Saturday, January 22, 2011

Fairytale Bliss

Time for another new challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!! This week's hostess is the lovely Tara Godfrey. She has set quite the enchanting challenge for us..."Fairytales"! There are a TON of Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps that are just perfect for this challenge. I spent a while trying decide which stamps to pull out for this one as there are so many options!!

I finally decided on combining three stamps for my card today: Prince Charming, Rapunzel and the little frog accessory stamp that comes with Lillith. A little masking of images and voila! A picture of fairy tale froggie smooch of course!!! I also used a little trick I picked up from Michele Boyer...after inking up the stamp, I used a Q-Tip to remove the ink from the pupils on their eyes. (I also removed the ink from the little tiara Rapunzel is normally wearing.) After stamping the images, I drew in new pupils so that the two are gazing lovingly into each other's eyes. Don't they look completely smitten with each other? So smitten in fact, that Prince Charming decided to propose to the fair maiden after she rescued him from his amphibious kiss from sweet Rapunzel and Prince Charming was transformed from a little frog back to his very handsome human form. Being that he was stuck in the marsh hopping from lily pad to lily pad and dining on fine insect cuisine, the prince was unable to go ring he pulled out the next best thing!! Hmmm...diamond ring or crown??? I think the crown will do just fine, thank you! Ok, so I am totally mixing up several fairy tales here...but that's what artistic license is all about, right?? lol The layout is super simple today, since my image panel ended up being so huge. The frame around the image was made with Spellbinders Lacey Squares and Fancy Tags. (The Lacey Squares required a bit of "surgery" to become a rectangular frame...I just added in a few extra sections to extend the length of the sides. The Fancy Tags were added in to help conceal the seams.)

All images were stamped on Neenah Smooth Cardstock and coloured with Copic markers. As stated earlier, I masked the images so that I could have them overlapping each other. After colouring with my markers, I used a variety of Prismas (I didn't bother blending them out with anything though...I still have to get some OMS, and I HATE the smell of baby oil! lol) I also added some shading with Conte crayons for additional depth (applied with a paper blending stump). The sky was created with a make-up sponge, Memento Summer Sky Ink and a hand-cut cloud template.

Rapunzel: Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20 Hair: E50, Y21, Y23, Y26, YR31, E31, E33, E37, E59 Dress: R000, R00, R81, R83, R85, R89, BG000, BG10, BG72, BG75, C5, pencils and black conte crayon

Prince Charming: Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, R20 Hair: E50, E31, E33, E37, E59 Shirt: C00, C1, C3, C7, blender, white pencil crayon, black conte crayon Pants: E50, E41, E42, E43, E47, black conte crayon

Frog: YG00, YG03, YG11, G28, G99

Grass: YG00, YG03, YG63, YG67, G21, G99, C9

Need a little inspiration to get those creative juices flowing?? Well, hop on over to the Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge Blog to see the incredible projects by the Krafty Girls and Krafty Guests! If you play along this week, you may be the lucky winner of "Snow White"...the stamp Tara used on her beautiful card!! Just make sure to use a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp on your project and then link it up at the Challenge Blog.

Need some new stamps? Then the Kraftin' Kimmie Online Store is the place to go! You will find the entire line of Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps there...including the new January stamps released last weekend! If you "need" to have the entire release for your very own, then the Gimmie Kimmie's Kits are the perfect option...there are three separate kits this month, and they are available at a discounted price. However, they are only there for a limited time, so act fast!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today friends. I also wanted to say a huge thanks for all the lovely comments left last weekend during the blog hop. My post had also featured a card by my daughter Ainsleigh...the comments left for her were so kind and encouraging. They put a smile on her face and completely touched my heart. Thank you all for your continued support. You all rock!! :)



Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Prince Charming", "Rapunzel" and "Lilith's" frog accessory stamp
Ink: Memento, Copics, Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, SEI
Embellishments: Machine Stitching, pearls
Tools: Spellbinders Lacey Squares and Fancy Tags


Tash Daly said...

Really love this card! You've done an awesome job. I simply adore your colouring, so much depth, its amazing!! :-)

Jenn Joncas said...

Can I say WOW!!!!! What an amazing card Melanie!!! Rapunzel looks like a whole different girl without her crown, I like it! You sky looks fabulous, I really need to learn how to do that! and I love your frame, that was a great idea using the fancy tags to fill in the space.
Have a great weekend!!!

Patricia said...

Omg your card is perfect is super cute and your coloring is amazing =P

Ann said...

wow, this is stunning. Love all the technique you used on this card.

Kerry said...

HI Melanie,

Beautiful card and I love the two images used.

Love Kerry xxx

Tracey said...

This is stunning!! I love that you put these two together!!

Mercy said...

OH.MY.WORD...this is breathtaking! your coloring is out of this the sky, the detailed grass, the shading...YOU ARE MY COPIC HERO! :) awesome job!

ms.espresso said...

Wow! I adore this card- fabulous job masking and tweaking the images to make your fairy tale come to life (love the story behind it too, heehee!). Your colouring, as always, is awe inspiring!

Krista said...

THIS is my new favorite Melanie card! Brilliantly coloured and the lacey squares and fancy tags are the absolute perfect touch! Just swooning over here!!!

Donna said...

Absolutely jaw dropping beautiful Mel!! STUNNING!! Xx

Angie said...

Seriously!!!!!!! It's friggin fabulous. You're so talented.

Anonymous said...

What a stunning card. Great idea to put these two together!

Robin McK said...

OMG Melanie, this is a work of art! How in the world did you do that grass??? Holy Moly. I will need to plan another tutorial session with you (I will have to start paying you soon) LOL

Eva said...

Super cute card!!! I love it :)

Sherman Unkefer said...

Fabulous! Cute Valentine's Day card!

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

Okay....when I first saw this card, Melanie....I was speechless!! Now that's not true....I actually started babbling and saying how incredible it was and that it was a total work of art. I think Angie was there, she can verify...I was probably drooling too. That must have taken you FOREVER!!! The hair, the sky, the depth of colour, THE GRASS, the masking, the eyes!! I agree with NEW fave Melanie card!! And I agree with will always be my Copic hero!! Loves ya, babe!!