Monday, July 19, 2010

Do You Match

your papers to your colored image or do you pick your papers and color to match them? This topic was under discussion over on Tiddly Inks Digitals PCP page this week due to the Tiddly Inks Challenge of the week "Match It Up". I tried it with the coloring first and ended up always getting frustrated when I couldn't find the papers to match my coloring. Now I pick the paper and the sketch out and have a really good idea of exactly what I'm doing before I color the image. The downside to this method, I never have any colored images on hand.

Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog is heading into a Halloween Blog Hop starting Thursday, but in the meantime I need to show you my "Match It Up Card". I actually had another image and a completely different color scheme in mind, when I first started thinking about my challenge card. However, by the time I finished the invitations, I'd had time to rethink my card about 6 times.

Usually I look for a sentiment after I pick an image, but I'm working totally backwards this week. Paulette of Create with TLC posted the sentiment "Ladybug Hugs" as a freebie last week, and I knew I had to use it on a card with my Martha Stewart Ladybug Punch around the Page punches. I sent me looking through my chest of TI images for the perfect image to use. With some paper piecing, I realized I could change the delightful Daisybugg into the perfect Ladybug Bugg.

The Ladybug Paper was a free download from Cuddly Buddly. I shrunk the paper as small as I could to create a smaller print for her dress and cap. All the other papers were created with Word and the effects menu of the Insert Shapes function so my colors all matched. I learn something new everyday.

Hope you enjoyed your visit.


  1. I color first, then match...LOL I pretty use the same color palette all the time with a little variation, so it means I usually have matching paper on hand. Or I make my own paper to match...that is my favorite way to do it.

  2. I love your card, Shirley!!!

    I usually color first, because I do the majority of my coloring when my family wants to watch a movie together. I think it would save me some frustration if I chose my papers and then colored. :)

  3. Hi Shirley, Love your card! The bug is looking really cute with her ladybug dress. Thanks for joining us at Tiddly Inks!


  4. Lovely colors!!! So sweet! I love this!!! ~Buttercup XOXO

  5. Love it... I remember the conversation well... I find the paper first - as this is the biggest impact on the card and really dictates the colouring of the image for me... then i make the image pop off the paper while not colouring it to make it wrestle with the design paper. Love the ladybug paper - but realy love Christy's image. Pink and Black always work really well toghether.

    Paula x x x