Saturday, February 6, 2010

Midnight Waiting redux: a skin tone comparison

I was chatting over on the Sweet Pea Stamps group on PCP tonight, and coloring ethnic skin came up. Now I happen to have your traditional Irish coloring (translation: I'm white as a ghost) so as you might imagine, most of the people I color tend to be on the pale side. LOL. My hubby is conked out on the couch with a wicked headache, so since my Friday night plans are effectively out the window, I decided to spend my free time experimenting with a new color combination for skin tone. What do you think?

Yes, I know, I used Midnight Waiting by Sweet Pea Stamps on my last project, but a) I like the image, and b) I thought it would be interesting to do a color comparison.

Midnight Waiting was stamped with Memento ink, and colored with copic markers. When the ink was dry, I used my copic multiliner pen to extend the tree branches a bit. Once I had the card together, I decided it needed that little something extra, so I stamped another copy of the butterfly hair piece, colored it and cut it out. I carefully folded the base and attached it with two-way glue, and then used a glue dot to pop up the wing for a 3D effect. I then used Stardust Stickles & a Sakura Stardust gel pen (can you tell these are my go-to glitters?) to add some bling to her wings and jewelry.

I used a simple card layout again to keep the focus on the image. This layout was completely CASE'd from an adorable card (scroll to bottom of post) by Kittie at Kittie Krafts. Kittie excels at simple but gorgeous cards, so go give her blog a gander if you are looking for some ideas. You won't be disappointed.

I've had some questions on how I do my background, so look for a tutorial in the next couple of days.

Copic markers used:


Challenges entered with this card:
Cute Card Thursday - spots and dots (my background is both)
Dutch Dare - summer
Copic Color Challenge (loving those browns!)
Sweet Stampin - scallops

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!


Kim said...

Melissa that is amazing!!! I love your ethnic skin! Can I ask what combo you used for her skin? She's beautiful! And that background is gorgeous as well! Can't wait to see another amazing tutorial from you hun!
Big Hugs~

Micki said...

I like it..... the skin tone and of course the card is awesome.

Now, when I 'extend' branches, everyone can tell I did. I did a triple take on your card..... I would have never guessed that you extended it. :-)

Shazza said...

absolutely stunning colouring, I love the warmer skin tone and that image is beautiful, must go have a look at Sweet Pea stamps

Anonymous said...

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Rene said...

I like your skin tone a lot! Very dramatic.

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Cher said...

love your skin tone sample,I also like your background,very pretty card.

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