Wednesday, April 15, 2009

HHC26 If only…pirate

Aw man, I would have thought this totally rocked if only……I had put that pesky pirate right in the middle instead of off to the side. I tried to re-balance with the pile of gold but it still isn’t quite right. I’m sending this to my 5yo nephew so I don’t think he’ll mind at all! I used paper piercing in the corners, the map corners, and on the sentiment tabs to qualify for the High Hopes Challenge 26.

The floor, walls, and porthole are hand drawn. I punched some circles and traced around them to make the porthole. I colored a piece with my Copics to make the ocean/sky view thru the porthole. I'm crazy over this porthole so you'll be seeing this again I'm sure!

I used my digi wood floor to help me draw this floor (and yes, I'm still working on releasing that...major progress this week so stay tuned!). To color the walls and floor, I shaded to the left and below all the lines with my Prismacolor Dark Brown pencil and blended with Goo Gone. Then I also went thru and kinda scribbled in a wood grain with that same pencil WITHOUT blending. I love how it turned out.

The map was colored just a bit with Prismas. Then I tore it and crinkled it up a bunch. Finally I drug my Old Paper ink pad across it. The "gold" is cut from the treasure chest image. Here is how I colored the pirate.

Stamps: High Hopes On Guard Oberto, High Hopes Treasure Map, High Hopes Treasure Chest, High Hopes Landlubber
Paper: Creamy Caramel, GP 110, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Old Paper Distress Ink
Accessories: Copics, Prismacolor pencils and Goo Gone, fine black marker, glitter pens, paper piercer

Michelle B.
“Queen of the Scene”


Jocelyn in Oz aka JoBear2 on SCS said...

Hi Michelle,
I do so love looking at my Inbox to see if you have posted something on your Blog. I think the card is balanced really well (us cardmakers are so hard on ourselves!), and I'm sure the recipient will ADORE it! Love the tip about the unmounted stamps storage too - I am going to do the same with my UM stamps. Thanks for the tip!

Tammy said...

Hi Michelle
Wowsa! This is perfect. I can smell the damp wet wood of the boat from here. Love how you used your digi floor! Great Job!

Lisa Foster said...

Michelle...I don't even know what to say....this is the most perfect picture I have ever seen! Completely, 100 percent PERFECT!!! There is not one element in the whole thing that I don't find fasinating and completely amazing!

Joy said...

i love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Crissy Armstrong said...

This is amazingly gorgeous girl! And from another artist's standpoint, I much prefer how you have him, off center, rather than smack dab in the middle. It is more interesting to look at, as our eyes float around the card. Its gorgeously laid out, and I love your floor and walls too!

Sally Cicada's Designs said...

Great card, lovely colouring and design...I especially like the porthole!

Robbie ... said...

This is absolutely adorable!! The shading is outstanding!

Amy said...

No, no, no! I don't think it needs to be in the middle at all! I think it looks really well balanced... in my eyes it is PERFECT!