Hello Crafty Friends!
What a fantastic day to end the week.... more GORJUSSness!! Today Lolly colours the Little Fishes Gorjuss girl. And have a look at what she does to bring the water to life... SO clever!
When I saw this Gorjuss girl stamp in the September kit, I knew I had to color her with Copic markers!
It's a bit intimidating coloring these stamps, because the photos are already so perfect! How can my work compare? It's a nail-biting experience, but worth it! I took my time and colored her all in one sitting.
You can see my notes in the margins above. I was trying to keep track of the markers I used in the process, and sometimes I tested the values of similar colors. Once I was done, I decided to frame her (thanks, Vera, for the idea), but I knew that I wanted a little something more for the water around her feet, so why not use acetate? It would be difficult to cut the acetate the perfect shape, so I got out my light pad and traced the top margin of the water onto a sheet of printer paper. Once I had that done, I lined up a sheet of acetate over that and taped it in place so that I could use the printer paper tracing as a guide to cut the acetate.
It worked well! The acetate fits perfectly around the margins of the rock and her legs!
The overall image is rather large, so I needed a frame with an opening about 5.25" X 6" and didn't have any metal dies that size. So I went to my Silhouette Design Studio to make a frame. I ended up making a double frame, sort of like a photo mat, with the inner frame peeking through. I wanted to see if I would like the dimensions, so I put the photo of my project into my SDS work area and created a mock-up of what the finished framed piece could look like:
I loved it sooo much, so I found the card stock I wanted to use: solid black for the bottom layer, and a polka dot from Bo Bunny for the top.
I used Scotch Tacky glue to adhere the two.
Then I used my ATC to adhere the frame to the picture -- I knew liquid glue would not work over the acetate. Once I did that, I had to cover the back, so I cut a back panel on the Cameo to match the exact dimensions.
Then on the front, I added tiny red rick rack (with FabriTac) and a sentiment (with Glossy Accents) that I die cut from black foam. The foam really makes letters pop!
Can you "SEA" how the acetate makes that water come alive?
One day I might actually film the process of Copic coloring, but I'm a newbie, and there are many excellent Copic colorers on YouTube where we can learn techniques.
I squealed when I saw this stamp in the kit, and I know you will squeal, too, so hurry up and grab one HERE.
If you are a Copic colorer and want to know which Sketch markers I used, I have compiled a list:
FISH: YG11, G12, G000
SEAWEED: G99, G94, YG67
RED DRESS: R24, R29, R39
WATER: BG11, BG0000
HAIR: C4, C5, C7
BLUE DRESS: B14, B37, B41
ROCK: E70, E74, E79
SKIN: E000, E00, E21, R20 (blush)