Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Papertake Weekly - Ribbons and Pearls

Happy Tuesday everyone! I can't believe the beautiful weather we are having out here! It reached 69 deg on Saturday, and it was in the mid 60's today! It feels like it's April instead of January! I'm not complaining, mind you, but I probably will be on Wednesday when we're back down in the 40's! LOL!

It's time for a new challenge from Papertake Weekly, and this week the challenge is ribbons and pearls. So please use one or both on your new project. We have a brand new sponsor this week, The Paper Shelter. And oh my gosh, what adorable images!!  They were very generous and gave the design team some images to play with!! I chose this "too cute for words" Pepe L'Souris in love. I think this is the cutest, sweetest image!!! Such expression!! I adore the look on his little face and his stance too!


The papers I used are from Nitwit Collection Luv Bugs, and the cardstock is Bazzill. I used heart Nestabilities and added some machine stitching. I thought faux stitching would make Pepe stand out a little more, so I did that instead of machine stitching around him. I colored him with Copic warm grays, and then I used R30, R32 and R35 for the pinky reds. I used E000 to fade to white around Pepe. To fade to white, take your blender pen and apply the solution to your paper around part of your image.  Don't go right up against your image, leave about 1/8" space between your image and where you wet your paper with blender solution. Make sure you can tell that your paper is wet with it. While the paper is still wet with blender pen, take your shadow color and from the edge of your image out, flick your shadow color out and away from your image.  What will happen is your blender solution will draw the color out and your shadow color will fade away to white. I love this technique and use it constantly! Remember, practice, practice, practice. And I've definitely found that the lighter colors work the best with this technique.


Please be sure and visit Papertake Weekly to see the fabulous creations from my very talented DT sisters! Then we would love it if you'd grab your paper and glue and join in the challenge with us! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again tomorrow for another adorable "cute couples" card made with an image from Peggy Loves Vintage! Have a wonderful day! HUGS!

27 comments :

Tracey said...

What a fabulous card Sharon! I love that big yummy bow!! xx

Віра said...

Ух-ти! Яка гарненька листівка.Мені дуже подобається :)

Lillian said...

Definitely a cute image, Sharon, and adorable for valentine's - just not sure if he's sharing chocolate or cheese -- mmm, maybe it's chocolate cheese !! Going to have to check this company out for sure - cute beyond words . . .

Sheri said...

This little guy is adorable! I have to check out this company and hope I have time to play again. Going to be a busy week so not sure but...

DeeDee said...

What an adorable image and of course you've done him proud by coloring him perfectly! Thanks for the shading tip. I'm gonna try that! Have a lovely day girlie! HUGS!

Christina C. said...

Sharon, this is priceless....sooooo adorable!!!!

CelticWoman said...

well that image is just too stinkin cute, then you add the Sharon touches and it becomes a work of art. Gorgeous. Hugs

Janie Printz said...

Hi Sharon, CelticWoman hit couldn't have put it any better. You truly do have a wonderful way with an image & your Copics. I just LOVE this little cutie !!! His expression with those teeth is priceless... Thanks for the great tip on coloring ... I'll give that a try ...
Hugs, Janie

Barb Hardeman said...

How come you never run out of the coolest ideas for your cards? This is so adorable, and your signature bow is beautiful! The image is adorable and so well colored, but the hearts and paper should be awarded the best supporting embellishments in their field. Fabulous card my friend,
Hugs,
Barb

*Vicki* said...

Hi Sharon!! :) Oh this is just a dream sweetie!! Your coloring is awesome and the hearts and layout are just darling!! HUGS

Janiel/ janny said...

OH this image is adorable and the card is soooooooo CUTE with it on there!!! Love the colors and your design. BEAUIFUL, FUN card dear..
hugs, Janiel

xxxtglxxx said...

Hi Sharon :) Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and your lovely comments.

I love your blog, great inspirational cards, and this one is so cute and gorgeous! Great bow, fab colouring and just perfect. I am now following

hugs

xxalisonxx

charlene said...

Cute cute cute ! Love everything about this little guy ! Thanks for that tip on the shadow may give this a try !
Have a good one
Hugs♥

Shazza said...

gorgeous card, thanks for the fade to white tip, I will give it a try
x

Candy said...

Oh Sharon,
What a perfect little image. He is a doll.
Many thanks for teaching me how to do a fade out shadow technique around my images. Fabulous help!!
Love your card - papers and bow as well :o)
Hugs, Candy

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Pepe is cute as can be, Sharon! What a fun card! Love it! Love that pretty bow & your faux stitching too (my sewing machine & I do not get along so I'm all about the 'faux'....LOL).

And most of all....THANK YOU so much for the Copic faded background technique. I'm sure going to give that a try. Looks so pretty!

Happy Huggies (& can you believe it was 86° here yesterday? Wow!)
Luv ya, GF
Sharron♥

Sandy said...

Hey!!! I've got mice and so far they have not brought me any flowers much less cookies! Cute valentine Sharon. Sandy Dehon

Renkata said...

Wow so sweet and cute.
Love the layout and the hearts.

PeggyLovesVintage said...

Wow... I sure hope that weather makes it our way! I'm totally jealous! Pepe is awesome and thanks for the shadow tip. I love the little plaid hearts!

Sue from Oregon said...

OH MY GOSH!!! This is just the cutest image and a darling card! I can see why you picked this one!

Melodie said...

Gorgeous card, the mouse is really cute.
Hugs
Melodie

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Sharon :-) I love this image ,, sooo cute !! aww :-) the papers and colours are perfect and the bow is just THE perfect finishing touch :-)

Luv
Lols x x x

DonnaMundinger said...

OOOh, that image is just precious and I love your layout, Sharon. xxD

Leslie Avila said...

This card is too cute. The mouse is adorable and colored to the tee. DO you tie your bows by hand? That is the most perfect tied bow. Cute cute cute!
Blessings to you from Georgetown,
Leslie

Kelly said...

I love these little guys, they have that look on their face of mischief. Your coloring with copics is so professional, I am practicing like you say but not working yet. I love the cards and the DP choices you put with.

maddy hill said...

what a cutie and your bow is lush !

Lisa aka Myran said...

This card is so pretty Sharon! And that bow, it's perfect!!
Lisa xxx