Monday 6 December 2010

Melody's Beads - A little Tutorial


Good Morning!  I've been asked a couple of times how I did the beads on Melody's Dress so thought I'd show you how I created some tones and the bead effect.
For this I've used promarkers, the purples I chose were ORCHID, PURPLE & AUBERGINE.  For the beads you will need an opaque white pen, preferably ball point such as Inkssentials.

The image is Flapper Girl Melody by Lemon Shortbread which you'll find HERE. at Crafts & Me.

STEP 1 - Colour your face tones in (previous tutorial here) then use the ORCHID promarker and colour most of the dress and hat in.  Next take the PURPLE promarker and add some shading as shown below leaving part of the Orchid showing.

Step 2 - Use your Orchid promarker and colour over all of the hat and dress to blend it with the purple then take the AUBERGINE promarker and add darker shading as below.  Colour rings of Aubergine underneath the beads to give a shadow effect.  Again use your Orchid and blend all the colours together.

Step 3 - Continue to add Aubergine and blend in with the Orchid, you may need to do this a couple of time until you're happy with the tones achieved.  I've added a dark patch on the left hand part of the dress now and under her left hand for a deep shadow.

Adding the beads - For the beads I used a ball point type pen rather than my usual sakura souffle whch has a fatter nib.  I used a white opaque pen by Inkssentials and if you press hard it leaves a dint rather than a solid white dot on some of them which gives a good effect :)  If you press softly you will get a solid white dot.

Detail of the beads.

Finished Card

I've used papers by Bearly Mine Designs and are from the Christmas Sparkle pack, Stripes and Just Plaids.  I've added lilac ink around the image using versachalk ink and stamped swirls from the gorgeous Hero Arts 'Fabulous Flourish' in the corners.  I used some shimmery lilac two tone ribbon, a ribbon flower and shimmery white flower for her hat (All from Hobbycraft) and the sentiment is I *think* HOTP from a set.

I'd like to enter this into...

Stampin B's - Purple, Turquoise & Shiny (thought this was an interesting combo!)
The Crafty Pad - Anything Goes
Daring Cardmakers - Turquoise
Fab N Funky - Birthdays
Party Time Tuesdays - Birthday
Hodge Podge Shop - Birthdays


Unknown said...

Thanks for the tutorial! She is gorgeous!! Thanks for joining us at the Hodge Podge Shop! Hope to see you for the next challenge! Shelley :)

Abby Beard said...

Gorgeous card and fantastic coloring! Thanks for joining the party at PTT this week!


angelwhispers said...

Fabulous tutorial!!! Thanks for sharing Love Chanelle xx

Wiccababe said...

fab tut Vix - great tip about using the inkssentials pen rather than the sakura

Teresa said...

Wow! a great tutorial Vix so easy to follow and she looks great in those colours too!
Love Teresa x

Maggie's Crafts said...

Brilliant tut and a beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Pad @ Please come back next Sunday for another brilliant challenge! :)


debby4000 said...

Oh fabulous card, love the cute image.

Lynda said...

Stunning card - fabulous colouring! Thanks for joining in with Daring Cardmakers.

Lynda xxx

Dotpat said...

Love it Vix and thanks for the tutorial, you always make things look so easy

Nannieflash said...

Hi Vixy fabulous tutorial and so easy to follow, love your card its gorgeous. With love and hugs Shirleyxx

♥Gemma♥ said...

Thanks for the brilliant tutorial and your card is stunning :o)
hugs and xxx

Grenouille Greetings said...

WOW! Great tutorial - great card! Warmest wishes, Lesley

Pat said...

Gorgeous card, super image, layout and colours. Thanks for sharing in our 100th challenge at The Crafty Pad this week.

Pat xx

Kathy said...

This is beautiful, the beads are just fab. Thanks for joining in with The Daring Cardmakers' challenge this week

Janice said...

Great tutorial - I'm now a follower to see what else you can teach me! Jx

Tracy said...

This is amazing and the colouring is fantastic.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Benzi said...

Great tutorial! Thanks so much. Great job with the Stampin B's color challenge. So glad you joined us this week. Hope to see you again next week.

Debbie said...

Wow this is stunning and I love your tutorial. :)
Thanks for sharing it with us at The Crafty Pad challenge this week. :)
To be eligible for the prize you need to leave a comment to guess the amount, display our 100th challenge badge on your blog and only one entry please. :) Do hope you can still play along. :)
There are mini challenges on the DT blogs too. :)
Debbie The Crafty Pad

Ms. Jen said...

What a lovely birthday card! Great tutorial too. I've never seen those used before. Thanks for joining us at The Hodge Podge Shop! Hope to see you next time.

Hugs - Jen

PepPop said...

Fantastic tutorial - thank you so much for this. Jaqui x