Welcome! I’d like to share two cards I made this week using a “dots” technique inspired by the amazing Alex Syberia! I’ve been fascinated by her work and her riotous use of color plus the unique way she incorporates dots into her cards! You won’t believe your eyes when you check out her blog! In the meantime, I recently printed off a couple of floral images I found on Pinterest; I resized the image down to fit an A2 card and then just got busy coloring with my Copic markers!
Isn’t this floral spray beautiful?! I enjoyed branching out a little with my colors, trying to loosen up and be more creative! I opted for muted tones and layered color upon colors.
This particular image came with a pale gray background so all I did was use the colorful “pointillism” style which Alex is known for to fill in around the blossoms and leaves. Isn’t it fun?!
Here’s the second card I made, using another floral spray image from Pinterest and a slightly less colorful use of the dots technique. I began coloring with my Tim Holtz distress markers, Rusty Hinge, Dried Marigold and Tattered Rose for the blossoms and Peacock Feathers, Broken China and Evergreen Bough for the leaves!
I wasn’t satisfied with the depth of color from just the distress markers so went over the images again with Copics. I use so many different Copic markers that I feel it would be too overwhelming to list them all. But the Copics definitely boosted the color! You can see that I made dots of black, gray, peach and aqua, then added white gel pen dots afterwards. I also added shading to the leaves and flowers with a pale gray marker.
To create the background I added more gray with Hickory and Pumice Stone distress markers and used a water brush to spread it in a lovely watercolor-y manner! (That buckled my paper a bit as it’s only 110# card stock.) The next steps were to stamp the beautiful Vintage Note by Stampendous with Pumice distress ink around the main image, then heat-embossed the sentiment (from Altenew’s Beautiful Day set) using Brutus Monroe’s Golden Gourd embossing powder for a perfect match! I mounted this panel onto a soft gray base card and attached a strip of Tangerine Glitterstock along the edge for a little bit of bling! Three shimmery sequins were my final touch!
I leave you with this very closeup photo of my card, showing off the lovely colors and interesting dots! I hope you enjoyed this post and my cards, and that you’ll have a look at Alex’s gorgeous creations as well!