Thursday, 17 October 2013

All Dressed Up - Inspiration Post

Hello, my friends!

Today is my first turn at sharing an inspiration post over at the All Dressed Up Challenge Blog. Besides the two challenges a month, there are also tutorials and inspiration projects posted almost every day. It's really worth taking a look if you haven't stopped by yet!

I made a little hanging using Wendy's fabulous image called Abi Ballerina. Can you believe it is offered as a freebie over on the blog? You can find it right HERE, along with the rules for use. There is also another version of this sweet image in the All Dressed Up Shop right HERE.

I had lots of fun making this one. It's the first time I've used watercolors and the first time I've used Twinkling H20s. I will definitely be using more of these two mediums in the future!

I printed this image "fit to page" on 8 1/2 X 11 watercolor paper. I colored it in using a combination of the watercolors and H20s. When it was dry I adhered the watercolor paper to a heavy chipboard base. The flowers and leaves were cut from watercolor paper as well, and then colored with the H20s. What a beautiful shimmer those paints have! Iridescent sequins were randomly added to the background. Finally, I added eyelets at the top to string the ribbon for hanging.

I hope you like what I've done! Please let me know if you have any questions! Happy days of JOY to you all! :o)

This photo shows a bit of the wonderful shimmer:

Materials Used:
Image: Abi Ballerina;
Twinkling H20s,
Die: Memory Box - Cherry Blossom,
Tim Holtz Alterations Die - Tattered Pinecone;
Punch: EK Success - Mini Flower Punch;
My Stash: Sequins, Watercolors, Watercolor Paper.

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Here are all the links for you:


Jonia said...

Nancy this is absolutely beautiful and the image is darling. Love, love it.

Tracey Fehr said...

This is just adorable! Your water coloring is amazing Nancy! I need to grab that little freebie!

Kelly Neis said...

Wow I am speechless!!! You did this!! First time watercoloring and she is gorgeous! I love it, so professional, you could make a few more for little girls rooms all over the world, this is that good. I see $$ in your future! I really love this painting, so beautiful Nancy!!! When you are famous will you still be my friend? lol
Love it!

Geri said...

BEAUTIFUL, Nancy!!! I LOVE those watery colors in her tutu!!!

Anonymous said...

Nancy, this hanging is absolutely fantastic! The colors are so bright and happy. The Twinkling H2O's are vibrant as well as shiny.

Great job! I also think your "Designed by Nancy" is a perfect ghost on your image. AWESOME!

Love you my friend - Leslie

alexandra s.m. said...

very very sweet and beautifully done my Friend!
Bravo ;)

Natalie said...

Nancy, this is adorable!! What a fabulous job you've done with the watercolors!! WOW!! So doggone cute. I'm inspired! I downloaded this cutie a few weeks ago but haven't had a chance to play.

Ira Huberts said...

You have coloured this adorable image to perfection Nancy! Love those purple shades and how they blend!! Hugs, Ira x
Ira’s Crea Corner

gardenpinks said...

What a lovely hanging Nancy and beautifully coloured too. I adore H2Os and forget to use them!!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments, so very much appreciated :)
Lynn xx

Jennifer said...

Oh how very delightful she is! I just adore the way you've coloured this time and the flowers are the perfect touch!

Susan M said...

This is gorgeous Nancy ! The colouring is so beautiful ,hope you show us more of your work using the H2Os and watercolours really love how you have used them.

Tracy said...

I love this image. The watercolors and H2O's look fabulous. Nice soft look. Fabulous job on your little wall hanging Nancy. She's a cutie pie for sure!

Tracey Sabella said...

Oh my, Nancy, she is so adorable and I love the sequins!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

chanya13 said...

Beautiful!!! Love colour combo and image!!!

Sandy said...

You do use the prettiest of colors. I love your style - just perfect!!!

StampArt Design by Kathryne said...

I'm loving Wendy's images. They are so sweet. Your card is adorable, nancy. I love how you've designed it. Beautiful colours. It's looks "fancy" and "floaty" in such a pretty way. Beautiful. xx Kathryne

Anonymous said...

This is so cute. Love your water coloring technique. The Twinkling H2O's are so much fun to play with :D I have some and need to get them back out.

Nancy, this is such a happy image, how can anyone not be affected by your dancing cutie?!

Love you my friend - Leslie