Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Made in the Shade!

This Hydrangea and Berries image is such a classic Lockhart image - so much detail with such vivid illustration. I always find myself drawn to this particular stamp, too. I really enjoy coloring it and adding just the right shading and highlights.

So I stumbled upon something really fun about my Shimmerz paints and my Prismacolor pencils - they go together amazingly and in a way that you probably wouldn't expect! (Or maybe you would - but I didn't, lol!) The image above uses Spiced Cider, Evergreen, Sky Blue, Ultra Marine, and Pink Shimmerz. (I stamped the Lockhart image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto PTI Stamper's Select.) Using a fine-tip paint brush, I painted the image and allowed it to dry (which, thanks to the water-based nature of the paint, is very little time!). Then I went back in with coordinating pencils and started adding shading and highlights. One of my coolest finds was that you can add lighter colors - typically with pencils you need to start lightest and go darker; not the case here, as seen on the leaves (I painted them in Evergreen Shimmerz and added Chartreuse pencil for highlights).

And the best thing? The pencil doesn't block out the shimmery effects! I'm just fascinated by this! You should give it a try - it adds phenomenal detail to your image! Here's how it looks put all together:

I used some papers from Anna Griffin and Fancy Pants, added a little ric rac that I had on hand and finished it off with some machine stitching that was similar to the ric rac. The image was die cut using Spellbinders Labels One. Give me a shout if you have any questions!


Jessica said...

I stumbled acrossed your blog about a month ago and have been enjoying your designs since. Beautiful cards.

A question: Once the cards are created (and you give them to someone), do you write/create anything on the inside?

Marti - Pez-A-Doodle Design Studios said...

hi jennifer! so great to meet you today. i LOVE this card AND this idea - i am going to have to experiment myself. i also adore this lockhart - i did one recently with flower soft and it was just a perfect pairing!

Beth Norman said...

Wow, this is so pretty. Your colouring is lovely.

liannallama said...

oh, that's exciting that the shimmerz shows underneath the pencil! I just got some shimmerz but haven't had time to play!

Heidi Blankenship said...

Beautiful Coloring, Jennifer!! It's really neat that you can use the shimmerz and the pencils together and it doesn't cover up the shimmer. Love your card--such pretty spring colors!