Friday, June 8, 2012

It's Kenny K Day at Anniebee's Craft Room

Hello, Kenny K fans and all my crafty friends!

I have decided to have a special day dedicated to the fabulous artwork of one of my favorite illustrators, Kenny K.  You are most likely familiar with his work or at the very least have been exposed to it at some point if you spend much time on the Internet and especially so if you're a paper crafter.

I have a total of 6 cards that I will show you featuring his digital stamps.  Each one was hand-colored by yours truly using Copic markers.  I just love his bold designs.  They are somewhat stylized similar to caricatures, yet they have a large amount of detail for that style of drawing.

I will tell you the name of each digi with each section of photos.  I don't have time or energy to list all the marker colors I used.  I would probably still be writing this time next week if I were to attempt to do that!  I use a very large number of colors on each image I color to achieve the depth of color and contrast.  This is why I usually don't list the markers in my blog posts.  If you have any questions as to how a particular effect was achieved, feel free to leave me a comment and I will do my best to explain.

Now, before we begin, I urge you to grab a cup of coffee or some other libation because this post will be long and heavily laden with photos.  Ready?  Okay, here we go!  Click on the individual pictures to enlarge them.

First we have "Cheyenne", one of Kenny's pin-up girls.  This girl is near and dear to my heart... first because she's a cowgirl (I'm Texas born and bred!) and second because in my younger years, I drew a comic strip that had a similar "lady" as it's main character!! It was rather risque in nature so I would never display it here but I don't know what happened to those sketches so it really doesn't matter, does it? LOL! I made this card for a former co-worker who was leaving the company.  His departure led to the closing of the office part of the branch I worked in and soon after to my being laid off.  That sucked but I like how the card turned out and the recipient loved it!  He's a native Texan too.

Next up is the star of the team.  This digi is called very simply, "Football".  Since my grandson plays, I had to have this digi for his birthday card and layout.  This one is not colored in my grandson's team colors but I think it turned out pretty cool.

Next is "Cool Trucker"... isn't he though?? LOL! I hope my son doesn't see this because I made this Father's Day card for him.  He's into off-road 4 wheelin' so I thought this a fitting way to thank him for my wonderful grandkids.  This one presented a bit of a challenge for me.  I had never colored a vehicle before but it was so much fun that I discovered I want to do more.

And now there's the sexy but adorable "Troublemaker".  This was actually the first Kenny K digi I ever colored and I just love her!  She reminds me of my 17 year old granddaughter, in appearance and in attitude! Hee hee!

I entered this card in the following challenges:

Oozak #3 - 2 Patterned Papers and Embellies

Up now is "Dirt Bike Mike"! This dude just screams EXTREME, doesn't he?  He looks like a fiend who really eats, breathes and lives his sport!  I have several friends and acquaintances who race dirt bikes and I made this card in their honor.  

And last but certainly not least is "Carmen Electrifying" with her friend "Heidi Hot Rod".  These two babes are sizzlers, aren't they?  Awesome for the biker or auto racing fan on your card list.  That's Carmen on the front and Heidi on the inside but I thought they looked enough alike that I could use them both on the same card.

Now, I guess you're wondering why the heck I decided to post all these cards at one time instead of singly.  Well, the answer to that question is quite simple.  I have decided to apply for a position on Kenny K's design team.  He has an open call right now and when I found out about it, I decided that it would be fun to color more of his awesome designs to inspire other coloring fanatics like me to try something a little different, if they aren't already hooked on Mr. K's digis.  It would be HUGE to be selected but there is some really stiff competition out there.  

Well, what do you think?  Now you know what I have been working on these past couple of months.  Well, some of it, anyway.  That's right... there's more to come!   As always, your comments are welcomed and appreciated.  

I may enter some of these cards in various challenges if I can find some suitable ones, but that is yet to be determined.  My main objective with this post was to put all my Kenny K in one place for my DT application.  Wish me luck!

And until next time...

Happy crafting!


  1. All of your cards are STUNNING!FABULOUS And so much FUN!!!I have not seen cards like this before....Absolutely AMAZING!!!I will keep my fingers crossed and say a LIL prayer for you...My favorite is the Football.My boyfriend loves "Football".TFS

  2. Wow! What a collection of cards, Anne! You did a fantastic job with the coloring and designs! Good luck with the DT call! I am sure they will be very impressed with your application!

  3. All of the images are colored perfectly, and every one of these cards is fabulous in its own way! Good luck! They should be happy to see you!

  4. Oh Anne..,your a shoe in for sure...i love all of them, i didn't now you had a naughty side to you...colouring is exceptional...way to go...luck is on the way...

  5. FABULOUS CARDS, ANNE!! Beautifully colored and I'm loving all the details! Your color choices set the cards off beautifully! My fave is Dirt Bike Mike, being the Motocross Mom that I am, and I love, love, love little Miss Troublemaker - you are bringing her to life with your crafty touch. Can't wait to see what you come up with next! :)

  6. OMG what a fantastic lineup! Love all of them...your coloring is out of this world!

    Welcome to the Kenny K Krafty Crew:0)


  7. Great job on all your cards! Thanks for inspiring us over at Oozak!

  8. Troublemaker is phenomenal. I SO wish you'd listed THOSE colors because I must say I'd love the steal that combination. They're so wonderful.


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