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Tea & Coffee Clear Stamp Set (sneak peek), Kitchen Classics Clear Stamp Set by Crafty Secrets; Brilliance Ink in Graphite Black; Versamagic Ink in Red Magic and Sea Breeze; Alcohol Based Markers by Copic; 1 1/4 and 1 3/8" Circle Punches; Aqua Grosgrain by Strano Designs; Red Ric Rac and Gingham by May Arts; Stickles Glitter Glue in Red by Ranger

I didn’t fight, and didn’t force.  I just let the muse take me where she wanted to go with this!  *chuckle*  Evidently, she wanted to flash back to the 1950′s!

The background is deliberately done in paler tones of chalk ink, so as not to compete with our Diva focal, and the glitterfied cherries.  I had to mount the cherries to a black circle to "ground" them, or they’d get washed out and disappear into the design.  The red dots were stamped with a brand new pencil eraser, always so handy to have around!

I’ve been experimenting with some Copic markers I recently got my hands on, and, when I turned to my good buddy Ellen to ask what ink she liked using, she said she found that heat set Brilliance had performed the best for her.  So, I tried it.  I think she’s on to something, as I was highly pleased with the results!

Blending colors is what I’m focusing on with this design, and trying to achieve a realistic skin tone on the Diva, combined with a little "blush" on her cheeks.  I think I’ve found the right combination to achieve this.  I actually had to work in reverse of what I’m normally accustomed to doing!  I usually lay down lighter color first, and then darker, when working with waterbased markers.  But, in this case, in order to successfully blend out the blush on her cheeks, I had to start with a darker pink there, and then go right over it with the skin tone marker, blending out the edges to achieve a realistic hint of color there along her cheek bone.



It’s hard to see, but IRL, I accented white areas of her collar and even her hair, with a very pale blue marker.  This makes the white areas "pop" even more.

On her lips, I started with lipstick red, and then came back in with a paler pink marker to "soften" it.  The lighter color alcohol based marker can cause the darker one to "disperse" and blend out.  Very cool.  Must continue to experiment with this.

There’s something about the combination of aqua, red and black that really conveys "retro".  I just love it!

Well, we’re off to the ortho-surgeon today; hoping to get his approval on her progress so she can register for basketball camp, a month away! She’s been working hard at her PT, and her therapist says she’s well ahead of schedule in her rehab, so keep your fingers crossed that she’ll be cleared to go play ball!

  1. Very cool! Great tips Julie! :D

  2. Thanks for the tips on using the Copics. I just bought this stamp set and have been playing with my Copics. Sometimes I have trouble with the ink drying before I have time to blend…then the color doesn’t budge! I am totally loving this card!

  3. Julie, I love this card! The coloring is flawless. I would love to hear your comments on how the Copics compare to your Prismacolor Markers.
    I hope all goes well with the Doctor!

  4. Your coloring is looking G…O…O…D! Love her blue eye shadow.

  5. Crossing fingers for the medical clearance!

    Great job on the blending! I can even see the blue eyeshadow. Enjoying the great recipes.

  6. The blush on her cheeks is perfect. It makes me wonder about what she could possibly be thinking to make her blush so sweetly.

  7. Your DIVA is WICKED :) The image looks as if you cut & pasted it from a 1950′s magazine… love it!

  8. This card rocks, love the retro

  9. Love this!!! I have already tried to order this set. I have a retro cookbook project planned for my SIL’s Grandmother’s handwritten recipes and this set just fits the bill!!!

  10. Too cute!! I just might have to get me some of these ladies, because I can’t get enough of them!

    Good luck at the doctor!

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