Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Autumn Wreath

I pulled out an oldie but a goodie from my Lockhart collection to create this warm autumn tag. The Autumn Wreath has been a favorite of mine for a while now because of the great variety you can achieve in coloring it. I know the first impression of this image is that it can be tough to color, but really, it is pretty easy! The areas are small, so colored pencils make quick work of it, and since they're small, shading is achieved quickly by blending colors together. Here's a closer look:

An important tip when you're working with an image like this - don't forget to color the 'inside'. After you color the fruits and leaves on this wreath, you're left with some space inbetween; don't forget to color this area. I used my Ginger Root pencil (one of my Go-To colors!) here, so it looks faint in the picture, but I can tell you that this is what makes the wreath look finished. It's always a bit of an after-thought for me, but I can tell you that it makes a huge difference!

Off to bake some pumpkin bread for our new neighbors - this tag is going on it when it's wrapped up for a little something special. Nothing says welcome like a beautiful wreath! Have a great day. Be well.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Halloween Bookmark

(Sorry if this is coming to you a second time - I hit publish instead of save. )

One of the things that I miss most about living close to family is just popping by to give them things. Lucky for me, though, my seven-year-old niece loves getting mail. I send her cards quite often and she has a special box where she puts them. (My sister told me she hasn't even seen the last one that I sent because my niece put it away so quickly.)

So this fun little bookmark is for her. I thought it would be fun to stick in with her Halloween goodies. It features the new Pumpkin Cupcake from Lockhart Stamp Company. I stamped it in black ink on PTI's Orange Zest cardstock and started coloring. Colored pencils on colored cardstock give a much different look, it's fun to play around with! This stamp is so cute, don't you think? For the highlights in the eyes, I just added a little white pen. I punched out the image with a 1.75" punch and edged it with white ink.

I placed it on a bookmark cut from a PTI die, then added a tassel made from baker's twine. This particular color is from Divine Twine. No affliation with them, but they have beautiful colors and ship quickly. (For a quick tutorial on how to make tassels, check out this page on Martha Stewart.)

This Lockhart Halloween image, as well as the other wonderful ones, are in your local stamp store already. And if your local store doesn't carry them, my friend Ellen Hutson has a great selection in her store.

Off to pop it in the mail! Have a great day and be well!