that I flicked off the edge!


Lady Joyful

Challenges included:

Addicted to Stamps and More – Make Your Mark

All Dressed Up Challenge – Anything Goes

Butterfly Challenge – Butterflies, Wedgewood Blue, and Your Choice (I chose tone-on-tone stamping.)

MFT Sketch Challenge – Sketch/Layout

8 thoughts on “Birthday Girl In Blue

  1. Your colouring of the image is very good. She looks beautiful. I have never heard of those markers before. You have managed admirably with only a few colours to work with. Love the butterfly background.
    Hugs Mrs A.

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