It’s time for a little winter release from Our Craft Lounge! They are releasing 11 great new sets – there’s a little bit of sumpin’ sumpin’ for everyone!
Today I’m going to show you a gorgeous set illustrated by Marianne Walker (you know – I like Markers – Marianne). You might even actually recognize the image!! The stamp set is called Shower of Blossoms. What I LOVE about this set (besides the beautiful illustrations) is the SIZE of the images!!! Size DOES matter sometimes, ya know!?!
I honestly don’t get to stamp or color very often so I was really excited to take my time and use lots of techniques with this image! First I started with paper piecing the umbrella – I used a purple grunge-style paper and then I added shading with a few shades of purple Copic markers, once I did that, I finished coloring the image. Don’t let the detail of the image frighten you from wanting to color it – Marianne gives some great pointers on this image – take it piece by piece – or section by section and really it isn’t too hard at all. I was actually quite happy with the way mine turned out!! After I colored each section (the flowers, the bushes, the trees, the rocks, the bunnies) I created a mask of the image. I first covered up the bottom and airbrushed the sky, then I covered the top and airbrushed the ground. I LOVE the soft look of this – and it made the sky and ground coloring go super fast!! I added some shading around the rocks. Then I popped the two front bunnies up and used the shadow the popped up part created as my shadow for the bunnies – I have NO idea if this was the correct placement but it worked for me!
Looking at it now, I sort of wish I had popped the very first bunny up a second time – I might go back and do that! I kept the layout simple. Often after spending plenty of time on the main image, my creativity sort of fizzles out… so I like to say that I want the focus to be on the image ; ) Ooh! And I added a wee-little bit of Sugar Sparkly Fluff on the little bunny tail! It’s a gorgeous image, right?
Okay – so here’s the GOOD STUFF!!!
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Be sure to check out all of the other great peeks – and comment there too!!!