Mo's Digital Pencil Goes Challenge Crazy!

Over the weekend I came across some digital stamps so gorgeous and so very “me” that I just had to have them!  Wandering by Jami’s blog, I discovered Mo’s Digital Pencil.   I simply had to play with the images right away.  I particularly love the elf illustrations; they remind me of a favourite book of mine – Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.  You can find Mo’s shop here on Etsy.  Her service is second to none – swift and friendly.

Mo's Digital Pencil - Darn It! Card

Darn It! is such a fab image, and was great fun to work with.  I printed it out on my Epson R1400, coloured with Copic markers, then masked and airbrushed the background with Copics.  For a full list of the Copics used, see the end of this post.

Mo's Digital Pencil - Darn It! Card - Detail

To add a little extra “magic” I highlighted his hair with Shimmerz Blingz in Pixie Dust.  Quick and easy to do, and so very effective.

The papers I’ve used are from the delicious My Mind’s Eye – Wild Asparagus 8×8 pack.  More stocks of the 6×6 pads will be arriving at Quixotic Paperie soon.  I’ve also used some of the gorgeous Raffia Lace, available by the roll.

The sketch I used is from this week’s Sketch Saturday challenge.  I rotated it and used some 8mm pearls in one corner instead of a sentiment.  The pearls mean this one also works for this week’s Stamp With Fun challenge, and the the colour combo for Papertake Weekly!  Three challenges in one, whoo!

Thank you to everyone who has stopped by in the last couple of days.  Your comments are hugely appreciated.  I’m still trying to get caught up with all your blogs – you’ve been such a busy bunch!

Stamps: Darn It! from Mo's Digital Pencil
CS/DP:  My Mind's Eye - Wild Asparagus 8x8
Ink/Colouring: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Copic Markers (see below for list).  Shimmerz - Pixie Dust
Embellishments: 8mm Flat Backed Pearls.
Misc: Nestabilities. Scor-Pal. Nestabilities. Janome Sew-Mini.
Copic Markers used: Airbrushed Background - Y23
Skintones - E00, E11, R02, R20 Hair - W0, W5
Clothes etc. - G20, G21, G24, G28, G29, BV00, BV04,
E53, E55, E57, C1, C3, C4, C6

29 thoughts on “Mo's Digital Pencil Goes Challenge Crazy!

  1. Kim Dellow

    That image is fabulous! He is just wonderful – might have to get him too. LOL! Lovely colouring as always, the green and purple is just perfect. Thank you for the link. Kim

  2. carole

    Fabulous card Elaine, I absolutely love the image! I must check out the digital images…I adore cute elves and pixies too. The shimmerz hair is are your gorgeous accents.
    Thanks for joining us at SWF.
    Carole 🙂

  3. Katy

    Thanks for the link Elaine, i love her illustrations ! have just had a little spend 🙂

    Beautiful work…and such attention to details…wonderful colouring !

    Katy x

  4. Rachel

    you have made a fantastic card Elaine!
    Aren’t mo’s illustrations the best!!
    i have added quite a few to my collection and i am not even a found lover of digi but just couldn’t resist these beauties, just got to find the time to get them coloured and made into a card now.. big hugs rachxxxx

  5. Mo Manning

    I’m with you Rachel (about ‘digi’) – I always thought it sounded so cheap, lol! So let’s look at it another way — the images I put up on my site (and the ones I send you guys) are certainly not STAMPS — but they ARE the exact same format that trade book publishers now get when they publish real books! So really, these are not digital stamps, they are full-blown, hand drawn illustrations created by me specifically for use in this wonderful card market only.

    In the US, even staunchly traditional illustrators are beginning more and more to scan in their pencil drawings using Photoshop and then print them out on watercolor paper to color them. (I use an Epson 2200 which prints archival and water-resistant ink.) So basically — printing an illustration for use on a card creates the EXACT same piece of art that many US publishers are getting.

    So no — not a digi stamp really! Hehe!

    Anyway, off the soapbox — I’ve been dying to explain this process to someone! I already raved to Elaine how much I adore this card. Thanks all of you for the nice words about my art. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it because I’m having more fun than I even should! xoMo

  6. Fran

    Hi Elaine, adore your card and that image is fabulous. so much so that I’ve gone and got some (as like Rach I’m not a digi fan but this artwork was just too good to resist!) Thanks for the link 😀 x

  7. Lorraine

    Well Elaine I was so inspired by your creation that I have purchased this fabulous image, I have several of Mo’s digital images now and I am just so glad that we found her.

    Lorraine x

  8. Sandra

    Hi Elaine…this is just stunning,i so love that image,thanks for the link i will have to go check out those images :0)…love your colour scheme on this one and a great layout too…thanks for joining us this week at SWF,
    San x

  9. jami

    Elaine….this is just awesome!!! Mo’s illustrations are all so amazing and full of detail, and you have brought it to life with your beautiful coloring!!

  10. jacqui

    Wow dear this is just stunning what wonderful colouring just of to get a few of the wonderful illustrations myself.
    You are a true artist dear I so admire your wonderful work
    Hugs Jacqui x

  11. Katy

    Thanks Elaine, why did i think Coraline was directed by Tim Burton ? Sheesh another senior moment, lol. I have read Coraline and seen the film, i thought the film was a fab reflection of the book ! xx

  12. Lilian

    Gorgeous coloring Elaine! It’s just fabulous! Came from Mo’s site and will try to color these digis when I can. Thanks for the lovely eye candy!

  13. Rowena

    hi Elaine…after seeing you use these images I’ve fallen in love…I’ve never been a big digi fan but there is sooo much detail on these I love them! Thanks for introducing them to us who hadn’t yet discovered them!

    P.S. My fave book is jonathan strange as well! I often listen to audio version when I’m crafting!


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