Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ballgown in the Parisianne Style... for Rick St, Dennis

Good afternoon, everybody! This is my second post for today so if you're looking for my Kenny K challenge card, please scroll down to the next post.

I had the very special honor of being personally invited by Rick St. Dennis, one of my favorite illustrators, to be a guest designer for his blog, Sparkle and Glitter.  I really love the intricacy and level of detail of Rick's designs and even though coloring them in smaller sizes can be a bit of a challenge, it's the kind of challenge I adore. If you're a regular follower, you have undoubtedly seen several of his digis on my cards over the past few months. If you have never attempted one of his digis, you really should. They take a little longer to color because of the fine details but they are well worth the effort!

The image I used for this project is the brand new, never seen "Ballgown in the Parisianne Style". She was so much fun to color, especially the 8.5" x 11" version in green. Rick wanted to know what kind of markers I used and how I achieve a 3-dimensional effect with my coloring and this is what I told him. I use Copics on X-Press It Blending Card, starting with the lightest shade and layering on the darker ones in progression until I achieve the density of color I want. I use a lot of ink because I use so many different colors to get that density but I like the results I get. I use B60 for shadowing when I don't want the effect the grays and browns provide and I use E95 and sometimes V000 for shadowing on the human form as well as a white Jelly Roll pen smudged with my fingertips to bring out the prominent highlights. So there... you have all my secrets now! LOL!

So without further ado, here is the gorgeous Ballgown in all her resplendent glory. 

Above is the larger version. Below is the 6"x 6" card I made with her, dressed in rich, royal purple.

Soon I'll have more projects using Rick's incredible artwork as I was selected as one of the Top 3 in the last 2 challenges on Sparkle and Glitter and the prize was 3 digis for each win so I have several of his designs to color now! Needless to say, I'm in hog heaven. Visit Rick's Etsy shop to purchase his digis.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Red Carpet Studio - #32 Hollywood Noir
Catch the Bug - #135 Sketch
Our Creative Corner - Fashion and Style
Crafting For All Seasons - #49 Floral Delight

That's all I have for now but check back soon for more projects using Rick's fabulous digis. Have a wonderful week, hug your children and your pets and do something creative!

Happy crafting!


  1. Gorgeous card Annie, love the beautiful design and details. Amazing colouring!

    Donna x

  2. Stunning coloring on both, Anne! You really brought the image to life with your color layering and detailing!

  3. Hi this is so stunning and i am so glad that he found you you should be on his team for sure. Just love your creations

  4. beautifully coloured and I love your card

  5. Your colouring is just stunning, I love the green version, the shades you achieved with the purples makes me drool! Joey x

  6. This is amazing Anne! I love your coloring style, so rich and vibrant. Thanks so much for being one of our guest designers at Sparkle and Glitter! Hope to see you again!

  7. Beautiful! You did our sketch proud. Thanks for playing in the Bugaboo Challenge.

  8. your colouring is absolutely adorable!!

  9. My Goodness! Your coloring is eye popping jaw dropping lol. Love, love it. she looks almost a live. Thank you for being our GDT at Sparkle and Glitter.
    Hugs Nataliya

  10. Awesome Anne. Your card is just perfect for our Vintage challenge. Thanks for joining us at Red Carpet Studio


  11. Congratulations, Annie!!! Well-deserved, for sure! :^)
    You did a fabulous job of coloring both of these! Just fabulous! Love the card, too, with the luscious purples, the pretty papers & die cuts & embellies & great design! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  12. Hi Annie, guess where I'm going after finishing this comment? I LOVE what you have done here, I love the detail in these digis, I think that's partly why I love MIC images too as they always have great details in them. I love your colouring and thank you for the inspiration, I use a white jelly roll but have never used my finger! what is it that you do with your finger exactly? I am very curious indeed.
    Hope you are well,
    take care

  13. This is a stunning card, such a gorgeous image.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.

  14. Beautiful vintage card!!
    Thanks for joining us at Red Carpet Studio!
    Hugs xx ♥ Sandra ♥

  15. Your coloring is just awesome and I took like the details that Rick adds to his digis. Thank you for taking time to visit and play along with us at Mema's Crafts. Good Luck in the draw and the blog giveaway.


  16. Stunning design and gorgeous card! Beautiful colors. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing with us at OCC this week.

  17. Gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us at Red Carpet Studio.

  18. OMG Your colouring is Amazing! Stunning Card with an Awesome Image!


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