Ho ho ho! I have been looking forward to creating this card for ages! Well, at least since I first spotted this Purple Onion Designs stamp last year. This Santa Claus is just the most adorable ever, don’t you think? It’s a surprisingly large image, which turned out great after all because he can be the focal point of a card all by himself.
My focus today is on adding a lot of contrast to a colored image. I used to be very scared of doing that, but over time, I realized that to take my coloring to the next level, I needed to shed my fear of the darkness 😉 Well, that and Sandy Allnock keeps emphasizing how important shadows are and I learned to control them in my Kit and Clowder coloring classes (they have a sale which ends Tuesday Dec 1 2015!!).
Conventionally, you’ll learn that you should blend within a color family, and that’s ok when you are just starting out. But as you can see in this card, there’s nothing wrong with going outside of the color family. I was
wasting time researching on Pinterest and stumbled across some color combinations for red that I had not considered and I was amazed how much more depth they allowed me to add to my images.
I will not lie; the coloring of this image took me an hour. Not sure if that is because I am still a beginner, or because working in multiple layers simply takes time. But I want to put this out there because I always thought coloring has be quick and efficient. There’s nothing wrong with that approach, but don’t forget to enjoy the process. It shouldn’t be a chore. It should be a treat, something to look forward to and to enjoy.
You know me, I could not help adding a few dots to this card. I first created the background and added some sequins by Pretty Pink Posh with my Glossy Accents and Fine Tip Applicator. Once I had the sequins placed, it was easy to add the dots around them and connect the sequins. I started out with just Stardust dots, and they shimmer gorgeously when you tilt the card in the light, but then I also added a few white gel pen dots for contrast and they really seal the deal.
The image itself was cut out by my Brother Scan ’n Cut machine. I was absolutely delighted how flawlessly the machine did it. I used heavy paper by Simon Says Stamp because I knew I would be cutting it out. With some foam tape, I mounted Santa on my card base and that was it.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed the coloring tutorial and have fun coloring some of your own images!
Purple Onion Designs is currently having a sale (Nov 2015, just in case you read this July next year) with huge savings! Don’t forget to check it out!
This card will go off to the following challenges: Creative Knockouts “Festive Fun”; Simon Says Stamp “Anything Goes”; Always Playing with Paper “Christmas Card”; and of course one of my favorites, Addicted To Stamps and More “Make Your Mark”.