Friday, July 10, 2009

My Obsessions...

There are three things that I consider my obsessions in my crafting lately... Stamps, Copics and Shimmerz! On this card, I used them all! The coloring was done for the challenge at the Copic Creations blog - to color Brunette Hair! I'm a brunette... Brunettes rock!! This is probably one of my most favorite Copic Colorings. I had soooo much fun coloring the hair on this image!! I really am very pleased with the shading and blending on this and how I captured the light on her face. Click on any image for a larger view.

I absolutely fell in love with this image when I saw it! I loved the swirls in the background and her flowing hair. She looks so real! I just thought that she looked like she was walking down the beach with her iPod, listening to romantic music and thinking about someone she loves. To add some other visual interest to this, while trying not to distract from the drawing, I added some clear embossing powder to the "waves" in the background, as well as to parts of the blue paper behind. I used a clear Ranger embossing marker to color just the small areas for the embossing powder. The blue paper is a digital paper I created and is available in my downloads for free. Around the white parts of the image, I wanted just a tiny bit of sparkle so I sprayed some Baby's Breath Shimmerz Spritz onto a paper towel, then dabbed the paper towel just around the white and blue parts of the image. I like to use this technique with the Spritz when I want to control where the shimmer will go but only want a very light layer. Then just a touch of diamond glaze on her eyes so they twinkle. In this picture you can see the Shimmerz Spritz - it really helps to add to the romantic magical feel of the image, don't you think?

As we're finishing up a fun week here on the Shimmerz blog using Impression Obsession stamps, I'd like to point out how I used some on this card. On the brown paper behind, I used one of the beautiful petals from Impression Obsessions Butterflies and Blossoms. The pattern on this particular petal seemed Hawaiian to me and I thought this sort of looked like little surfboards all lined up along the edges. That set is turning out to be very versatile and I can tell it will get used quite often!

Thanks for allowing me to share this card with you! I hope everyone has had a fantastic week!

Hugs, Jami

Stamps Pepper Sky © Stanley Lau {ArtGerm}; Butterflies and Blossoms (Impression Obsession)
Ink Vintage Photo (Tim Holz), printer
Paper Close to Cocoa (SU), White (GinaK pure luxury), Wavy - Just Beachy Collection (by me)
Accessories Clear EP, Ranger embossing marker, Shimmerz Spritz, diamond glaze
Copics E00, E000, E21, R02, E57, E55, E35, E33, E29, E30, Y11, YR24, 0, B000, B02, B05, YG00, YG03, YG05, YG09, YR04, C3


Shirley said...

Wow! What a great interpretation and piece of art. The background is so supportive of your image. Thnks for help with the great week too!

Danielle said...

This is gorgeous! You did an absolutely stunning job with this.

LisaNRoxy said...

Holy guacamole - that card is incredible - wow!!

Jana Eubank said...

This is a piece of art! Stunning!

Stac said...

Speechless! Absolutely speechless.