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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Club Anime December Color Challenge #4

Today's color challenge over at Club Anime is right on holiday cue! Maybe you've got some last minute cards to make and dragging to get them done. Well come and play with us over at Club Anime with our color challenge, we would love it if you did.
Red   *   Green   *   Brown

My card for the challenge started with sketch sk120509 at Paper Craft Planet and is using a couple of cheerful sledders named Leang and Sei, available at InStyle Stamps (remember you can get a 5% discount on your order if you use the link in my sidebar). A quick pass through my Cuttlebug with embossing plates Swiss Dots (on red) and Snow Dots (on green) and a button bow made with Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon, Kaisercraft lime green button and DMC brown floss. 

The image was colored with, you guessed it, Prismacolor markers. I tried something different with my coloring technique on this one. I'll start by telling you that the beauty of illustration markers is that they blend so well on top of eachother, but this time I only used two shades of colors for each color and tried NOT to blend them. I used the lighter color first and went throughout the area evenly and then went back with the darker color and did a bold shadow area. The result is less time over coloring and more time assembling the card! Gotta like that this time of year. I'm not sure this technique has a name, but I did it as a study in a college art class for graphic design. I vaguely remember that we used prismacolor pencils and a traced magazine ad to practice defining the lines between an image and its shadows. We called it cell-shading.

Here's a close-up of the image. I need a little more practice at this technique. It's harder to imagine where the shadows should be than in my college class where they were already there we just had to make them more pronounced. LOL

Have a great Saturday!

Stamps: InStyle Stamps Leang and Sei, Verve Snow Wonderful
Paper: White, Real Red, Garden Green, LSS lime green, red and burgundy
Ink: LaserJet Printer, Chocolate Chip, Prismacolor Markers
Accessories: SU Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Kaisercraft Lime Green button, DMC Floss, Cuttlebug Snow Dots and Swiss Dots

For those wanting to know what color I used on a certain area of the image, these details are for you. (The number after the marker color is its corresponding PM #.)

Prismacolor Details: Boy: Hair - Yellow Ochre 18 and Goldenrod 69, Skin - Pale Peach 207 and Cinnamon Toast 201, Eyes - Deco Blue 134, Shirt - Apple Green 167 and Grass Green 165. Girl: Hair - Light Tan 95 and Sienna Brown 65, Eyes - Light Walnut 89, Shirt - Raspberry 151 and Mahogany Red 150, Scarf - Apple Green 167 and Grass Green 165. Both: Mouth - Ballet Pink 208 and Clay Rose 137, Pants - Light Walnut 89 and Walnut 90. Sled - Cool Grey 30% 110 and 70% 114. Snow - Brick White 79.


  1. Great coloring! Your card turned out adorable :) PS, "Joy" is a sentiment from a Stampendous set...I have terrible handwriting!

  2. Love your coloring technique! great card!

    Shanna :)

  3. Hi Janelle, It's been a while since I have been here.. I must say that you have been busy!! Love all of your works of art!!
    Have a happy holiday seaso sweetie. I bet it's cold up your way.
    hugs, Janiel

  4. Fab card Janelle and super colouring!
    Lana x

  5. Love it Janelle! Gorgeous layout.


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