Thursday, March 17, 2016

A little sunshine!

Last weekend it was 71 degrees.  Yesterday it was so windy, it sounded like the roof was going to blow off.  Today we were supposed to be getting a mix of rain and snow, but it was beautiful and bright early this morning!   But I can see the clouds moving in...  I guess the snow and rain is coming, but just slow to move in. Welcome to unpredictable March in Minnesota.

Maybe I created my own sunshine.

My laundry room is getting a new vinyl tile floor installed right now, so I slipped away to my office to play with this sassy high-heeled gal from the Look for Rainbows set from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.  I stamped her on Hammermill 80# color cover paper using Mememto Summer Sky.  I use that pale ink often when I color with Copics.  

I did a quick color with just a few Copic markers first laying down my shadow areas with a C1 marker, then adding color over the top.  I didn't do much shading and blending because I wanted to try layering my Polychromos pencils over the top.   I'm still learning and experimenting with these, but I really like them!  A base color with Copic, then details with these creamy pencils?  It goes fast!  And the detail is so easy to add.  Even her eyelashes were easy!

Once I had her colored, I fussy cut.   I kind of like to fussy cut.  Even though I have a Scan N Cut, sometimes I prefer hand cutting.  I like the option of changing the outlines as I go.  Sometimes I decide to make the hair shorter, the pants more tapered...  It just gives me more options.  And I just like handling paper, I guess.   I use a #15 PenBlade and my Olfa self-healing cutting mat for most hand cutting.

I wanted my image in a spotlight of some sort, so I decided to use my Clarity Stencil Brushes to create one.  I made my own stencil, by using a scrap of glossy paper and cutting a large circle with a Spellbinders circle die.  I then brushed in color, using Smoky Quartz dye ink so my image would pop.

I added my sentiment with Raven Fine Detail Ink and glued my image on.  Done.  40 minutes well spent.  Crafting makes me happy.

Thanks for stopping in!  Have a fabulous St. Patrick's Day!

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