Of course I had to place an order when Diane at Stampin'Treasures had her big sale last week. Of course I had to play with my new goodies as soon as I got them. And of course I have to share the results with you.
It's gonna take DAYS. Oh my word. Where to start?
Antique Engravings isn't a set that I would naturally gravitate toward, seeing as the images beg to be colored and are rather, well, antique looking. You all know that I don't like coloring very much and don't "do" distressed (at least not happily). But something about this set has called to me since December when I first saw the 2010 Hero Arts Catalog.
And then, last week, it was on SALE. So I bought it. You see, there was this video tutorial by Jennifer McGuire about quick-coloring butterflies that made me think coloring these images might not be so bad after all.
I love it when a plan comes together.
The coloring was sloppily done with Bic Mark-It markers because the image was going to be cut out anyway and I don't have Copics. Pretty cool, huh? I hope the shading shows in the photo so you can see that Jennifer McGuire is a genius. I colored the antennae with a chocolate marker on the stamp and stamped them directly onto the screen shadow background so I wouldn't have to cut them out (tedious! hard! no way!).
The screen shadow background is also a new purchase. It looks fine on the green butterfly card, but I like it even better on the next card. I failed to ink it completely (the dew drop pad was drier than I thought), but when I stamped it, it looked so nifty, I decided to go with it.
I like this version even better. The butterfly and sentiment are both bigger and the scale works better. And check out that shading on my butterfly...totally easy, folks!
So, we lazy colorers CAN make lovely things of a set like Antique Engravings. I've also colored in some of these images with chalk (remember chalk? Yeah, I know, NOT ONE of the cool kids uses chalk anymore, but nothing's too out of style for dorky LateBlossom!) and Twinkling H2Os (easy peasy and sparkly, too!). I'll show a few of those cards later this week, but tomorrow is the One-Layer Wednesday challenge, and boy, howdy, I'm excited about it!
Don't forget LOST tonight. I am soooo ready for the mysteries of the wacky island to be solved so I can move on with my life.
stamps: Hero Arts (all but thinking of you sentiment, which is from SU's Sincere Salutations)
ink: Palette Dark Chocolate, various others
paper: PTI White
accessories: Bic Mark-It markers