With Christmas on its way in only 13 days, the Melissa Frances blog will turn to some awesome inspiration from our talented design team. Today, we have a very pretty way to decorate a Melissa Frances Printed Envelope (GN562) and turn it into a stunning Gift Card Envelope. This great tutorial comes to us courtesy of the talented Sherrie Siemens. So, I'll let her walk you through the steps to making this masterpiece!
1) Stamp Pearl on Copic friendly paper (X-press it blending card). Take a pencil and trace the outside of the resin frame.
2) Color the skin. (I used Copic markers: E000, E01, E11, R20). My light source is coming from the right. Remember to add shadows to the face (ie. nose and eyes).
3) Color the dress (I used Copic markers: RV91, RV93, RV95, RV99). For the skirt, add color in long strokes to help give realism to the pleats.
4) Add a bit of grey to the "white areas" (I used Copic markers: W1, W3, W5, 0).
5) Color the hair using curly strokes and two shades of brown. (I used Copic markers: E33, E39)
6) Get rid of the white look of the paper by airbrushing, (using Copic marker E43) around Pearl. I was able to do this without masking her, but you may want to mask her off if the airbrush system is new to you.
7) Once you have finished coloring the stamped image, you may cut her out, along your pencil marks. Then, apply glue to the back of the resin frame, and set it down onto the image you have colored, so that it is glued onto the back of the frame. Now you are ready to use the photo below as a guide to decorate the front of one of the Melissa Frances printed envelopes (GN562).
And, here's the back of the envelope: