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Saturday 11 April 2015


Morning all.  Sorry (again) for being quite elusive lately.  Rosie has been quite a distraction this week!

Anyhoo, where do I begin with this card.  All right, the challenges first

Here is the original sketch from CC Designs

The ingredients for my card
CC Designs Roberto's Rascals stamp called Erica Texting
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers) with a touch of pencil for her hair
Fussy cut and matted with some MME papers (magazine freebies)
Woodware sentiment from the Friendship set

Isn't she beautiful?

Now, for AYLI, I have to tell you why I prefer Distress Inks over Alcohol Markers.  I did had a dabble with marker pens a while ago but I never really acquired the skills to use them effectively.  I had already worked with water colours so when I acquired the DI ReInkers it was almost like a duck to water.  I love the sheer anticipation of picking up a paintbrush, wondering what colours to choose as they sit before me in the palette like shimmering jewels of loveliness.  I am absorbed for hours at a time on one image, and I love how you can get so many shades and tones from one colour just by adding more or less water.  It's relaxing too and the best therapy for calming down.  Do I need to carry on?  No, maybe not.

So, that's me for today.  Now I need to go and do something domestic.  Ha!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx


Ruth said...

This is fab! What a great stamp and back grand papers too. I love your explanation of why you love inks. I'm currently into pencils and have yet to try pens. It's a considerable investment and until I have the cash and the patience to learn, I'll stick to what I know!

Sarah said...

A super duper card Squirrel and what a great sketch too. As usual your painting is incredible and thank you for joining in at AYLI. Looking forward to seeing more of Rosie xx

thecraftycavalier said...

Oooh! This is beyond scrumptious. Such a pretty layout and I love how you've framed the image. Stunning colouring - as always. Just beautiful hun. Jayne xxx

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous card Squirrel, I love the image, she looks fab and a brilliant take on the sketch too.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend
Lorraine x

Donna Mosley said...

Great card Squirrel, love the image and your amazing colouring.

Donna x

Debs said...

Fabulous card Squirrel - love love love the LO.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Debs xx

Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous,love the design and fab image.xxx

Helen in the UK said...

Great card. Wonderful colouring (as always) and love the papers you've used and the sketch :)

Jackie said...

With the results you get from DI-Rinkers Squirrel, I am not suprised that you love them so much. Your colouring superb. I can't get good results with brushes at all! :o)
Jackie xx

Lisa xx said...

gorgeous card....once again the image is coloured with such flawless-ness (hope this is a word!)

Carol Willis said...

Fabulous card Squirrel.
Caz x

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

I love what you have done with the sketch and your image is so beautifully coloured as always, - so that's your secret is - water and distress inks. Fabulous!

coops said...

so stunning squirrel.really love your design and sassy image and your colouring is fabulous ;D

xx coops xx

Whisper said...

Great layout & image, luv Sam x

Kat W said...

I find colouring so therapeutic as well...mostly...I have the odd tantrum when I just can't find the right colour blend!
I love my Copics but I always admire your gorgeous soft colouring with DIs and this is no exception - beautifully done my friend :-)

I love the combo of circles and fishtail banner for your funky CAS design :-)

Big hugs, Kat xx

Annette said...

Lovely card honey, I really like the image and it's beautifully painted.
But just so I get this right, you like markers, right? ;0)
Luvs ya!

Cazro said...

Such a super cool cute card, loving the straight clean lines. Very pretty. So pleased you shared with us at Fantasy Stampers. Caz

JayBe said...

It's great to see you back at Fantasy Stampers, hun - such a pretty CAS design and great colouring. Thanx for sharing with us.
Hugz, Jan (DT) xx

Anonymous said...

Cute card hunny I LOVE C&S look and love your colouring as always a pleasure to see your creations..
and LOVE your new distraction too! shes a real cutie! xx
Oh and nearly forgot... Thanks for joining in with our challenge at As You Like It,
hugs Samantha :0)

Anonymous said...

Lovely colouring, I prefer watercolour techniques over alcohol markers too

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love the patterned circles and how your painted image really stands out from them. You are a fabulous colorer!!! No matter the medium.

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