Thursday, February 16, 2012

Spring bling

Hi!  Okay, so I cheated on my stamp diet.  I know, I'm so weak especially when there are so many cute stamps on my wish list.  I bought my first Wryn and actually my first ever Tiddly Inks stamp.  Wryn is so adorable that even though I'm not such a big fan of digis, I had to get at least one.  So  I decided to get Spring Bling cause I thought she would be a very versatile image great for any special occasion.  I have to also thank Christy because she was so quick and friendly when I had problems getting my links to the digis.  Great customer service!

I decided to use the sketch over at Ribbon Carousel Challenge cause sometimes, well, most of the time, I think I'm design challenged.  I really admire folks that can crank out those sketches and create pretty cards.  

I think this Wryn is so adorable!  I'll be entering this also in Tiddly Inks Challenge 80--Sparkle it Up! so I added some rhinestones in the corner and stickles on the flowers.  I bought a whole bunch of these rhinestones in different colors from Walmart.  I think they were only a dollar for 60 in a package.  But now I never see them in stock when I check.  Glad I bought a whole bunch then.

Maybe this is a better view of the stickles on the flowers. 

So the difficult thing I have with digis is just getting them to dry well so the lines don't smear.  I think I had to use my hair dryer on this for about 2 minutes and there was still a tiny smear by her cheek.  (Now everyone's gonna look for it).  I tried to avoid coloring over her eyes cause that I'm sure would've smeared.  And the other thing is, what size do you print your digis out at?  I think I reduced this one to 3x3 inches but I'm never really sure what is a good average size that would work well on a regular card.

Now I'm gonna color some other digis I bought.  Yes, more diet cheating but I promise I didn't go overboard.  Thanks for reading!

19 comments:

Joey said...

Eva this is absolutely beautiful, stunning colouring. Thanks for joining us at Tiddly Inks. Joey xx

Lorraine said...

She's adorable! I can see why you caved in, lol. Love your coloring of her hair and the grass, too! As for digis, once in a while I have a problem with smearing esp if I do heavy blending, but most of the time it's not a problem. and I'm not patient enough to wait a long time for it to try. Maybe your printer ink?

Cheryl said...

Cute card! Wow Eva, awesome coloring! Yeah, I agree, love the grass too. And all the shading of her hair and dress. Yeah, not sure about what's the best for digis. My laser printer works pretty well, but it can't handle the thickness of papertrey ink cardstock, so I have to use the walmart cardstock instead. Haven't tried it on an inkjet.

Creations by Shirl said...

Awesome Eva, you really did a great job with this image...
Quick question - what type of paper are you using.... I couldn't fiqure out why your images smear after printing. I never ever had this problem and have been using digis for a while now.....

Leanne said...

Aw, this is adorable Eva! I love the composition of the Wryn on your card. The colors are terrific too. Gr8 grass and hair.
It sounds like you have an inkjet printer. What I do is once I print it I use my heat embosser to dry the image, then let it set for 30 mins. That seems to help the ink to not smear, but it's not full proof. Especially if you are saturating the paper with ink. This is when you learn how to do light strokes. You could invest in a laser printer. As for size, that's pretty much by experimenting. There are lots of tutorials on the TI site since they are a digi company. Check it out.
BTW, buying digis aren't as high in calories as rubber. lol!
;)

Linda said...

Hey Eva! Love this card - you did a fab job! I especially like the grass! Can't wait to see more!

Rachel Parys said...

Sooooo cuuuuuuuuuuute!! Your coloring is fantastic! I love the grass/flowers that she is sitting on. Such a bright and happy card. Great job!

Stephanie aka Nerdette said...

Sensational colour scheme, reminds me of Spring. Wonderful colouring. Never heard of Ribbon Carousel Challenges, but thanks to you, I now have them book marked.

Thanks for joining the Tiddly Inks Challenge and good luck!

Loopylou. said...

This is gorgeous Eva!!! I love it!!
I usually size my digi's at a height of 3.5"-4". I don't know why, I just like that size for colouring in!!
Thank you for popping in and sharing it with the Tiddly Inkers
hugs Lou xxx

Lou Mac said...

Eva - I can't even see a smudge!! Your colouring is gorgeous - I love her hair and that grass.. WOW!!

Love, love, love.

Thanks for joining us over at Tiddly Inks for our 'Sparkle' challenge. Good luck.

xo, Lou Mac.

Craftyangel said...

absolutely gorgeous card, love the spring feel the card has and isnt Wryn a sweetie...how could you resist

Angie x

Kindra said...

This card is so beautiful! Your coloring is amazing and the colors you chose are perfect. She is one of my all time favorite stamps so I can see why you had to get her ;) Thank you so much for joining us this week at Tiddly Inks!
-Kindra

RiNNE said...

I've been eyeing those Wrynn images too -- I just love her name :) and how cute she is. Great card! I used to be like you w/ the digital stuff. I actually bought a new printer just to do stamps but for some reason, it still doesn't work. I use my sister's printer but she does a lot of graphic design so it's pretty high end. We usually print them so that four would fit in a page. But then again, my cards are pretty big.

Christy/Tiddly Inks said...

Lovely! :)

Arabella said...

This is so cute Eva! I love how you have done the grass with little yellow flowers! Gorgeous!

Thanks so much for joining us for the Sparkle challenge at Tiddly Inks!

Arabella

PS I think the inkjet smearing is to do with the type of ink. I use a Brother printer and it doesn't smear, but I know when I used my Mum's Canon that ink did smear. I think heat setting it should help.
I usually use Word to put my digis in (change the text wrapping to Tight so the images can be moved around) and fit as many as I can to a page (usually around 6)... just eyeballing for size.

Kim O'Connell said...

Gorgeous coloring on the sweet image! Awesome! Thanks for playing along with us at the Ribbon Carousel Challenge blog!

Larissa said...

Very nice card! Love the soft colours.

Hugs,
Larissa

Pop's Cards said...

This is very pretty sweetie, thank you so much for joining in with our sparkle challenge at Tiddly Inks, hugs pops x

Rachel Parys said...

I knew this card was too stinkin' cute! Congrats on having it featured on the TI blog!! You go girl!