Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Challenge this week at TTCRD

Welcome again! We have a new challenge blog at Through the Craft Room Door (TTCRD) starting today. Our challenge is “anything goes”, as it is every week. Our sponsor this week is the very talented artist, Heather Valentin of Lacy Sunshine.

A little bit about Heather:
“Heather Valentin is a lady who breathed art her entire life. She was drawing as soon as she could hold a crayon. Guided by her farther, she found her truest joy in drawing and painting. Heather does have a BA in arts. Heather made her way in the world by creating original drawings and installations for various global companies and corporations for advertisement and display purposes.

Heather’s true love has always been creating her original copyrighted characters and sharing them with her appreciative public. Her beloved characters are recognizable worldwide because of her signature eyes and drawing style, mostly featuring mismatched clothing and characters from days gone by. Making people smile with her art is Heather's greatest joy.”

Today I decided on Heather’s image “Rory’s Hollyhocks”. Rory, of course, was colored with Copics. All of Heather’s Rory images are my favorite to use with my Copics and turning into cards or mixed-media projects. Take a look at all her characters she has in her online store, Lacy Sunshine. Her range of characters is extraordinary and perfect for YOU to use in your creations.

Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 13, + R20 for blush;
Hair: E11, 15, 18, 33;
Dress & Socks: R81. 83. 85. 89, + V01, 04, 06;
Shoes: C1, 3, 5, 7, 9, + 100 Black
Barrel Rings: YR21, 23, 24, 27;
Barrels: E11, 15, 18, 33;
Hollyhocks: V01, 04, + Grape Jelly Memento Marker;
Grass & Leaves: YG17, 23, _+ G94, 99;
Background: B01 + V04 with alcohol splotches.

After the coloring I decided to create the background. I usually try and complete the background first, but not this time. (I forgot this first step because I was so excited I was coloring Heather’s images again!)  My “bubbles” were created with dipping a micro tip into alcohol and touching the background inks.

When my coloring was complete, as was my layout, I decided that she needed more flowers. I chose a couple of dies (see links below), and colored the stems with green Copic marker. For the blooms I colored with an amethyst sparkle marker. To add a little more sparkle for the entire project, I added a clear glitter marker on the dark purple cardstock. The final touch was Dandelion Yellow crystal drops and a few flat-backed pearls.

To those of you, who continue to play along with us every week a TTCRD challenge blog, thank you so much! We appreciate you sharing your creations with us and truly enjoy your talent!

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“Rory’s Hollyhocks” will be entered into the following blog challenges:
613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes with an Optional Twist (I did not use the twist.)
A Bit More To Craft #46 – Anything Goes
Calling All Sistahs June Challenge – Photo Inspiration below

Thanks for stopping by! If you have any questions at all, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

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  2. Amazing colouring! I love her hair and will probably have a go at your background too. Fantastic card x

  3. She's adorable! Lovely coloring, and pretty card you've made for her.


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