Monday Mash Up – Everybody Loves A Fairy

June 9, 2014 — 31 Comments

This week I have been having a little colouring in session with my Spectrum Noir pens.

I didn’t start this project with anyone in mind so I chose a fairy for the design as it’s one of those universal images that seems to sit well with most people – everybody loves a fairy, right?

Yes, yes, I know, I need to buy more craft stuff like I need a chocolate teapot (although that might be quite nice to eat), but believe it or not I didn’t have a fairy digi stamp.

I now have three. Lol!

I visited a few digi stamp websites and eventually found an image (or three) that I liked over at Wee Stamp Designs.

Having bought and downloaded them I printed one of them onto Neenah cardstock and got my coffee and sat down.

Here is the colouring sequence that I went through.


For the Berries

Pens used – DR4, DR6, DR7.

I first coloured the berries with a solid layer of DR4. Then added general shadows with DR6 and some detailed shadows with DR7. Finally I blended together with another layer of DR4.

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For the Hair

Pens used – GB2, GB6, EB5, EB8, GB10,

This ones going to be easier to follow the pics, but as an overview –

I made an all over layer of GB2.

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Then flicked in some GB6.

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And some EB5 to create the deeper darker areas of the hairline and shadows of berries.

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I then used GB10 and EB8 to soften the harsh colour contrasts of the earlier step.

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Went over most of these layers with the GB6.

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And then aimed to blend it all with the GB2.

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Not sure it blended it as well as I had hoped but I think that it worked out well.


For the Skin

Pens used – TN1, FS2, FS3

As before I added a layer of the lightest colour, TN1.

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Then used FS2 and FS3 to added a slightly darker outline to the face and shadows on the hands and legs.

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For the Foliage

Pens used – LG1, LG3, LG4, LG5, GG2

Starting with LG1 I added the base colour.

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Then used LG3 to add some basic shadows.

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Then I successively darkened the shadows with LG4 and LG5.

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I then blended these shadow areas back in with LG3 and LG1. I also then went back in and added some subtler shadow effects with GG2.

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Hope you are following so far.

Here’s a quite overall shot to show how things were falling into place.

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For the Wings

Pens used – BT1, BT2, BT3, BGR1 & GT1, GT2, GT3 (these three were for the translucent twig effect).

Just a quick explanation here. I wanted to give the wings a translucent feel so in order to do that I needed to added a little detail on where the branch went behind the wing. To do this I used the GT1, 2 & 3 pens to draw simple lines and gently blend.

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I then went on to colour the winds with the BT1, 2 & 3 – forming a sort of highlight in the middle.

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And then outlined the wing with the BGR1. It was a very subtle effect so not sure you’ll be able to pick it up in the picture.

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For the Dress

Pens used – HB1, HB2, HB3

I coloured all over with HB1.

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Added a general shadow with HB2.

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Added detail shadow with HB3.

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Then, blended with another layer of HB1.

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To finish the colouring

Pens used – IG1, IG2 & Blender Pen

I oultined the design first in IG1, then the blender and then IG2. I felt that it gave it a nice subtle outline.

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So that was the colouring done. Now I went on to work this into a card front.

To begin with I dug out my Spellbinders Rectangular Matting Basics set of dies and worked out the position of the image on the front of the card.

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At this point I also realised that I hadn’t got a clue what the sentiment was going to be so I put a call out to my friends on Facebook and Twitter – but more on that later.

I worked with a variety of cardstock (that I tried to match to the colours of the card), the dies and also the Perfect Layers tools (as the larger layers were bigger than my biggest dies) and ended up with this.

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So, back to that sentiment. I asked if anyone had any ideas for sayings or sentiments that I could use and got some crackers back, here were some of my favourites.

  • Tina Maree – As I sit here day-dreaming with berrie’s in my hair… I’m sending squishy hugs til I am there.
  • Beverley Rollings – Have a berry wonderful day.
  • Ginni Hodge – Remember, life is a challenge, but with you as my friend, my life is enriched.
  • Melissa Kattman – Cherrish the Love … We’re watching from above.
  • Barbara Tredwell – life is a joy when you live in the trees to sit on a branch and be gently rocked by the breeze.

But all of the ideas were very much appreciated.

I finally settled on one suggested by Tracy Anne Aquilla Smith. Tracy wrote “Cherrys in my hair cherry’s at my feet I am the cutest little girl you will ever meet”.

Now, given that these were Rowan berries and not cherries, I thought that I would mix up the sentiment a little and went with, “Berries in your hair, Berries at your feet, you are the cutest girl I ever did meet”.

I also wanted to use my peel off titling technique that I highlighted a few weeks back but also wanted an outline so I designed that on the computer and then cut the outline layer from black peel off sheet with my Scan N Cut and transfered it onto the design.

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I then applied the top layer of text, which had also been cut at the same time from dark red peel off sheet.

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I actually really didn’t like this colour combo, it was too dark for the overall look.

So I carefully removed all of the red letters and re-cut the design in silver and applied over the shadow layer.

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Yep, that was better :) I would have preferred a light pink (like that in the background paper) but didn’t have that colour available in peel off sheet, but this worked for me so I moved on.

Next I applied a tiny bit of cloud effect to the bottom left corner using a die cut of a cloud as a mask and some Pool coloured Adirondack Brights ink applied with a foam blender.

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The next thing that I changed (this was becoming a “thing” with this card) was the text. I didn’t really like the placement of the word “the” above the fairies head and the space between the two parts of text so I carefully peeled off the words (with their shadow layers) and reapplied them.

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Ok, yes, I felt that it flowed better. Would you have changed it too?

To finish I reached for some floral dies from Spellbinders, Joy! and Cheery Lynn Designs and worked them all together with some swirls from Cheery Lynn Designs, oh, and some gems, obviously! :)

And here was the finished piece.

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It’s cute, it’s fresh (only one layer of black!), BUT I think that I still need to titivate the bottom set of words a little and bring them over and up however I think that you’ll agree that everybody loves a fairy.


As a little surprise, I think that I’ll be getting in touch with Tracy in order to send her this card front (once I’ve adjusted those words) in gratitude for her contribution. But shhh, don’t tell here – it’s our little secret ;)

Well, that’s it for this week’s Monday Mash Up. I hope that you have enjoyed it. It was certainly a pleasure to create.

As usual, if you have any questions of comments about this post, please feel free to pop them in the comments section below.

Thank you for reading.

Look forward to seeing you next time.

J :)

 

 

 

 

31 responses to Monday Mash Up – Everybody Loves A Fairy

  1. 

    well!! what patience you have and so good at explaining the processes you went through, love the outcome x

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  2. 

    Yowzah! Love the card, coloring, flowers, clouds, fairy, hmmm. Love the card! Now I have to go to the digi site you mentioned and hope I don’t get in trouble. Thank you for sharing the lovely step by step.

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  3. 

    Gorgeous coloring, thanks for sharing all the steps!

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  4. 

    Ow about sticklers in a gentle AB pink /clear over the text?

    J xxx

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  5. 

    Thanks John for the colouring lesson. I really have trouble with skin and hair and this is a great step by step instruction.
    Love Val in Spain x

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  6. 
    Pauline Steadman June 9, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    A beautiful lesson to follow, thank you, and oh dear, oh dear, another download site to explore 😊

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  7. 

    Brilliant tutorial, John. Great idea putting the pen (showing the number) next to the part you coloured in. It means even the most daunted crafter (that’ll be me then!) can colour in and achieve great results. :-)

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  8. 

    Sorry John, I like the fairy but the lettering is a bit too heavy for my liking. Think it would have been nicer if you had chosen a lighter font and positioned it in the top left corner to balance the whole picture especially with the flowers you added on the base.

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  9. 

    Thank you John for explaining everything so brilliantly

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  10. 

    This is stunning – is definitely one to save for the coloring techniques! Your talents are amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. 

    John what a fabulous tutorial – what a lovely card – got to try it.

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  12. 
    maria manchester June 9, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    wow john you’ve done it again, amazing, thanks for tutorial, lovely to see it happening before your eyes.

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  13. 

    its so beautiful!!!

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  14. 
    Carole Morgan June 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you once again John for sharing. You are most generous. I am new to colouring in & your advice is most helpful. Tho I have to think as I have pro markers. But I think the principles are the same – am I right?
    You finished card is beautiful – I agree with your thoughts on the lettering at the base, but it would pass if you in a hurry! Sorry that sounds awful but you know what I mean!!
    Thanks again
    Happy crafting!
    Carole

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  15. 
    Janice Hingley June 9, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    This is no mash up any day of the week. It is beautiful. J

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  16. 

    wahouuuuuuuuuuuu, c’est magnifique john et merci pour le tuto
    j’aimerai bien coloriser comme vous un jour
    j’adore lire vos news ; elles m’apprennent des tas de choses
    bonne journée et à très vite <3

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  17. 

    Absolutely #fab! you make everything look so easy John…Thank’s for the step by step tutorial #masterclass #inspiration xXx

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  18. 

    Wow this is a brilliant card.Thanks for the tutorial.

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  19. 
    Annette Wornin June 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

    What a brill tutorial thankyou sooo much lol

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  20. 

    What a fab card, and yes it was worth faffing with the sentiment. Thanks for the colouring tutorial too xx

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  21. 

    You’ve got it spot on there John. I think it’s all in the blending and you have it down to a T. WELL DONE

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  22. 

    A really pretty card John. I am fairly new to your blog. I find your detailed accounts really helpful. Can I ask what card you use for your matting and layering. I love the look but find that extra layers can make a card quite heavy and also expensive to post.
    Sheila

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  23. 

    This is a fabulous tutorial, John. – very compehensive! Thank you. B :-) x

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  24. 
    tilly trotter June 9, 2014 at 8:29 am

    this is one cute fairy, good tips on colours and I agree about moving the bottom words lol
    Tilly

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  25. 

    Absolutely brilliant John! I have some pens but really was not confident to try them but now…. :) this step by step guide will get me going – thank you

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  26. 

    Wow John – brilliant tutorial for colouring with Spectrum Noirs – I have difficulty with hair but will refer back and back again on here to try and get it all right next time. Lovely card – you are very talented – shame you’re not on as a demonstrator on C & C more often. Keep up the good work.

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