Monday, July 28, 2014


Olympia (I will add the link as soon as Zibbet is back on line)

This is the first part of a couple. This wonderful mechanical lady. I printed her onto neenah and coloured her with promarkers. The green woodland with a shaft of sunlight is from 'A Very Important Date' cd by MCS. The balcony with the arches is also by MCS. I prepared and saved everything in MCS. I also opened Craft Artist 2. I opened a new page and imported the woodland background, then the balcony and altered them to fit together. I imported Olympia and removed the white background and placed her onto the balcony.  The red matting was part of a free CA2 digi kit. I had a fantastic time with the final green matting. In CA2 there is a stencil section... I placed my chosen stencil over an elongated green 'mat' and digitally airbrushed it in 'yellowy' gold. I got a bit carried away and moved the stencil around a bit and airbrushed a couple of extra flowers. I am so chuffed with the outcome, I even quite like the way the top of the airbrushing doesn't quite go to the top of the card. I exported the nearly completed project back in MCS where I added the digital paperclip and paper with the sentiment and my watermark.

The shortened history bit
Coppélia concerns an inventor, Dr Coppelius, who has made a life-size dancing doll whom he calls Olympia. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village swain, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his true heart's desire, Swanhilde - she shows him his folly by dressing as the doll, pretending to make it come to life and ultimately saving him from an untimely end at the hands of the inventor.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fancy a cuppa?

There is so much going on with this amazing image! Here we have the March Hare as I have never seen him before... not so cuddly. This is part of Rick's stunning Wonderland series and I am so enjoying colouring them and I still have Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum to show you! The rest of the details are on my blog if you have a moment. Sue x 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

White Queen

The White Queen, part of Rick's alternative Alice in Wonderland collection has been printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. These really are amazing images, so totally different to other 'Alice' images I have seen recently.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Crazy Queen of Hearts

by Rick St. Dennis
The Queen of Hearts Rick St. Dennis style. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers and pencils. Background made in mcs The Queen image was inserted into Serif to remove white background and to add the shadow, and then back to mcs for sentiment, background, watermark etc.
For more details please visit my blog. Sue x

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Let the Games Begin!

There  are so many things about this image,  Smilin' Joe Skull with Roses, that really amuse me: the broken skull contrasted with the beautiful roses, the hat with the ace of spades tucked into the band, the burning cigarette (Live) in Joe's (not so live) mouth. Anyway, I just HAD to colour him and create a mixed media background where he could star. You can find Smilin Joe in Rick's Zibbet shop or his Etsy shop.

I coloured Joe with Prismacolor pencils and tried out a new tip I thought might work. I was watching an encaustic video and the instructor used a piece of pantyhose to buff the wax and remove some of the bloom. Anyone who colours with Prismacolor pencils knows that this will occur at times if you press too hard and get a waxy build-up. Well, guess what...the buffing with the nylon removes some of that build-up or bloom, too, allowing the colours to be more true without the haze. Bonus! Joe was fussy cut and matted in black both for greater strength to pop him up and also for greater contrast with the background.

The background began as a layer of subtly printed kraft paper, distressed and inked on the edges, and matted with black cardstock. Jet Black Archival was used to apply the Dylusions  harlequin stencilling. White gesso was used to apply the TCW Mini Circles stencilling. A strip of black cardstock was embossed with a chain link pattern and highlighted with Treasure Gold wax so the pattern would show. Two playing cards and a layer of cheesecloth were adhered behind the popped up image.

The sentiment was computer generated, torn around, and inked on the edges with Black Soot Distress ink. It was then popped up on foam and baker's twine was wrapped to the back from each end. Black enamel dots embellished the ends. The two final details were the skull charm and a black corner triangle to which more stencilling was applied. I love how this turned makes me smile.

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