Designed2Delight has given an AWESOME digi stamp to complete the Friday's Freebie Challenge. When I first saw it in my email, I was stumped on how I should color it. It has such flowing lines and curlicues in the feathers, I was afraid I would really blow it. To work it out I printed out some small versions of the digi to experiment on. Low and behold, the first combination of colors I used turned out really good if I do say so myself. Now I had my colors and I had to decide how to execute them on the image. Peacocks have a shimmer to their feathers that I also wanted to make sure to have on the image. To encompass all of these different aspects, I first clear embossed the outline of a larger image of the peacock. Next I turned to my standby of CTMH stamp pads and Tombow Blending Pen. The colors used were Clover Meadow Green, Tropical Blue and Goldrush. After coloring everything, I cut out the image, went over it with an embossing pen and put Ranger Holographic embossing powder on it. This gave it a very sparkly shimmer to the peacock. This card I layered onto Best Occasions Pearlized paper, the ivory and pink cut with a spellbinders nestabilities die set. On the blue pearlized paper, I used a Martha Stewart corner punch. These were all layered on K & Company - Life's Journey.
I wanted to try an alternate coloring method on this image because it has so many possibilities. I have a gel pen set that includes some with a pearlized effect. I pulled a blue, green, and gold pen with this ink type and just colored my peacock. I really love the way it turned out. I cut it out and layered it on ivory pearlized paper cut down with a spellbinders nestability die and then embossed it in a cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder. I did sponge the edges with some tropical blue to give it definition. I had a Basic Grey undressed chipboard Periphery set and I punched out 2 pieces and colored them with a Color Box gold stamp pad to dress up the edges of the diecut paper. All of these pieces were layered on another piece of K & Company - Life's Journey.
After coloring these two images, I can not wait to try some other ideas out. I am not sure that I really showcased the images to their best advantage because something seems missing on my cards, but I will work on it. Hope you can use these coloring ideas and enjoy my cards.