Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Phew Number 2 done!

Right one of the mad English women here, taking over the blog. Now I'm the chatty one, so I'll hold on while you go and get a nice cup of tea and a few bicies!

Ready? Then I'll begin.
T'was the Night before Christmas, and Santa had a problem!!

 So this is the tale of Eleanor and Pickles Magical Christmas Flight.
Now this has taken a few days to do! Remember I am the one who is working with A4 images, which is the beauty of Digi's you can make them whatever size you want. But it does mean that there's a lot to do, and mistakes are more visible!

So firstly it's quite a daunting image to work with in A4! There's a LOT of night sky to be done. My first issue was considering how to do it!
Okay so good think later, had an idea, so now to tackle the colouring of Eleanor!
I'm something of a traditionalist! I happen to like the Green and Purple versions of Christmas colours, as opposed to the soft drinks company version! So that was the colour scheme I went with. This time I have done a better Job on the hair colouring, dark for me as Grand daughter is dark haired, getting there slowly, and trying to convey a sense of dimension to the Sleigh was the  challenge!
In the end I used the whole of the spectrum of True Blues my choice of pens offered in order to do the sky, working with the lightest out to the darkest, and then trying to blend the colours.
So a finished coloured image.............okay NOW what do I do with it? Stickles out, and do the holly, Cosmic Shimmer red berries dimensional glue for the berries, and nose. Gems on her glasses, which is going to be a continuing theme for me, and then decide..............glitter or fluffy stuff for the snow on the rooves. (And before everyone goes nuts, Rooves was the accepted version of the plural of roof, when I was at school,  and if you check in the oxford dictionary, British and world English, Rooves is an accepted plural!)
So Fluffy Stuff! Unfortunately Fluffy Stuff isnt glittery! but very dimensional and tactile once heated and expanded. So now I needed to get some glimmer into the base image.........Rangers pearlescent paint! tiny dots daubed all over the background, and in real life they seem to fade into the background, and suddenly catch the light bringing them to the fore, last step was to use some Crystal Accents for the windows glasses and Pickles eyes, bless him!
So now to mount the image, now I was going down the route of Shadow boxes, but I changed my mind at the last minute, and decided on a hanging card.
So Matted and layered onto some silver mirri, then onto the base of untrimmed A4 navy Pearlescent cardstock, some Crushed silk ribbon for the handle,  now theres some space round the sides........................Okay, some rub on shapes that are still sticky when you peel back, hah! so now some careful glittering! and I like it,
Dont forget the only Official Place to get hold of these images is directly from the lovely Heather, anywhere else isnt licensed to sell them!

Hope you do too, have fun,



  1. Sweet!!! It's so funny too, that you said bicies! I'm from Newfoundland and bickies is a regular word used here!!! I can remember asking mom if I could have a bickie for a snack! So cool, huh!

  2. Fab stuff Lou! Certainly looks like you're getting the hang of the Speccies...the sleigh looks fab! Poor little Pickles, though, looks like he's being throttled, lol.

    Roofs...rooves...both look so wrong to me, but I was brought up with rooves as well. Still doesn't look right, though.

  3. Lou! I love it! Fantastic job. WOW! ( And I love the purple sleigh;)


  4. I love this the image is so cute and is coloured so beautifully. Caroline xxx

  5. Talk about the chatty one that is an understatement!!!! I have had 2 drinks while reading this!!! Wonderful dialogue as always Lou and fantastic piece of artwork my friend.

    Linda xxx