Amy here with my Scenic Saturday card and with the new release hitting the store yesterday I just had to color up another one of the gorgeous Uptown Girl princesses. The classic fairy tale theme of these beauties lends them so well to fantastical scene building opportunities. Uptown Girl Snow White challenged me to create a background that would transport us right into her story book world.
First things first, I went straight to Pinterest and searched for a reference to Snow White’s wishing well that I could use as a visual aid when sketching in the scene. I found a still from the old animated feature that was the perfect jumping off point, so I grabbed a very light Copic marker, E40 in this case, and roughly sketched in the well behind her. I prefer this method over using a pencil because the graphite in pencil lines can gunk up your marker nibs, which is never a good thing. The E40 is so light that once I start adding in my darker colors, the lines virtually disappear which allows me shift and modify lines if the perspective looks off on anything. As detailed as this finished scene appears on my card, it is actually quite stripped down and simplified from the original inspiration photo because while I want Snow White to look right at home within it, at the end of the day she is still the star of the show. The sentiment is from the new Princess Sentiment set and I added it at the bottom of the card. This is definitely a more advanced background which takes time and practice to be comfortable attempting but I hope it inspires you to see that coloring scenes on your own cards can start simply and eventually lead you to all sorts of imaginative places if you just stick with it. 🙂
Stay crafty my friends!