my very good friend Susana owns a webstore called Susana’s Custom Art & Cards (SCACD). we have always worked closely with each other and often negotiate so we do not have too much overlap in product offerings. well recently she asked me to join in as a member of her design team! so now i am *official*!! SCACD offers a WIDE array of stamping goodies, fun embellishments and EXCLUSIVE stamp lines from the ever popular Victoria Case and Elisabeth Bell! some SERIOUSLY cute stamps which will be making appearances on my blog here and there in the weeks to come. she also carries stamps by herself, anki (a DT member), Karen Lockhart and a wide array of fairies from I Brake For Stamps and Fairie Song Art Stamps just to name a few. so head on over there and browse around, get to know her store and rest assured that her customer service is TOP RATE which i really respect! she is also just the very sweetest person and i am grateful to have her as a friend!
Susana and her team (headed by my good buddy Suzanne Dean) have a store blog you can check out here with LOTS of wonderful eye candy from her store by all of the DTs. there is a weekly feature called Try It Out Tuesday (TIOT) where Suzanne issues everyone a challenge. Well i couldn’t wait to jump right in! our challenge was to use blues and ONE neutral or metallic – SWEEEET! i love blue, especially this time of year!
i chose to work with one of my favorite Fairie Song Art fairies – *Would You Be My Friend* using blues and gold:
for some reason i just LOVE her solemn little face! i used my friend Jen’s SFYTT sketch. my two background panels are done with alcohol inks. the top panel is ranger glossy paper and the bottom is metal duct tape. both are embossed with cuttlebug folders. the top piece also has some gold ink dragged over the embossing to highlight the snowflakes a bit but it would not stick to the metal tape below. the snowflake embellie is done with the joys of the season cartridge and my cricut. i added some Polar White Flower Soft above her head instead of leaving it as flowers which adds to the snow-look of the card. i finished her off with a couple blue sparkling Pezabling.
i stamped my fairie with memento ink and colored her with copics. Her wing are colored with just a bit of copics to add some shadows and then painted with my friend Molly’s incredible Creative Inspirations paints, also available from SCACD. her dress is done the same way. on her dress i shadowed a bit with blues and then painted on a CI color called Blue Ice – pure shimmer until the light hits it and then it has a beautiful blue sheen to it – very neat effect! her eyes are a bright sparkling blue thanks to a Spica glitter pen.
IF YOU ARE NEW TO COPICS OR WANT TO START USING THEM BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN susana has a PERFECT program for you. SJD copic bundles are put together by Suzanne and they are small bundles of 3-4 markers that work perfectly together for blending along with detailed tutorials to achieve stunning colored images. i wish that type of thing had been available back when i started collecting ages ago – would have saved me some money and frustration!
thanks so much for taking time out of your day to pay me a visit! i appreciate you all so much! tomorrow i will have something really fun to show you – i have a new favorite thing!