Wednesday, November 24, 2010

There you go - colour combo gone BAD

It's a new challenge day today at 7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog and the theme is pretty straightforward - Non-traditional Christmas Colours. Which generally means no red, green, gold.

Could someone explain, please then how I got really muddled considering and most of my Christmas cards never use traditional colours??? And suddenly, when the CHALLENGE is not use any - shock, panic, horror! And a total mess of a card, of course!!

The image is a Penny Black Slapstick stamp called Winter Swing.

I've been playing with Prismacolor pencils lately, moving on from mineral spirit or baby oil to pretty much using them as Copics, just layering and blending with lighter colours. I have REALLY tried to get my hands on kraft card because I adore the results Dorcas achieves on it but no luck so far, so I'm using a cheap tan slightly textured cardstock from Tesco. Those from States - it's like Target or CostCo.

I very gently sponged all the edges with Memento Rose Bud ink and distressed slightly with distress tool. Did some quick fake stitching with white gel pen.

The golden pearl swirl is made with Viva Pearl pen. I tape acetate on a sheet of swirly rubons, make a swirl, leave it to dry overnight (it makes sense to make more than one) and then cut out. This way, if you go wrong you won't have to smear the card, just wipe the acetate clean and start again :)

I would like to enter this card into following challenges:
Gingerloft (2 weeks) - great outdoors
Scrappy Frogs (3 weeks) - christmas 
Crafty Emma - lovely lace
Ellephantastic (2 weeks, 1 entry) - christmas or butterfly
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - no flowers 
Fairy Fun Fridays (2 weeks) - buttons and bows 
Delightful Challenges - winter weather 
Pals Paper Arts - ribbon or fabric 

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!


Renkata said...

wow Annika, that is some really amazing ART.
You girl, always blow me away with some gorgeous project.

Marley said...

Beautiful! I love how you colored this image and the design papers are gorgeous xx Marley

Suzi Mac said...

Wow!! Annika, I think this is utterly adorable, I love the colouring and your use of acetate, the papers are delicious. I'm sure that Crafts U Love have started selling craft card, and it's not too expensive.
Suzi x

Netty said...

Terrific card Annika, I love your use of all the different textures, a very tactile card and beautiful at the same time. Annette x

Linda Wescott said...

I really like that colour combo, and the colours in your image bring it all together. Great colouring too, and love all your embellies. I'm always popping over to Dorcas for a refresher course lol. Hugs lin

Lau W said...

Beautiful ! Your colouring is extra, love this sweet stamp !

Diane said...

This is an adorable card and certainly not a mess! I love the idea of the pearl pen on acetate - must remember that one!
Diane x

Auntie Em said...

Your little girl on the swing is adorable. A beautiful job colouring her in. I love the black backing and the black lace. So unexpected on a Christmas card but really make it pop! And now I have to try the liquid pearls swirls on acetate. That's using the noggin!
Thank you so much for sharing! :o)

Dorcas said...

It's a beautiful card, Annika! I think your coloring came out really good too.
Can I give you a tip? (how cheeky am I? lol) go over your black lines with a sharp black pencil and it will make your colors pop even more. It's impossible to avoid coloring the lines so I don't worry about it, I just go over them again. But honestly, I think you did AWESOME here!

I have tried coloring on normal colored cardstock but it's been a little disappointing.But I'm not ready to give up yet! I just need to find colored cardstock with plenty of tooth but no pattern, you know what I mean? Normally my cardstock is "woven" look and I don't want my kids faces looking like they walked into a screen door.
Thanks for the shout out. :-)

Kathleen said...

Love your card and the colouring, I've used colour pencils for years as an art medium and it's so refreshing to note that you have done away with the blending solutions. I hope you don't mind if I give you a pointer to paper. Ordinary card/paper is no good as you cannot build up layers of colour. You need a very smooth watercolour paper I use Fabriano or any ultra smooth watercolour paper is fine, you will then be able to build up many layers of colour pencil to build depth. I love seeing your work it's very inspirational, keep up the good work.
Kathleen x

Di said...

OH Annika your cards are just so original i just love the way you think(no thats not a chat up line!! lol!!!)
These non traditional colours are fab for your challenge, just a stunning card!
Hugs Di xxxx

Viv said...

Whaddya mean a mess? Its so cute!!!!!
Great idea with the acetate, cos them pearl pens make a mess if they smudge...ahem...speaking from experience here!
Your pencil colouring is wow too! Maybe I might just try it....maybe...

Liz's creative corner said...

Wow this is gorgeous, your colourings fantastic and I love the image too, thanks for your visit, hugs Liz xx

Unknown said...

Hi Annika, fist of all I really want so give you a big hug and a thank you for your lovely comments on my blog!! I really appraciate them soooo much!! Now am I getting the impression you're not happy with this card?? How come?? I think its lovely and please explain how on earth do you get those pearls so perfectly round and shaped out of that Viva pen. Somehow I alway manage to ruin my card with them. I squeeze to hard, let go and the tube sucks is back up, by now I'm afraid to use the thing LOL !! Hugs, Frea

Stacey G.-2 Craf-t-4u said...

Annika this is great! There are so many fun things about this card. I love the pearls and your coloring is terrific. I am not there yet, but I am working on it! I wish I never posted that one card for Mo's DT. Looking at yours and Dorcas I have a ways to go. Great Job!

Shirl said...

Oh Annika, if you consider this a mess, I would say its a very pretty kind of mess :) Love what you did with the colour pencils...I'm still trying to find the right kind of paper to colour (not that I can colour very well anyway, LOL)

Marlene said...

BLAH BLAH BLAH!! You're too hard on yourself!!! Your card is gorgeous!

Linda Carson said...

Beautiful non-traditional card! Amazing coloring w/pencils! Thanks for the tip using the Viva pen.

Debbie Schneider said...

This card is the furthest thing I have ever seen from a "mess" - I love everything about it - I love how you cut out the main image and then matted with black - it really makes it stand out - your coloring is awesome - I have yet to really give prisma pencils a try - I only own about 6 of them - not really enough to experiment with. You do inspire me though to try new things! I will have to get one of the pearl pens though - I love what you do with them on the acetate. That will definately be on my next order. Once again thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us - simply stunning!!!!

Tine said...

I L-O-V-E this image Annika, and it doesn't look a mess to me at all. Fabulous! Card from Tesco?!? Not at mine. :(
Tine :)

Andrea said...

Your creation is very great - so wonderful coloring the motiv! I like it!
Thanks for your comment! Laugh - I wanted to crumple up the card in between have and throw it away. It is not as easy as it can be seen in the workshop. Worst of all, I found the triangles.
I look forward to your version. Tell me if it has brought you to despair - laugh
Big hug and have nice weekend

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Just gorgeous, your colouring is fantastic!!! Love the LO & your flourish looks great!
Thank you for sharing with us at Gingerloft & CES Challenges this week, good luck!
Hugs shell xx

Ms. Jen said...

I'll have to look into that paper. I'm doing okay but I wanna take my Prisma's to a new level. This one is fabulous. Love the way those colors blended.

We have a BIG deep fryer for outside. You put a rub mix all over the turkey and then drop it in the oil (slowly) and it fries it for a couple hours. Yummy, best turkey you ever had. We're having winds today though so hubby is kinda worried. Gusts up 50mph. If you ever get the chance to taste a fried turkey - do it!

Val said...

This is so beautiful. Just love everything about it.

Congratulations on your LOTV win this week.


Vanja said...

This is stunning, Annika! fabulous colouring, I love the ribbon.
hugs, vanja

Vanja said...

Thank you for joining us at Ellephantastic challenges! :)

hugs, Vanja

Laura said...

So cool! Now you're good with pencils also!!!! {bowing in respect}

AMAZING! I thought those were some bought blings... your "drops" came out perfect!

I am running to send you an e-mail :)


Lynne said...

Absolutely stunning Annika as usual - beautiful, beautiful colouring - is there no end to your talents!!! thanks for sharing it with us at Fairy Fun Friday Hugs xx Lynne xx

Kellie said...

It's always the way isn't it! Something isn't a challenge usually till someone says CHALLENGE. I absolutely love it and think your colouring is amazing!
Hugs Kellie xx

CraftinGranny said...

It's not gone bad, it's unique and I think adorable. Got those creative juices flowing with this one. Great card! "Hugs" Carol

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

I love it Annika!! I have never seen a bad card or project out of you girl!! Sweet image and gorgeous coloring!! As always your details are perfect too!

Tara said...

Well I think this is a beauty of a card and you really are too hard on yourself!! The colouring looks amazing and I think I might have a go at not doing the blending too, as it creates fantastic contrast!
Big hugs, Tara xx

Vicky said...

WOW...gorgeous card & your colouring is amazing I love the image.
Thank you for joining in our challenge this week at CES Challenges.

Hugs Vicky xx

Suzi Mac said...

Hi Annika, just me again, this time I have one of my DT hats on. Haven't changed my opinion sweetie, it's a beautiful card but I want to thank you for joining us at Fairy Fun Friday with our buttons and bows challenge.
Suzi x

Julie said...

Wow - this is a stunner!! Your image is coloured perfectly and I love your layout and layering! Thanks for joining us at CES this week. juliexx

~♥~The Navy Wife~♥~ said...

This is HOT! I love how you have so many layers and the swirly pearls are just devine. I love the whole card! Thanks for joining us at Gingerloft Challenges.

kaylou said...

aahh this is such a gorgeous card thanks for joining our lovely lace challenge at CES challenges.
Hugs Kaylou xoxo

deesdesigns said...

Your card is just lovely - I wouldn't change a thing. Thanks for sharing the tip to use the acrylic - I am definitely going to try this.

I'm so glad you could join us this week at SSDS

Nicecrane Designs said...

Absolutely stunning,,,,,oh my I adore your personal stule, please let me know if you are interesting to join in my CT,,, At the end I get on my CT to Dorcas ,,,wowwwwwww,,,,,,,,,

Linda said...

Another beautiful card! I love the colors and your coloring. Fantastice!

Kelly said...

Great card, I love the image it is really unique with a little girl swinging and yet still having the Christmas feel. Thanks for joining us at FFF, we look forward to seeing your future creations.

LORi said...

Adorable Annika!! The black makes the images's one of my favorite techniques!!
Hugs - LORi

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