Saturday, November 5, 2011

A New Paper a la Mode Challenge at The Outlawz

I'm so sorry to be posting this so much later than usual. It was my turn to post the Paper a la Mode challenge at The Outlawz and by the time I was finished with that at 1:30 this morning, I was really tired and not feeling great so I decided to turn in. I must have been REALLY tired because I didn't wake up until 10:35! Normally I would have typed this up ahead of time and had it scheduled to post at 3 AM. Anyway, enough of that drivel. I'm here now and I'll have this up in a few minutes.

This week our theme was Thanksgiving or Fall Harvest, but with a twist. We were to use a technique and tell what that technique was. I used this awesome image from Phee McFaddell and colored it with Copics.  It's not a traditional cornucopia in that it's all veggies instead of fruit and it's a basket instead of a horn of plenty.  If you'll look closely, you'll discover 4 tiny fairies too. My cornucopias never attracted fairies so I guess they prefer vegetables to fruits! If you click on the individual pictures, they will enlarge to show more of the detail.

The technique I used was to apply Diamond Glaze to some of the veggies to give them a sheen and also to add dimension and texture. The close up above shows the glaze on the Indian corn. This piece was the most difficult and took considerable time to achieve the appearance of individual kernels. First, I put a think coating of the glaze over the entire ear of corn. After that dried, I applied tiny droplets to the individual kernels but I could not apply it to adjacent kernels or the glaze just ran together to form more of a blob.  I had to let it dry thoroughly between each application until I had all the corn kernels applied. Then I went through the process again to build up the layers of glaze to make it more pronounced. I also used the glaze on the peas (but not the pods), the eggplant, bell pepper, tomato and yellow squash. All of these vegetables have a natural sheen to their outer skin so the glaze makes them look more realistic as well as dimensional. I also used a little bit of Stickles on the tiny fairy wings to draw attention to them.

I'm not going to list all of the products I used in creating this card but if you have any questions, please feel free to include them in a comment and I will be more than happy to respond. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I have 6 cards and two layouts to make this weekend so I'll be plenty busy with the crafting.  Look for these new projects to be posted here during the coming week. Until then...

Happy crafting!


  1. Wow, Anne! The coloring is FANTASTIC!! Just gorgeous!

  2. Aww this is stunning Anniebee.. fantastic colours, so bright and the glaze I love that. Happy weekend xxx

  3. Gorgeous as always! I sat and studied the photos like I always do with your "awesomely colored" projects before I read the post and I could not for the life of me figure out how you colored the veggies to make them look so 'unusual' (I can't think of a better word right now,) I finally read the post about the diamond glaze- now it makes perfect sense. Can't wait to see the others you talked about.

  4. hi annibee! thanks for visiting my blog during starla's hop. I'm now following YOU!

    P.S. your coloring is phenomenal!


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