I wanted to keep this in a monochrome palette, Gerry is 87, I know he will like this but I wanted to still have great contrast - to keep the card from being boring - a big risk working with Sepia colors
Here is a tip: ninety-five percent of the time I keep a small margin of space on my card base/background, it acts like a frame and gives the card another layer of sharp contrast.
Another tip: because my cards are large; A6 or A7 size, I need to keep the weight down as much as possible. I like to use 120# bases and good papers for layering. I don't like paying a dollar for mailing. To give the layers a finish and frame, I draw on the "frame" layer. you can see in int eh picture above, I simply use a black alcohol marker and a ruler. This saves me from buying tons of black background papers too!
When I am doing eyes, I keep it simple and layer my colors by two or three shades. For really detailed images I might add more to include flecks. When you are coloring you have to remember that you are working toward the end result. Many colors may be involved in an image that you don't actually see but they are there and register in your brain. Don't be afraid to experiment, stamp off extra images and play, have fun. In these eyes, I used two shades of Green and a couple dots of Turquoise
to give this great focal image a little more pop I added a layer of silver, I usually run my black marker on the edges of each piece, give the looks a tiny bit more depth and looks more finished.
These eyes kind of follow you where ever you go!
For this card, I used papers from my stash and this image is 4.5x4 (great for a focal image)
I thought I would share the "stamp" I made to go with this card, it is proportioned to go with the rubber stamp - Enjoy!
I hope you like my card and find my little tips and tricks helpful!
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