Monday, 23 January 2012

MiC Manga for my sis... and colouring fun!! :)

Hello everyone!! :)

Well, I managed to get my head in gear long enough earlier to remember what was going on in there when I made this card late last year so thought I should get on and post it while the going was good!!lol ETA: I've just realised as I hit publish how incredibly similar this card is to the one I posted yesterday... guess I like the design- hope you do, too!!lol

This is the card I made for my sis, who loves Manga and all things Japanese, for her 17th birthday a couple of months ago :) Now, I'm often not quite sure about some of the manga style images (the styles of character all have different names but I can never remember them for more than a minute!!lol) I see for crafting... although some of them are growing on me more recently... but I really do like some of the fab ones that the lovely Zoe of MiC brings for us and, having spent a fair bit of time perusing the various MiC galleries and groups, etc., I was more than happy to have an excuse to treat myself to a few digis and have some fun colouring them up!! :)

I wasn't originally planning to go so CAS with this- I tend to go to town with my sis' cards and throw all sorts of things at them!!lol- but when it came to it, I simply couldn't find any papers in my stash that suited the image, either in style or colour... and then, when I put her down on a piece of white card I had on my desk, it really seemed to let the colours and colouring look so much better... so I went with it, printed a greeting panel, found some seam binding and coloured a matching mat layer- I still so love that I can do that with my PMs!! :)

I chose this image (called Cici) in particular as- apart from it just being gorgeous and fun!!lol- I wanted to try improving my colouring and shading of pleats and contours using Zoe's fab video, and her dress and flower are great for that :) My sis is also artistic and has started to get into Copics (always wanting to use my PMs when she's here, too!!lol) so I knew she'd appreciate that I'd put some effort into the colouring... most non-crafters just don't get that, do they!?!lol There's still huge room for improvement with the shading but this was my first attempt and I was pretty pleased considering :) I think the proper blending card I was using for the first time was a big help, too... couldn't believe how much ink I could put down to get the blend before it started bleeding!! :) Nearly ruined the whole thing when I tried to do her hair, though- thank heaven I remembered my Prisma pencils to hide my mess!!lol

I added some glaze to her cherry and some Stickles to the flower for a bit of interest :)

The List:
  • 6" Sq. Elegant white card blank from Craftwork Cards
  • Fab digi image, Cici from Make it Crafty
  • Coloured with ProMarkers and Prismacolor Pencils... PMs: Marine, Turquoise and Pastel Green for dress and flower... don't know what colours I used for her hair as it was going so horribly and knew I wouldn't want to repeat it!! A deep pink Prisma came to the rescue to hide the worst and add some texture, though!! :S
  • White paper coloured with Marine PM for mat layer
  • Computer generated sentiment using free fonts: Candy Round BTN & BlackJack
  • Strawberry Glaze Seam Binding from The Ribbon Girl
  • Pink mini dewdrops with a gorgeous pearly shimmer
  • Crystal Stickles
  • Sakura Clear Glaze pen

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges: Charisma - CAS :) ; I Promarkers - Anything Goes :) ; Joanna Sheen - Celebrations :) ; Cupcake Craftroom - Anything Goes :) ; Papertake Weekly – Buttons, Bows, Bling and Blooms :)

Thank you for visiting... hope you like the card!! :) I have a load of photos already edited and waiting to be posted as I've been doing that when my brain has been refusing to form sentences to write posts for the ones I already had waiting before that so I hope I'll have another moment or three of lucidity soon to catch up with myself!!lol Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card, too- I really do it appreciate so much!! :) :)


Cat's sCrap said...

Hi Rachel !

What an adorable card ! Your sister is lucky ! Wonderful composition. Beautiful choice of colours. Incredible work on your caracter. And this cherry ! One shall eat it ! So it looks tasty ! Excellent work ! Continue like that ! I liiiikkkkkeeeeee !!!!!

Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.

Hugs from France.

coops said...

so stunning rachel.i love the image and your bright colours are fantastic ;D

xx coops xx

Sandra said...

Rachel, your card is so beautiful:) Sandra H

Lorraine said...

This is beautiful. It's one of the nicest CAS I've ever seen. Thanks for taking part at I ♥ Promarkers this week.

kbrandy4 said...

Stunning colouring and a fab card!! Thanks for playing at I ♥ Promarkers and good luck!!
Hazel xx

Feebsy said...

Wow she's gorgeous. I love the bold colours and I think your shading looks wonderful, such a cute image. Love the layout and greeting too, I've no doubt your sister loves it.


xxxtglxxx said...

Great CAS card Rachel, love your manga image! :)

Thanks so much for playing at Charisma Cardz this week,



Debs said...

Love this fab card Rachel - the image is so sweet and the colours really pop :o)
Thanks for sharing it with us at Charisma this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Debs said...

Hi Hon..thanks for leaving some love on my blog :0)..i adore your CAS style i have so much trouble pulling it off!!...and i don't blame you for loving the MIC images..i have loads all waiting to be coloured up..big hugs from another ginger haired glasses wearing teal and purple loving teamie!!

Vee said...

This is a fabulous CAS card. Thanks for joining Charisma this week.
xx Vee

Carole of Brum said...

Hi Rachel :) Happy New Year to you! Wow, your blog is looking amazing, your latest projects are so inspirational. I have to say how much I admire your colouring of those petals in Cici's hair in particular, you've done a superb job. I'm hoping to be able to drop in a bit more regularly now so I won't have so many posts to catch up with next time, lol. CoB

Kathleen said...

Fab card, the cas look works perfectly with the image. Great colour choice too love pink hair!
Hugs Kat xx

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Love Love Love this! Such a classy and elegant design. Fabulous colouring - the colour combo is so striking.
Adore the cute little doggy with the same design below too.
Caroline xxx

Sande said...

Oh, wow Rachel! Your coloring on this one is absolutely stunning!
Such a sweet card!

Hugs, Sande xx

Susie said...

This is absolutely stunning! I LOVE the colours and the layout and your colouring and the CAS style....ok, think that about sums up everything!! Susie x


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