Hi there, I hope your week is going well!
Today I’m sharing a card that is very different from anything I’ve tried before. I used the February 2019 Hero Arts My Monthly Hero card kit which is chock full of images inspired by the Art Deco period. As soon as I saw the kit, I thought of all of the beautiful magazine covers from that era and decided to recreate one, in particular, that caught my eye.
This Vogue cover pulled me in for many reasons. First, I love the colors, those teals and golds are so wonderful! Second, the woman looks Asian and actually looks a lot like my mother who has a short cut like that. Third, I thought the geometric background would be relatively easy to recreate.
I started by using a rectangle die from the Hero Arts Nested Rectangles die set to trim a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock. I chose a size that would give me a nice amount of background relative to the size of the woman, and that ended up being approximate 3″ x 4.25″.
I stamped the woman in Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink onto the panel, and also onto a piece of Avery Masking paper. I fussy cut the masking paper and adhered the mask over my stamped panel.
Then I took a pencil and ruler and drew in the rays of the background. I used Post-it Tape to masked off one section at a time and used Copics to color each. I started at the top right with BG72 and layered a bit of G40 over it on the right side of the ray. As I moved counter clockwise, I started with gradually increasing amounts of BG75 (combined with BG72 and G40), and then BG78 (combined with BG75, BG72, and G40) so that by the time I got down to the bottom left, most of the section was BG78, the darkest color.
Here’s what I learned and what I’d do differently next time: masking with Copics was probably not the best way to go for areas where I wanted a lot of heavy coverage and needed to go over multiple times. If I went over the area immediately next to the mask too many times, the color would bleed past the masked line. After I discovered that, I stopped using the masks and just tried to carefully but confidently draw a straight line, and then not blend over it too much in order to keep the bleeding in check.
The the rays done, I worked on the woman, coloring her hat with Y35, Y32, and E30. For her skin, I used E50 and E51. I added a bit of YG99 and R27 to the olives in her glass and Y0000 to the liquid, and then I used a touch of B0000 for the glass itself. These 0000 colors are so light that they look white in the photo, but in real life they add just enough color to let you know they’re there.
For her wrap, I used dots of W3, W5, W7, W9, and 100 (black). I used the same Ws to add a bit of color to the band around her hat, and used the W9 to color her hair.
I stamped the sentiment in Wow! Embossing Pad and then heat embossed it with Judikins Translucent Gold embossing powder. I used the same embossing powder and a Ranger Perfect Pen (which has clear, sticky ink) to heat embossed the hat pin, her earrings, and her bracelet
To finish, I adhered the card front to a card base.
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