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The wonderful world of Zoe is what I hope to share with you all here on my blog. Life isn't always easy, but then that's the case whoever you are. But no matter what each day brings I always try to start and end it with a smile - to look back and know I controlled my day, the day didn't control me!

Monday, 21 January 2013

Crafty Boots - New

Good morning!

I'm here today to share with you all my latest DT project for Crafty Boots. The theme, chosen by the lovely Helen is...


So we want to see anything new, may it be a new stamp, technique, papers or style, just make sure you tell us exactly what and why it's new.

Pop over to Crafty Boots challenge blog to enter, we look forward to seeing what you've been doing and what new things you used to create your projects.

Mine is a mixture of brand newness - 

This is a page in my black Craft Smash Book, I create pages to keep my favourite papers, characters & techniques as reminders.  This page uses my new Heidi Swap paper, new tag die from Crafter's Companion, new Tim Holtz distress paper embossing folder and hanger embellishment. But the main new thing is the character image - I've used a new technique to colour the Some Odd Girl (remember Some Odd Girl stamps are available from Crafty Boots on-line store ) character and that is line-less colouring. If you look at close ups below you'll see there isn't the standard black line around the image. This is a digital image that I printed on low transparency so the lines are faint, but you can also do this using a pale grey ink if you are stamping.

I've left room under the page flap to keep other images I want to keep with this technique. I'll pop a pocket or something under here to put them in.

All lines are created by the colouring, using different tones to pick out what needs to be darker like around the eyes and mouth.  The technique gives the character a softer animated look I think. It really tests your colouring and I found I needed to put the darker tones first to map out each area as once you start colouring you lose your lines.

I wrote a note and attached it to the back of the page flap to remind myself of what I did.  While I like my pages to look fab, I need them to remind me of the techniques etc.

I thought this Wendy Vecchi stamp worked well with this page as I really did have to be brave and make myself step off the normal path to create this!!

It took time and patience to colour this image but I really enjoyed the task and will definitely try this again.

So what do you think? Let me know if you have a go at trying this, I'd love to know how you get on!

Take care Zo xx


Dee's Craft Room said...

Great Smash Book page Zoe, brilliant colouring as always and thank you for the tips.

Dionne xx

Gabrielle said...

Love your Smash book page! You are really embracing this style and it's really wonderful seeing how you are filling your book!

Michelle Stead said...

I just love your colouring Zoe, the image looks amazing and I really like your idea about the Smash book with all your techniques and things in, you are very organised lol:-) Hugs Shelly x

Helen said...

Go Go Go!! Great Smash page, and colouring. Glad you enjoyed the challenge theme!!

Sara said...

Love how many news you've put into your smash page it's great xxx

Red Kitty said...

Wow what a page, its fantastic. The colouring is out of the world. brilliant. x

Cards by Alison said...

Gorgeous page Zo love the image and the papers you hve used on your smash page. Love Alison xxx

Vicky said...

Just so gorgeous and such wonderful details too hun...:o)

biggest of hugs Vicky xx

coops said...

so stunning zoe.gorgeous paper and image and your no lines colouring is fantastic ;D

xx coops xx