Monday, November 2, 2009

QKD Royal Wed - NEW RELEASES!!!!


I did an ENTIRELY different interpretation of Mia this time around!!! I completely challenged myself to do a card in only Grey, Black and White and any variations of those. DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD THAT IS??? =) I do now!!

LOL!! Anyhoo...thanks for visiting and I hoped you hopped from the Penny's blog!! If not you DEFINITELY want to start hopping at the beginning so you can see the entire team's FANTASTIC work!!!

I've been wanting to do something in pure black and white for some time now and have not had enough head space lately to tackle it. But I did today.
I started coloring...figuring...if it didn't work out at the fundamentals of the card (the main image) then I'd stop there. So I pulled out my black, grey and blender Copics, my fine art sketch pencils which are graded H for Hard or B for Black. Hard pencils are best for fine line, black pencils are better for most types of drawing and for shading in. An all purpose pencil is HB (just in the middle), but you can usually find H, 2H, 3H, 4H, B, 2B, 3B, 4B - and sometimes even higher numbers.

Anyway - (I'm a little obsessed with pencils!) I also used my silver paint pen, my silver and clear glittery Sakura pens, and a few regular colored pencils in white, grey, black, and silver.
I wanted the most texture on the image that I could create using only black and white.

The other cool thing about this card is that Mia is not attached to the card with the exception of the fibers that are holding her on. So if I were to give this card away I'd include a separate piece of long black ribbon and instruct the recipient to snip the existing thread and use the extra ribbon to tie through to create a snazzy bookmark!!! So when you actually hold this card Mia swings gently back and forth. It's pretty cool!

So I started coloring and while challenging I found it really fun!! I think she looks somewhat robotic, somewhat 'Wizard of Oz - Tin Man-esque', somewhat mystical, "Matrix-y". Not scary, not freaky...but perhaps a little...bizarre...spooky even. Which I totally dig this time of year!!

After I had her colored she still looked a bit flat. So I added rhinestones to her tail, sparkles to some of her flowers and silver paint to other flowers. I sparkled up her itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny black and white polka dot bikini!! and added white velvet flock to her bow. After that she totally jumped out at me!!
I matted her on SU! black cardstock and corner rounded 2 of the 4 corners. I punched a small hole and threaded through black yarn fiber, silver elastic cording and black and white ticking ribbon.
Setting that aside I turned to the card base itself. I used a 5x5 black cardstock base, followed by a white matte trimmed in 1/4" and edge distressed. I went looking for grey or silver paper in my stash and didn't find any that worked. And then I saw my newspaper scraps. THAT worked great. I stitched the newspaper to the white matte. I then used scraps of my Tinkering Ink paper in Noir Blanc and cut 4 squares measuring 2" square all around. I puzzle pieced them together for a 'psuedo checkerboard' feeling. I liked how it looked but it still looked like it was missing...something.

So I started looking around at my stashes. Large, white buttons - very 'mod', white silky primas - too delicate, ribbons that were all too - cutsie. So I cheated...JUST A LITTLE BIT and hit my sticker drawer. I searched and searched and finally came across these fabulous, shiny and silver skull stickers that I bought for this Halloween season. It would have been absolutely perfect if they were solid black, white and silver but they're not. Either way, I grabbed the largest one and centered it in the middle of the 4 tiles.
When Mia is there you don't notice the intense yet super cool tattoo style skull behind her!! But when you clip her off to use her as a bookmark you have a different card entirely to display!!
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2amscrapper said...

This is just incredible!

Unknown said...

very pretty.

linnes said...

Wowzers! Beautiful, to use black and white is very very nice! Great card, love the skull too. Anyway it is again amazing!

Kelly Braund said...

Very cool! It looks likke you colored and than took a b&w photo! It's awesome!

Anita said...

Oh my goodness Meredith, just amazing and I love all the bling especially on her tail.

Sara Henton said...

Mere!! This is just well WOW! Ok, I have to ask a what may seem dumb question, what's holding your card?

Juliet Diley said...


Nancyroo said...

pretty! great card.

Lara said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW This is absolutely fantastic!! I can't think of a single thing that I don't love about it!

Penny said...

so cool! the black and white together are amazing!!!

Maigan Lynn said...

now this one is just GENIUS! lol! I LOVE functional cards! A bookmark....are you kidding me?!?! Just LOVE the whole thing!

Ashley Newell said...

This is so cool Meredith!

Alexandra Lundgren said...

You totally rocked them ALL! I think coloring in BW is my FAVORITE!

Anonymous said...

You are beyond clever and I love reading what you write! But I just ADORE seeing your creations, they're so multi-faceted that I eagerly await your next one!!! =)