Saturday, December 30, 2023

May the new year be as fabulous as you are...

Hello there!

I'm up on the Bellariffic blog with my final Scenic Saturday card of 2023. Uptown Girl Vera and her Vanity has always brought to mind stories of her getting herself ready for some glamorous party. With her stylish up-do and voluminous gown, you know this is a girl who isn't afraid of the spotlight. So, as we come up on the new year with all of the celebrations that will be held to bid adieu to 2023 and welcome in 2024, I quickly realized that it would be perfect to have Vera getting ready for the glitziest New Years bash of them all. 

I started by stamping Vera and her Vanity in the center of the card front using Memento Tuxedo Black ink then proceeded to color her dress using a stippling technique. This creates the look of a sparkling sequined gown due to the high contrast between the dark and light grey markers that I used. The bright gold of the bow, her shoes and the vanity mirror create a 'visual triangle' that leads the eye throughout the scene. To create the spotlight effect that pulls focus right to Vera herself, I first colored in the wood floor letting the colors fade to white as I neared the edges of the card. Once that was done I masked off Vera and her Vanity before using the Copic airbrush system to frame the scene. The same effect can be done with an ink blending technique as well. For some added embellishment I used both the colorless blender and a white Sharpie to add the floating sparkles. Because I didn't have a New Years sentiment in my stash that suited this card I ended up creating my own using my computer and printing it out on a strip of card stock that I then added to the top of my card and decorated with some glittery gold enamel dots. Now I am sure that Vera is more than ready to ring in 2024 in style.

Thank you all for joining me on these Saturdays and may the new year be your craftiest one yet!


Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Catherine Pooler
stamps- Stamping Bella (Uptown Girl Vera and her Vanity)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
computer generated sentiment

My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 2
Studio Calico enamel dots

Sharpie extra fine white pen

Wink of Stella clear glitter pen

Copic markers:

skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20

hair- E33, E37, E79
clothes- C2, C3, C6, C7, C9, 100, Y02, YR23, E47, W2, W4
vanity/stool- Y02, YR23, E47, E40, E81, W3, BG93/W4, W5, W7, W9
vanity clutter- N0, N2, N3, 0, R20, R22, C4, C6, C10, RV25, RV99, BV000, E50, E53, RV13, RV14, W4, W6, W8, G20, BG90, BG93, YG25, G28, BG000, BG53/YR30, YR31, G00, BG000, N6

floor- E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49

cbackground-C3, C4, C7, C8, C9, C10, 100