I think - I hope - I might be back. I created a Birthday card and managed that without a looming deadline. If I am, I owe it to two dear friends.
One is my ex hubby, who unexpectedly decided that it's time the kids learn the Internet Basics. He got them two Chromebooks for Easter (to be given by the whole family) and asked me to try them out and get familiar with them. So I used the opportunity to read a lot of blog posts I missed lately, during my crafty low.
I must say, I really like how fast and lightweight the Chromebook is. And the fact that I can read in bed or on the couch where it's comfy. The girls will love them - and I will have to beg them to lend one to me. Hope they are not as strict about them, as I am about TV and computer games...
I can well imagine them telling me, that after a whole workday screen time, I really needn't spend any more time in front of a monitor.
The other person is a friend I met in my girls' playgroup. She asked me to help her with preparations for her daughter's birthday party. So we'll spend a happy craft night next Tuesday and I am REALLY looking forward to that. And I already created the Birthday card.
The theme of the party will be Frozen, so I wanted to create a matching card. I also wanted to try the no line technique a bit more. So far I haven't had much success with that.
I printed Elsa from the Internet and copied the lines with a light Tombow marker onto watercolor paper. Then I water colored her in with my Inktense pencils.
I admit, I am not entirely happy. The lines were still too dark and didn't disappear fully. Especially at the hair. I also thought the hair was too blond, I would have liked it lighter. I added a lot of white gel pen lines to lighten it, but that didn't work as well as I hoped.
But I am still ok with the completed image, and I think Bianca will be quite happy with it.
After the piece had dried, I cut it out, added some black lines to define the eyes and some Wink of Stella on the dress and the eye shadow. I also added silver pearl pen dots to the dress.
Then I dry embossed the card front with a snowflake embossing folder and sponged on some soft pool ink to emphasize the snowflakes and create a halo around the image, which I adhered with foam tape. Then I added a few random sequins in blues and teals.
I picked a blue envelope, die cut the white letters for the name and adhered them to the front. As an afterthought I decided to use some more Wink of Stella on them and stamp a few snowflakes with white pigment ink.
As I often do with cards that feature cartoon heroes, I didn't use a sentiment, but let Elsa take center stage.
I hope you all have a brilliant day
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