Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Altered Alice: Chapter 3 Challenge Week 2 - Alice Colors of Blue and Yellow

"Mr. Tenniel is the only artist, who has drawn for me, who has resolutely refused to use a model, and declared he no more needed one than I should need a multiplication table to work a mathematical problem! I venture to think that he was mistaken and that for want of a model, he drew several pictures of "Alice" entirely out of proportion - head decidedly too large and feet decidedly too small."
-- From a letter by Lewis Carroll (pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)
Although the stories were written for and inspired by the brunette Alice Liddell, when it came time for Tenniel to create the illustrations, Carroll sent him a photo of blonde Mary Hilton-Badcock as his image of what Alice should look like. Early color illustrations of Alice show a girl with long blonde hair, wearing either a blue dress with a white pinafore, or a yellow dress with a blue and white pinafore.
Therefore, our challenge this month is to create something that is predominantly blue and yellow, the colors associated with Alice! Although it is not required that you use Wonderland in your project, those that do feature Wonderland will receive two chances at the drawing instead of one! Enter by Friday, April 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4:00) and the winner will be posted sometime on Sunday, April 24.

Our April sponsor is Aritistic Outpost, makers of fabulous rubber art stamp sets including the Wonderland Collage set that will be featured by our design team. The Artistic Outpost design team will be playing along as well! One lucky winner will receive a $14 gift certificate to the Artistic Outpost store.

For my card I started by coloring my image with Copic markers.  I wanted to keep the color palette the same as my designer paper.  Well the more I colored the less I liked it.  I figured I couldn't make it any worse so I got out my distress ink and started smudging.  That was better but still not what I was looking for, so I got out the clear crackle paint.  The crackle paint does make the distress ink bleed into it so the whole picture took on the gold shade.  I smudged all my paper with distress ink to give it the antiqued look.  The bow is made with some vintage seam binding I also smudged with distress ink and navy lace.  The sketch I used for my card is from I (heart) stamps April Challenge.  The 2 pieces of dark aqua cardstock are embossed with the Argyle folder, sanded, and distress ink.

Stamp:  Artistic Outpost
DP:  My Minds Eye - Stella & Rose:  Hattie
Distress Ink:  Mustard Seed, Brushed Corduroy
Embossing Folder:  Argyle
Copic:  E30, 31, 50, 51, 55, 57, 93
YR20, 21, 23, 24, 30
W3, 5, 7
BG000, 01, 02, 07, 09, 49
B34, 37, 39, 91, 93, 95, 97, 99
Nesties:  Curved Rectangles
Rock Candy Crackle Paint
So head over to The Altered Alice and see all the beautiful project created by our design team and all our very talented players. 


Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly said...

Awesome project and your banner below made me LOL-yeah, I think I spent more TIME on Etsy listing my stuff than will actually sell, but oh well haha ;)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Beautiful work.

Lynne Phelps said...

Erin, your card is SO lovely! The way the distress ink and crackle paint blended worked out perfectly for our yellow and blue challenge! Love that golden glow. The textures are just fabulous, and the colors are so warm. Absolutely charming!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Erin, I love your card, wonderful background and colouring. Great colour tones which work fabulously with the image. Hope you are keeping well. Tracy Evans x

Amy Sheffer said...

Love the antique look, Erin! Beautiful! Great job with the SFYTT, too! Glad you've played along!