Well, I don't know what started me on that little dissertation but I guess I'm over it for the time being. I have another card for you today that was created with another of Rick St. Dennis' wonderful digis. This one is called Esmerelda, the Fortune Teller. As I said before, I love all the detail Rick puts into his drawings. I just visited his Etsy shop again and he has several new designs that I had not seen before that I must have! But for the time being, I'll be content coloring the ones I already have.
Just look at all the glorious folds and ruffles of Esmerelda's clothing! Oh, my gosh! I was in heaven coloring this beautiful lady. I used a number of colors but chose to accent the purples and red violet tones the most with the yellows,greens and blues secondary.
I used my metallic gold Jelly Roll pen to create all the gold details of the fringe and her jewelry. There's a little bit of a glare on the above shot but I posted it anyway to show the shimmer of the gold ink.
All of the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the cute yellow heart-shaped buttons were won in a blog candy from my awesome crafty friend, Vicki of Stamp Smiles. The die cuts were made with Spellbinders dies.
The paper, ribbon and braided trim came from my stash where they have been for a couple of years. Some of my very special papers that I purchase in single sheets are saved for very special projects. This is one such project. The paper just coordinated perfectly with the colors I used. I always color my images first and then find the papers and embellies to go with them instead of the other way around unless I have a specific color scheme I must use for a design team project.
Each image speaks to me differently, dictating the look I want to achieve and that's why I do it this way. Occasionally, I color an image and then have trouble finding the perfect papers to match but that happens only rarely. I don't know if I know my paper collection so well that I subconsciously color the images with a specific piece in mind or if it's just happenstance that it works out.
Above is a close up of Esmerelda.
Here's the inside of the card. I decided not to decorate both sides this time, mainly because I only had one sheet of the beautiful paper and there wasn't enough to cover the other side. I may use a different paper and just cut a decorative strip of this paper to pull it all together. I'm not sure yet.
I am entering this card in the following challenges/linky parties:
Wild Orchid Challenge - #69 Anything Goes
I'll be back soon with a Valentine card sporting another of Ricks designs. Sunday is the start of another new challenge at Kenny K's as well so I'll be posting my inspirational project for that too. There's still time to enter the current challenge for which the theme is a sketch. The winner gets 5 of Kenny's digis of their choice and our super DT Leader, Susie Little is also sponsoring with some crafty goodies! Get those projects entered by Saturday night for a chance to win. I hope the rest of your week is fabulous and crafty. Until next time....