Monday, October 17, 2011

Majestic Tiger

A new Dirty Dozen gallery posted over the weekend, which means I am officially "alumni"... it's fun to still be able to hang out with the Dirty Girls and help them choose and interpret a theme for each month. :) They were so creative with this month's theme!Here's a favorite from my 3rd month on the design team.... Our theme involved design elements like stripes, spots, and stars, and "stripes" reminded me of this Tiger stamp I had tucked away from Rubbernecker Stamps. I took my time watercoloring the image using reinkers, watercolor pencils, Inktense pencils, and Prismacolor pencils. One tip for coloring animals – find a photo online of the real animal in a position similar to the stamp image you are working with. A “color picker” tool on your computer can be really helpful in determining the exact color in certain areas. It’s not always what you’d think! The one I use is called Colorpix.
I added some dimension to the tiger's front legs by cutting around them and embossing from the back with the wooden end of my stylus. They are popped up with foam tape as well. I didn't have any large black brads, so I colored some silver ones with a black marker, then roughed them up a bit with sandpaper.

Busy weekend! Saturday we had a yard sale as an initial step in sorting our stuff before we head to the States in December... hopefully some of our used and stretched out 'junk' will become useful treasure for our friends here! Monday we're welcoming our missions pastor and another missions committee member from my home church in CA - they will be staying with us for a couple of days. Really feeling the "countdown" strongly now, as we have just 8 weeks until we go to the States!! So. Much. To. Do.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Wowzers Miss Dina! This is Magnificent! Such a Wonderful image and your coloring is Amazing! Just Gorgeous my friend!

    Shannon 8-)

  2. Wow, I've been looking for something like the Colorpix forever! Thanks so much for sharing.


  3. Everytime I see a new post on your blog, I am speechless ! Your talent is amazing Dina! Your coloring is always perfect! Wish I could take a class with you and learn how you do it all! Thank you for sharing !!!

  4. Fabulous! I love how you colored Mr. Tiger, and the unique layout you created in positioning him. A really GREAT card!

  5. I always LOVE to stop by your blog- what a gorgeous tiger and your coloring is always amazing! I love the dimension you created in this card- fantastic!

  6. Beautiful piece of art work Dina!!

    Good luck with all your stuff. :o)

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  7. Wow - love the details you put into it.

  8. Oh my goodness! Your tiger is amazing! Thanks for the helpful tip about the color picker. Would never have thought of that.