Thursday, August 7, 2008

Magic happens!

Well, we had a great day at the fair yesterday. I'm paying for it today, though ~~ between all the walking (we spent 10 1/2 hours there!!) & the hay & crud that got into my eyes, I'm a mess!! My eyes are all puffy, almost like I have pink eye. Ouch! I'm going to go through my pictures today & see if any are upload-worthy!

This is the first I've inked up this stamp, which is one of the new releases at High Hopes. I'm not sure why my picture didn't turn out too well, maybe it's the drab colors I used, lol.


For the layout, I used Sketch Challenge #187, last week's challenge on Splitcoast. A week late, as usual :) I picked out the designer paper first, but had a hard time finding cardstock to match. I finally looked through my "cheapie" packages ~~ the stuff you can buy at Michael's or Joann's for just a few bucks. There is usually an assortment of unusual colors, but sometimes I need unusual. I used my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder on the olive brownish CS (or would that be olive-ish brown?). I punched some flowers from the same cardstock & also ran them through the Cuttlebug for some texture. The "Magic Happens" sentiment is actually one line, but I cut the words so I could easily use them as I did here.

Now for the coloring ~~ I do NOT watercolor well at all. Usually when I do watercolor, I use my SU markers & a blender pen, because I've never liked my aquabrush. Well, since I touched Anna Wight's arm when I met her a few weeks ago, I figured I should be able to color as well as she does now. So I bought a new Niji brush, since mine was obviously defective (it couldn't possibly be an operator problem), got out my ink pads & the few reinkers I have & went to work. It's not perfect. It's not even close to anything Anna creates. But at least I tried. The bunnies turned out fine. The magician ~ not so fine. In fact, I paper pieced his tie because it ended up looking so horrible, lol!! I did a bit of doodling to direct your attention AWAY from my watercoloring mistakes, & I was done. My first card colored with actual ink & a waterbrush. Usually when I attempt this kind of coloring, I give up shortly after starting & break out my markers & blender pen. But I persevered & hopefully it's not TOO too bad!! LOL!! All comments & criticism welcome :)

13 comments:

Kathy H said...

Love the card...

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

I, for one, think he looks MARVELOUS! =)

Dianne said...

Oh Michelle if I could only watercolor like you!!! I just cannot get it at all. Yours always looks perfect.
Sounds like you had a good time at the fair! Would have loved to have been there.
We have our youth fair starting next week. I always go with my brother the yuppie. My sil dosen't like to go. The first time I had to tell him not to wear something so stockbrokerish, totally looked out of place. I love it since there is always someone fatter and it is the only place where you can walk around with a huge fried turkey leg and look normal!!!
Love, Your blob buddy.....

Tish said...

I think the watercoloring looks great!

Ila said...

Your card is Fabulous and the watercoloring is Gorgeous!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Michelle!!

Trina said...

Beautiful card!! I think your coloring looks really good...that is a sign of a good artist, the ability to make the viewer not notice the errors!! Great job!! Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! WISHING YOU A GREAT BIRTHDAY WITH LOTS AND LOTS OF STAMPING PRESENTS!!

Cheryl said...

Hey, Michelle! Love your magician card! So sorry about your husband! Sounds like such an ordeal and I hope you get the best answers possible from the drs.
I see you had some birthday wishes. When is your birthday, 'cause mine is August 7, turned 51 yesterday! Ugh!

Niki Estes said...

This is adorable, Michelle! I think your watercoloring is great. (You should see mine! lol)

Stephanie said...

Love this stamp! Great Card!

Cris A said...

I think the watercoloring looks great!!

Lynn said...

Your coloring looks amazing and your card is adorable!

Amanda Sewell said...

I think it looks really AWESOME and I absolutely adore that magician!!! SO CUTE!!! I love High Hopes Rubber Stamps -- they are so darling!!!

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

Hey, I think it looks awesome, Michelle!!! But I feel your pain about the watercolouring. Every once in a while, I pull out the aquapainter and the ink pads and try again....but I gotta face facts...I suck!! Tried again today, to no avail! You're miles above me, Missy!! Great job!

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