Friday, February 26, 2010

Mo's Digital Challenge #20 and a New (To Me) Technique

Do you ever see gorgeous coloring and just wish you could do that, too?  I am in awe of those who color with the distress inks.  Two of my many idols with the distress inks are Aija and Mina.  Talk about "Wow!" factor!

So when I started to think about a card for Mo's Digial Challenge I wanted to try coloring with a different media.  I have several Distress Ink pads, but not the refills (which would be easier to paint with, I'm sure).  Undaunted I moved forward, chosing the lovely image of Alice which I could do with the few colors I have.  Dawn's sketch was also perfect inspiration. 
And here is my card..........

I so love this illustration!!  The colors I used are Tattered Rose for her skin; Scattered Straw for her hair; Weathered Wood for her blue under dress; Antique Linen for her pinafore.  I used my water brush, keeping it fairly dry since I was taking ink straight off the pad.  It took several layers for the shading I wanted, but I really like the results.  I will be getting some of the refill bottles so I can get richer colores in future projects.  This doesn't mean I will abandon my Copics --- no way!  Just like Prismacolors, the distress inks are a very good accompiament for the Copics.  The papers are PaperTrey Ivory cardstock for the base card and the diamond cutouts.  The patterned paper is from the K&Company La Boutique collection.  I embossed the diamond shapes with Birds & Swirls folder from Cuttlebug and rubbed Brilliance Pearlescent Ice Blue in on the embossing and the edges of the papers.  Pretty blue and white pearls top it all off.  Here's a close-up of Alice:
Well, I am rushing off to Springfield with my mom for a long-overdue visit to Hobby Lobby!  Probably a stop at Barnes and Noble, too.  I'm suddenly in the mood to read the original story of Alice in Wonderland --- I only saw the Disney version years ago!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a grand weekend planned!

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9 comments:

Mina said...

beautiful Barb and now you have used distress inks you will be addicted, I love Alice too shes beautiful and perfect for colouring isnt she
Mina xxx

Dragonlady said...

hi Barbara,

Love your colouring it has worked out perfectly. Hadn't thought of the refills doh!!!

Hugs Ali x

Elaine L. said...

Very pretty! I like the subtle colors you've used. Thanks for taking part in Mo's Challenge this week.

DonnaMundinger said...

OMG she's GORGEOUS! You did FABULOUS job with your new technique! Those blues are so beautiful and calming. I'm very into Alice at the moment. MUST get the image! LOVE it! xxD

Dawn B. said...

This is beautiful. You did a terrific job on this sketch..Thanks so much for joining us this week at MO's.

Myrt said...

Your card is awesome and I love the softness of your new technique - darling image too.

barbsmith2536 said...

You did a beautiful job on this card. Lovely!

Barb from Toronto, Canada

The Wired Angel said...

Beautiful job on this card Barbara! Looks like you will really enjoy distressed inks. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Mo's challenge.

theneon said...

Barb, you've done an amazing job with this sketch and image -- love the softness -- great idea!