Thursday, November 29, 2018

Girl With Balloons

It's the last day of the month and I am sharing this card I made for the Die Cut Divas November Challenge, thoughtfully sponsored by SheepSki Designs.  This month's theme is "anything goes" and you still have a bit of time to get your project in, but hurry!

Here is the card I created:

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Bristol Card
SheepSki Designs Birthday Balloons, #157
Spellbinder Nestabilities Curved Etched Rectangles, #S5-006
Various Alcohol Markers
Falling Star Background Die {Unbranded}
Baby Blue Card
Sakura Pigma Micron Black Marker in .005
Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel Pen in .05 
Small Purple Gem 

While this image was designed for a birthday card, I decided to make it an all occasion card as I don't have nearly enough "just because" cards.  As you may know, I am struggling to learn how to use alcohol ink markers successfully and I had printed this image out much smaller, thinking smaller would be easier to color.  Nope.  That was NOT the case.  It was much harder to color when it was smaller.  I did color it though, but I wasn't pleased with it at all, so I printed out the image on a bigger scale and found it to be much more relaxing to color.  I am actually proud of how I colored this digital stamp; I colored the entire thing which is something new for me.  I colored the background, the girl's skin, everything.  Being a good student, I looked up online how to properly color hair but, as usual, I didn't have the colors I needed.  I'm sure once I become more comfortable with using the markers, I will be able to improvise better with the colors I do have on hand.  I even attempted to color her eyes and give her that look that makes the images seem to actually be looking at you; again, I couldn't do that with the smaller image {I used a white Gelly Roll pen and I highly recommend buying the 3 pack which has the sizes .05, .08 and 10}. All in all, I think I did a pretty good job! 

Once the image was colored, I used the curved rectangle die to cut it out.  I found a piece of pale blue card and used an unbranded die I have of what looks like falling stars to cut it for the background.  I mounted the panel onto a white card base, and then the image onto that.  I noticed I went a bit outside the line around the ear, but I fixed that by giving her an earring made from a small flat-backed gem from my stash.  

I hope you like my colorful "anything goes" card for Die Cut Divas.  I'm so glad I am on this design team and I am getting much more comfortable with using digital images; considering about two years ago I wouldn't have touched them and really wasn't pleased that I couldn't use my Zig markers to color them.  I think I may have found a fix for that; I have an old spray can of fixative that fixes the image but you are still able to color it.  That's going to be my next experiment working with digis.  I hope you and yours had a marvelous holiday and thank you so much for stopping by. ~ Fondly, Christi

I am entering my Girl With Balloons card in the Following challenges:
CARDZTV - #76, Anything Goes
Colour Crazy - #48, Anything Goes
Cut it Up - #162, World Hello Day
CASology - #322, Girl
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafting Challenge - #408, Anything Goes

Challenge Graphics


  1. Thanks for joining us on the CASology Challenge blog!

  2. You knocked it out of the park! Gorgeous blues, the eyes do look "real", and I love the hair. She looks ready to ring the doorbell.

    Thanks for joining us for our Cut it Up for our World Hello Day challenge!


  3. Pretty card and bright colors. Your coloring is great since you're just learning. practice practice practice.. look at videos.. I find people I follow with videos and learn from them. I love your work and you should be proud of your work. It's wonderful. thanks for sharing over at Colour Crazy challenge.
    Billie A
    Colour Crazy Challenge
    Catch The Bug
    Creative With Stamps
    Aud Sentiments
    Always Fun Challenges
    Creations In Pink

    1. Thank you for the great advice, Billie - I can use all the help I can get :)

  4. Pretty card, great colors and coloring!

    Thank you for joining us at Cut it Up for our World Hello challenge.


  5. Great color scheme. I love that you "painted" her nails bright red. So fun. Thanks for joining us at Penny's this week. DT Kathy []

  6. What a lovely card you have made here which fits perfectly the Colour Crazy Challenge this week. I know what you mean about printing the image smaller as I did this too and it was a nightmare. You just need to spend time practising colouring. Keep a tally of what colours you like to use that work well together. Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Colour Crazy Challenge Design Team Member).

    1. What a great idea, Kym! Thanks so much for your sweet comment and advice :)

  7. What a gorgeous card!! Love the lovely girl image and the bright colors you used!! Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up challenge!
    Have a great day.


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