Ballerina Blue

I went to ballet classes as a child. From when I was about 2 years old until I was 10 or 11. I ended up stopping because we were approaching the level that we’d start learning pointe, and I’d heard horror stories about what that does to your feet… I didn’t want to do that! I remember enjoying dancing though, which is funny because I’m not sure that I’ve done very much dancing since then! This card definitely reminds me of my days doing ballet.

First I sized and printed the digi stamp, which is Abi Ballerina from All Dressed Up. (At least, that’s the name I have it saved as, but the one at the link is slightly different looking, so I could be wrong!)

I then took my Yosoo markers to colour her in. I used my usual E combination for her skin and her (because it’s the only realistic looking option with the colours I have!) then picked out three shades of blue to colour her tutu, as well as her shoes and hairband. I later added glitter to the blue areas using my clear Wink of Stella.

For my background I dug out my last sheet of kraft paper with a tone-on-tone music pattern. This was one of the first patterned papers I got when I started cardmaking last year! I decided I would mat both the patterned paper and the image panel onto some blue mirror card.

In order to be a bit more efficient as well as reduce the weight of the card I cut away the centres of the blue panels and the patterned paper panels, makin sure that the missing centres would not be visible once everything was layered up.

I used a glue pen to adhere the mats to their appropriate panels, then used my tape runner to adhered the panels to the card base, which is a top-fold kraft card base.

Finally I added a sentiment. I probably should have done it before adhering everything together! I picked a sentiment from the Creative Expressions John Lockwood’s Lily of the Valley Elements stamp set, and stamped it with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto my image panel.

I’m pretty happy with this card. I love all that glitter on her outfit – what’s a tutu without glitter, right?! I’m really happy with the colouring on her too. I still have more to learn but I feel like I am definitely improving. Doing The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge has been really fun and I think I’m going to try to continue colouring daily even when the challenge ends because it really is good to keep practicing and building my skills!


Lady Joyful

Challenges included:

All Dressed Up – Anything Goes

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – Use Patterned Paper

Double D Challenges – Glitter

Inkspirational – Photo Inspiration (I was inspired by the dancer, musical notes, and kraft.)

Watercooler Wednesday – All About Birthdays (edit – where it was picked as a Watercooler Rocker!)

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24 thoughts on “Ballerina Blue

  1. Oh my, Charlotte, what a happy little image. Beautiful colouring. Love the glitter on the tutu as well as in your layers. What a happy birthday card you’ve created. Anyone’s inner ballerina will fall in love. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

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    1. Thank you! I think our leotards were different depending which level we were at because I’m sure I remember a pink one but also a blue one and a white one… though maybe the others were when we did shows.

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  2. Hey Charlotte. I love this beautiful little ballerina with her glittery tutu and sweet expression. Great birthday card. The craft paper with the musical notes is a great background and I love the blue foil and your tip on conserving weight. Your opening story brought back my own childhood memories which are very similar. I couldn’t wait to get my toe shoes and spent two glorious years learning to dance on them, but emerged into my teenage years with a less than desirable dancer’s body, so quit.Thanks for the trip down memory lane and for joining us this week at the Watercooler Wednesday Birthday challenge.

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  3. So enjoyed reading about your ballet background. My niece is taking ballet lessons now (she’s 7) and loves them. Hopefully, that will continue but if not, totally fine, as she’s also taking jazz, piano and gymnastics lessons. Busy little girl. Your ballerina, with her sparkly tuto and precious expression is absolutely darling! Your colouring: WOW! So thrilled you shared this gem in the Inkspirational gallery!

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  4. Very cute card! That digi image is fantastic and your coloring is beautiful! I also like the extra touch of sparkle. Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
    – Shauna

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