Monday, July 28, 2014

Smeared Ink July DT blog hop

Well July seems like just a blip on the map this year.
I can't believe it's almost over already.
The end of the month brings us the 
Smeared Ink DT Blog Hop
So that's a good thing, at least.

The theme for this month's blog hop is

I chose to work with purple hues. One of my very favorite colors.
I used my new rubber stamp called, "The High Priestess"
from the Morbidly Adorable rubber set, 
sold exclusively through the rubber club at Smeared Ink.

I was so excited to ink up my new rubber, that I didn't really 
consider just how much coloring was involved with this image.
Let's just say it was a bit of a marathon coloring session. 
And a bit of a challenge to keep it all monochromatic. I did cheat a teeny bit by
using some RV pinks to give some contrast to the wings, ball in her hand, and 
the beads in her hair.  
Love the skellie kitteh!

I used a white Sakura gelly roll pen to add some highlights.
The highlights help with contrast. I can't express how important
I feel contrast is to successful coloring. You have to have super darks
and super lights, coupled with all of the shades in between for a nicely
colored image. Regardless of whether it's full color or monochromatic,
there should be a full range of  hues to show depth. 
In my opinion, anyway.  

Lastly, I've added a sheer purple bow for some dimension and interest,
given how simple the card ended up. I felt it only
detracted from the image to add any embellies or other crap. 
Sometimes I forget that less is more. Usually, I forget.

Thanks for dropping by today. 
Please feel free to hop along to the rest of the design team's 
blogs, and check out their amazing monochromatic makes. 


  1. WOW Glo that is stunning! I love that stamp set and you've picked my favourite colours too!

  2. Fabulous card Glo!!! I love the purples, fabulous image, awesome card! Mo xxx

  3. Awesome card you made and a fantastic work with all that coloring, just love the image and that it looks like it stands out from the card! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  4. Oh, she's gorgeous! I've never successfully inked up those stamps but I sure love them! Fabulous colors! Love it! xxD

  5. Fabulous creepy card. Love purple n black color combo and this image.

  6. WHOA! Amazing depth and superb coloring lady! Don't know how long it took but Thank You so much for finishing and sharing with all of the us. Your detail to light is a huge wow. Love that single ribbon and your image just shines.


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