Colored die cuts

I am still playing with the January Spellbinders Small Die of the Month club. This time I cut all the pieces out of Strathmore Paint Pad paper and colored them with my Prismacolor colored pencils. That way I could add some dimension. I colored the face with some shading under the hairline. I used the shirt die for the lady’s top and the dress die to create a maxi-skirt into which I colored some pleats.

I added shading and highlights to the lady’s red hair allowing the tooth of the paper to still show a bit in the grooves that the die creates and so give a “sparkly” appearance. The eyes are die cut out of black cardstock and I added the highlights with a white gel pen.

The background on this card is an experiment. I have seen many beautiful alcohol ink backgrounds with foiling added to them while a bit of the ink was still wet. I tried to see if I could recreate that effect with watercolors and glue.
I created the cardbase out of Canson XL Watercolor paper and taped it down to my glass mat so that I would have a white frame. I splashed on my colors, some shades of yellow and green. As the paint was drying, I took note of the spots that took longer to dry and that would have grabbed onto the foil if this were alcohol ink. Once completely dry, I added Zig 2-way glue to those spots and once it was dry, I added the foil to the glue spots and a piece of tape I had added at the bottom. I then stamped the sentiment into a lighter spot on the card with Versafine Onyx black ink and glued the lady down to the front of my card.

I think the experiment was successful for a first try. I will try it again and be a little less heavy-handed on the glue spots on the background. 

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Canson XL watercolor paper
Black cardstock
Spellbinders January small die of the month dies
Prismacolor colored pencils
Crayola watercolor paints
Versafine Onyx black ink
White gel pen
Zig 2-way glue
Gold DecoFoil

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4 thoughts on “Colored die cuts”

  1. Aww Monica how stylish is your adorable little girl! Love your creativity in designing a custom outfit for her! And your amazing coloring makes her even more beautiful! Such a wonderfully, sweet card! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow, what a wonderful creation! I never would have guessed that the girl was die-cut, your coloring is great! I really like the background, thank you for the details on how you created it. Thank you for joining our make your own background challenge at International Art & Soul. Best, CG

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