i'm so excited today because i've accomplished something that i've been wanting to try my hands at for a long time. but i've always been too chicken. when i was a little girl, i used to draw little cartoonish characters to make greeting cards for my family. my brother used to encourage me and tried to convince me to take it more seriously. at that time, i couldn't see myself making a living out of drawing. but recently i've had to make many cards with specific subjects and... no stamps to fit the bill (i know, hard to believe when you see my stamps collection). so i went back to my pens and markers. and then... then, stuuph introduced me to "the wacom", the tablet. wow! i found a new passion. the tablet, a device that you connect to your computer, allows you to draw directly into photoshop with the help of a digital pen.
what i did with my first digital stamp is draw a sketch of a ballerina but i could only do one side evenly as you can see here...(you can click on the image to see my very first sketch). so i took what i got, scanned it and then drew the rest on my tablet. i had help from stuuph for the first draft so she can show me around the tablet and then i was on my own. oh what fun i had!
so first, let me show you my card introducing Lil' Cee Ballerina:
the pattern paper i chose is from the pink patterns text-style collection from papertreyink. the cardstock in berry sherbert and spring moss, as well as the ribbon, are from papertreyink as well.
this is the first time ever i've used the copic original cardstock. i'm still undecided whether i like it or not. here's a list of the copic markers i used: E0000, E000, E00, E11, E21, E33, E33, E44, E47, E49,R30, R32, R35, W00. i also used an atyou spical in clear on the ruffles, sash and headband.
i used a brown prismacolor for shadows as well as PC926 for the cheeks and PC927 for the eyelids.
the digitization (is that a word?) of the image was done entirely with the brush tool and the eraser because adobe elements doesn't have a line art feature. so this was a very tedious project. the ideal would be to use photoshop cs5 but it's a very expensive program.
this is for anyone who needs a ballerina stamp withouth having to purchase a big stamp set. it's cost effective and storage-friendly since you save the image on your computer and print it out on your printer. to buy this digital stamp, just click on the image below. this will bring you to my etsy shop where you'll be able to buy and instantly download this image in 3 different formats.
i'm really proud of my Lil' Cee ballerina. she was born out of necessity and comes straight out of my head. i hope some of you enjoy her too!