I had the really good fortune of selling of some previous crafting assets, giving my some cashola to spend.
I'll be honest. I do spend most of my money with Stampin' Up! They are what pays the bills after all. But the new catalog definitely has a shortage on images that can be colored and having gotten a taste for coloring with alcohol markers with the advent of Blendabilities, only to have those all be discontinued, leading me to decide to take advantage of the offer to return all the ones I bought...well, a girl likes to color after all, and once you use alcohol markers it's really HARD to go back to coloring with the regular ones. And I do still have a few Copics, certainly not as many as some, but when it comes to coloring, I don't rely as much on having all the colors as using the ones I have in a painterly sort of way. I can color and gradate with the best of them, but mostly I like coloring the way you will see in this card I am about to show.
ANYWAY, I was looking for knitting-related stamps in particular, but when I saw this set of stamps on the Unity Stamps site by Phyllis Harris, I just fell in love with the image and had to have it. Lookie:
GOJUS! (YILM) After I got done coloring it, I was very intimidated by how I was going to put this on a card that was suitably embellished without going overboard. I'm not a fan of sticking scads of Prima flowers all over a card and using a lot of really ornate die cuts to frame images. I needed something that would complement the image without overwhelming it. Using the retired cloud embossing folder was something I thought of immediately, but it seemed a little bit blah and sad when I embossed some Wisteria Wonder cardstock. I then had the brain wave of using vellum, and just letting the WIsteria mat show through that instead of putting it directly under the image on top of the vellum.
Instead of sticking to carefully gradated colors, I like to use the contrasting color on the color wheel to create some of the shadows. I find that makes the colors pop. You can see where I did this on the dress. I used a bit of yellow in the shadows. This makes the purple that isn't shaded look brighter. This method of coloring doesn't look as "safe" and looks more painterly.
I don't know if you can see, but I used a white gel pen and Sakura Stardust pen to highlight the rain, making it glisten nicely. And I used the white gel pen as well to create ripples and rain drop splashes in the puddle. I love the pop of red for the shoes, and I then used a Poppy Parade marker to put in the tiny polka dots on the dress to match her shoes.
In the background, I pressed the tip of the colorless blender into the marker strokes to create splotches. This made it look more wet and enhanced the image of the rain.
This is not the only set I bought from Unity. I really love Phyllis Harris' designs and will have another set to show you at some point.
You can buy this card on Etsy!