Saturday, April 23, 2011

She's new, she's sweet and very-very sparkly

The challenge at Make It Colourful is colouring BLACK HAIR this week - using whatever medium and image you want.

We might be a wee bit puzzled if you start scribbling black wigs onto mushrooms and houses and whatnot but we solemnly  promise to be totally non-judgemental!

Anyways, I went with Copics this week - I know, I'm boring. BUT, to cheer you up, here's Cordelia, a sign of Things To Come at Make It Crafty.
I applied acrylic paint, microbeads and glitter in 3 different colours to EVERYTHING, including the image...

And those beautiful filigree circles and flower centers and corners - all cool laser cut chipboard which I just lightly sponged with metallic acrylic paint. It warms my heart to see that stuff now more readily available in UK and Europe as well, hurry before Elaine runs out of stock! Soon you won't see a card of mine without them ....sooo effective and versatile.
And I'm easily obsessed, lol
There's a certain sense of satisfaction in cheerfully mucking around with paints and glitters.
Oh, and see all the pearls? I have recently become terribly clever (cough) and cost-effective and don't get self-adhesive pearls and gems any more.Instead I get loose flat back ones and just stick them on either with Tombow or glue gel. Quixotic has a good colour selection in 2 different sizes here.
Copic colours:
Skin: E11/01/00/95/000
Hair: C9/8/7/5/4, B99/39/14
The rest: B14/02/00/0000, BG97/93, G24

The sentiment I threw together myself in Gimp, it's a rush-job and not artsy or anything and Gimp is doing my head in cause I'm used to Photoshop but if you like it, help yourself (just click to enlarge before you save):


Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge - 2W -  2nd Wk - Anything goes
Southern Girls - 2W, 1E - Green & blue
My Mum's Craft shop - 3E - #2 glitter
Truly Scrumptious - 2W - #55 vintage
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Pearls
Cupcake Craft - Lots of Layers
Stamp Fairy - For the Girls with a Sentiment
For Your Inspiration - 2W, 3E - Challenge #4: Inspirational Photo
 

OK, I'll stop rambling now before you throw something heavy at me and thus destroy your monitor.
Mwah!


47 comments:

angelwhispers said...

Annika this is so magical and I love your black hair it looks amazing!!!

The theme is wonderful and love the effect the microbeads make its so perfect!!!

Love Chanellexxx

Mette said...

Stunning creations. Love your colouring and all the little details. So much to see and the image is gorgeous (yes, she's somehow managed to swim onto my craft desk too :) ).
Have a lovely easter.

Hugs, Mette

-Sanna- said...

Wow, such a beauty.
You are an artist, you know !
I love it all...
Hugs.

Larisa said...

She is sweet so much!!! love this card! Your colouring is absolutely perfect!!!! Great job)))

Shazza said...

wow Annika, this is wonderful, love that image and all your chipboard pieces x

Sandra said...

Thanks Annika, and the inside says ... but today is a gift, that is why the call it the present ....

Beautiful card!
Sandra ltb

Sylvia said...

oh my goodness... Annika... this is beyond gorgeous! I can't stop staring at this absolutely AMAZING and wonderful card! It's THE perfect card!!! I LOOOOOOOOVE the image and -of course- how you coloured her in perfectly (the black hair is just brilliant..as is the mermaid tail.. fantabulous!)
But I also LOVE your finishing and how everything is sparkling (but not too much).. and those microbeads are just the PERFECT touch for it.. wow g/f .. I'm melting away... and will stay here for a little longer to stare at this beauty again and again...

Wishing you a wonderful, sunny, happy and blessed Easter weekend!
{{{hugs}}}
Sylvia

Julie said...

What a stunning card Annika,Thanks for the sentiment,you may not think it amazing but I certainly do! I'm pants at anything that clever! Haven't been round for a few weeks but hope to get by more often now I'm back from my hols! Have a great weekend,Julie.x

Julie said...

Forgot to say,Love the new look blog too :) x

Pinkllilac said...

What gorgeous card Annika and in such beautiful colours, love the design.
Hugs Linda

Diane said...

This is amazing, Annika! I love the way you've coloured her tail and all the accent beads and other glittery bits!
Diane x

Cheryl Nelson said...

So sweet and lovely!! Amazing detail work!!

Davi said...

OH my Annika this is absolutely the most beautiful!! I love the image and your coloring is stunning as always along with the faby layers and embellies. Have a Wonderful Easter :)

Netty said...

Happy Easter Annika.........and whats wrong with black hair on mushrooms, I adore that look, methinks it gives mushrooms true character.........lol
Fabulous card as always. Hugs Annette x

Dorcas said...

LOVE the micro beads! And the mermaid's tail. Gorgeous card,Annika!

sari said...

Hi Annika! Wow!! I just love your card! Love the soft blues, the image is lovely and that quote is perfect! (Thanks, snaged it!) Love the sweet details and the waves too! Thanks for joining us at The Cupcake Craft Challenge this week! Goos Luck! Hugs & Sunshine! /Sari

deesdesigns said...

I bow down to you, you are a copic genius - anyone who can color black hair is a master! Your card is just stunning - I love all of the embellishments. Boring? Never!!!

CraftyC said...

Wow Annika, you've done it again. Another amazing card. Love the colours and what a fab sentiment. Happy Easter to you and yours!
Clairexx

Little K Smith said...

A stunning card, gorgeous image, beautiful colours, lovin' all the sparkle and beautiful embellishments too :)
Kelly.x

chris said...

Oh My goodness, blown away once more, STUNNING, I wish I could write that word bigger. hugs chris xx

Di said...

Just how fabulous is this!!!!
Jaw dropping!
Happy Easter!
Hugs Di xxxx

Amy Johnson said...

Gorgeous card. Coloring hair black is so hard, but you rocked that challenge. Love the colors, microbeads, and glitter. How interesting that the artist of the image gave her a little 'pot belly'. It's nice to see a more realistic figure for a change. LOL!

Wanda Cullen said...

Your card is amazing! So full of wonderful texture and details! Thanks for playing along at For Your Inspiration!

Viv said...

Awwww! LOVE it!!!!! Those microbeads are perfect and the flower centres etc look fab!
Thanks for playing at Southern Girls!

PS.Check your email Niks, sent you a message!

Tracy said...

A new level of jaw dropping. Those microbeads were pure genius! This is one of my favorites of yours. The colors are fabulous and the design--superb! {grin} I'm terrible at coloring hair so I'll have to work my nerve up for this week's challenge. Hugs!

Posh Cat Crafts said...

Morning and happy easter to you. Gorgeous card I love the micro beads. Love you you tube tut's too I'm going to try the clouds.
Hugs
Tamara

tiggertastic said...

this is so wonderful, lovely working and a stunning card.

Happy Easter,

Sarah xx

tiggertastic said...

amazing !

happy easter

Sarah x

Tine said...

Fabulous card Annika. It must have been quite difficult to cut your image out too. Fab job! Lovin' all the detail.
Tine :)

Zoe said...

Hahahhaa - Boy I wish you had have coloured sribbley black hair on the mushroom house! That would have been a sight to see! However, what you have done with Cordelia is absolutely stunning. The card though... wow - I LOVE microbeeds but never thought to use them like this. And I am so excited you have played with the filigree jewels which you MADE me make! hahaaa You did wonders with em! Big Squeezes and I hope you are having a wonderful Easter. hugs xxoo

SemSee said...

Gorgeous, stunning card Annika! I love the way you've coloured her tail with the little green dots against the pale aqua and I adore the colouring of her hair! I never thought to use blues with the C copics to create blue-black hair!! Awesome! I adore all the glitter and micro beads you've added - not too little, not too much! You are a true artist adding the perfect finishing touches which I struggle to do! I don't have Photoshop so use GIMP, but boy do I have a hard time with it! LOL! Happy Easter my friend! Hugs, Simonne x

dstandard said...

This is just gorgeous and perfect for the photo challenge! Thanks for playing with us at FYI!

Audrey said...

What a beautiful project. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments and celebrating our 1st Birthday with us.

Mary J said...

Really gorgeous Annika!! She is just beautiful!

Nikki said...

This is just stunning WOW you've colored her beautifully and I love all the little details
hugs Nikki

...just Barbara said...

Am I allowed to ogle?! Let me at least pick up my jaw off the floor and wipe all the saliva off the keyboard - this is amazing!! I love how you captured under the sea feel and all those microbeads are the cat's meow! I actually have two dusty jars of that stuff in the corner and have never used them - gasp! I know! I seriously love the colors you chose and adding blue to her hair is perfect - you're a generous all around and I am now officially adding another foot to your monogrammed pedestal!! And I'm so jealous that you have the NEW chipboards already... I'm still waiting for my order. Sigh... ;D *Hugs

...just Barbara said...

P.S. and I'M taking notes on this card too! :D LOL I see now this is a better way to color her eyes than what I had - I think I had too much white space.

coldwaters2 said...

WOW this is absolutely stunning what a beautiful image the colours, sentiment and design look super thank you for joining us at Aud sentiments
Hugs
Lorraine x

Dora said...

This is fabulous Annika, I've seen it on the challenge blog and the colouring and everything about it immediately struck me.. love the blues and glitter and such a sweet mermaid. Love it and thank you for your nice comment on my card. Hugs xxx

CraftinGranny said...

What a stunning creation and the black hair is beautifully done. All the embellies and details make this one spectacular card Annika. Thanks to for the freebie sentiment. Love it!!! I don't use Photoshop or Gimp and admire those of you that do. "Hugs" Carol

Rica said...

Hi Annika, I simply love your beautiful card, the colours and all your stunning details are ezquisite and your colouring is it's usual awesome self!!

So glad you could join us at Truly Scrumptious,
Heather xx

StephC said...

Gorgeous card! The image is just darling, and I love all of the sparkle to it. So glad you joined us at FYI!

Angela said...

Jaw dropping gorgeous Annika! Wow! Just brilliant!

Keep those sentiments coming. You should work for Hallmark!! ;) hugs, Angela

Kitty said...

Wow this is stunning hun. Love everything about it and of course your AMAZING colouring!

Thanks for joining us at MMCS and hope to see you again for the next challenge.

Kitty xx

Marilyn said...

Lovee this card... wicked hair & mermaid suit. Thanks for the digi sentiment... I will surely use it.

Alicia said...

Oooh this is a lovely card! I LOVE everything!! I love her hair with the blue/black tones, I love her abs...you are such an amazing colourer!! I love all the sparkle and the paint and the glitter. Thanks for joining in with our Green and Blue challenge at Southern Girls. I have Magnolia candy on my blog if you would like to enter.
Alicia xx
http://alicia-timetocreate.blogspot.com/2011/04/mad-for-markers-dt-yr-rv-bg-colour_26.html

Valerie said...

Lovely take on the photo - beautiful, love all the details. Thanks so much for playing along at FYI!

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