Friday, July 11, 2014

A Watery Hello

Outlawz Alcohol Markers Challenges is now Outlawz Friday's Coloring Challenges. You can use alcohol markers, other markers, colored pencils, and any other coloring medium. The only requirement is that you color an open line image!

July's sponsor for the Outlawz Friday's Coloring Challenges is All Dressed Up. The prize is two digis of the winner's choice! There are some great digis, so be sure to check it out her shop, then play along with this week's challenge for a chance to win this prize!

Our challenge this week is "Beach or Pool"! Being me, I put my own spin on it and interpreted this theme as "water".

Here's my card using one of SCACD's digital stamps, Steampunk Siren.

Steampunk Siren was resized using PhotoElements and printed out onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer. I recently acquired Polychromos colored pencils and have been experimenting with them. This is my first "person". I'm not totally thrilled with the way it came out, but do like the pencils much better than Prismacolors, which were constantly breaking and wouldn't hold a point. I used Goo-gone as a blending agent, but also blended by layering color.

Here's a close-up to show the colored Steampunk Siren.  The photo was taken at dusk and is slightly out of focus. Additionally, I had not yet colored the bubbles or her nails.

Palette chalks were used to create the background around Steampunk Siren, but then I had a "Eureeka" moment and decided to put her behind vellum to give her a real underwater vibe.  I used a Nestabilities die to die-cut a frame from a sheet of wave-patterned paper from the Maritime 6x6 pad by 7 Gypsies. The outside edges were slightly distressed using the edge of a scissor blade. The frame was layered over vellum which adhered to the image panel. A strip of compass-patterned paper from the same pad was added to the bottom, then the whole thing was matted with teal textured cardstock. 

Delicate Chain die by Memory Box was used to die-cut copper metallic cardstock, then adhered to a strip of teal cardstock that was die-cut with a Die-namics border die, from one of their Blueprints set. This was adhered over the seam between the patterned papers. The stamped panel was adhered to a kraft 5x7 card.

SCACD's Contempo Compass Statement Corner die was used to die-cut teal cardstock. The Gearworks Border die by Memory Box was used to die-cut copper metallic cardstock, then one of the gears was cut out and adhered over the star in Contempo Compass Statement Corner.  The Mini Gears die by Memory Box was used to die-cut copper metallic and teal cardstock. One of the teal gears was layered onto the gear in the corner. The embellished corner die-cut was adhered to the upper left hand side.

A banner die by Die-Namics was used to die-cut teal cardstock. A word die, "Hello", by Elizabeth Craft was used to die-cut copper metallic cardstock, then adhered to the banner. Two of the small copper gears was added to the banner. A small clamshell punch was used to punch copper cardstock and the punched shell was detailed, then added to the banner. The banner was adhered to the lower right hand side of the card.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Moxie Fab World's Wonderful Words Dies Challenge. 
Cut It Up Challenge #49: Under the Sea
Crafting by Design: Use Die-cuts
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges: Let's Be Clear
Digi Choosday Challenges: Punches and/or Die-cuts


  1. Very cool card, Kathi! I love the whole design and the diecuts! Fantastic coloring of the magical image, too!

  2. I think this was so clever to put the image behind vellum so it looks like she is really under water! :^)
    Love the image, btw, and the coloring--pencils now, too, huh? :^)
    Really fab design, Kathi, and, of course, I love all of your wonderful die cuts! :^)
    Hugs, Penny
    Have a great weekend!

  3. She's gorgeous! and clever use of vellum, too!
    Beautiful card.
    Thanks for entering our Under the Sea challenge at Cut it Up!


  4. Absolutely beautiful!
    Thank you for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges.
    Have a wonderful day,
    *Crafting With Creative M*

  5. Very pretty design, Kathi, love your use of vellum! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  6. This is absolutely beautiful! I love the background papers, the bold coloring of your mermaid, and especially those amazing and perfectly layered dies in the top left corner. Brilliant!

  7. Brainwave with the vellum for water!! Very impressed with the new colouring medium too - looks great :)

  8. Hi Kathi! Really gorgeous card as usual, and a very interesting post for me as I have still a lot of techniques to learn! In particular from you... ;)
    Well, I will keep in mind that 1) Polychromos pencils are better than prismacolors
    2) You need some blending solution like the product Goo-Gone you speak about to get a nice blended result;
    I've just checked, it is not available in France at first view. Do you know another brand that would work fine too with similar properties, and be largely distributed?? :)
    It's not urgent for me to get your answer as I do not use very often pencils to color so far, but I could use them more in the future haha (with the good tools)! I have tested only Derwent inktense watercolor pencils, and they are great! But my favorite way of coloring remains distress inks or paints using water brushes or small brushes... However, I love trying new ways of doing to make a change or still progress.
    Currently thinking to you Lol.. ;) Hugs, Coco

  9. Cool card and i like how you have tied it to the theme of 'dies and/or punches' for the Digi choosday challenge. Yvonne (DT)