The dolls

The start of June means that we have new challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore and as always the theme is Anything Goes. Our sponsor this month is Vera Lane Studio and the prize is 2 digi sets. I was given the Matryoshkas digi set to work with and the idea for this card popped into my head immediately.

Using Silhouette Studio, I sized four of the one digi and one of the one with the rose on her so that they would be step sized as these Russian dolls are in real life. I printed them out onto sand Canson Mi-tientes paper and colored the one doll that is different to the others with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I added a few highlights with my white gel pen.

Once I had completed the coloring, I returned the page to Silhouette Studio to cut all the dolls out. I ran a black marker along the cut edge to finish them off. I made a 5x7 cardbase in landscape orientation and added patterned paper from my stash to create a floor and wallpaper look. I then arranged the five dolls from largest to smallest on my card, spacing them evenly across it. I glued the uncolored ones down and then popped the colored one up with foam tape and added her to the front of the gang.

I printed the sentiment out on my computer onto white cardstock and cut it down to make a banner.

You have the whole month of June to enter the challenge at Crafts Galore Encore and have a chance to win the prize sponsored by Vera Lane Studio. We look forward to seeing your creations.

Supplies Used
Digital Files
Vera Lane Studio Matryoshkas digi

Canson Mi-Teintes Pastel Assorted Pad
Recollections 110lb heavyweight cardstock
Recollections White cardstock
Patterned paper from my stash

Coloring Medium
Prismacolor colored pencils
Tombow 56621 Dual Brush Pen
Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen

Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
1/8 inch Scor-Tape
1/2 inch Foam Tape

Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine
Epson Expression ET-2650 Ecotank Printer
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Entered into the Crafting from the Heart Anything Goes Challenge #244
Entered into the Digi Choosday Anything Goes Challenge Week 22
Entered into the Classic Design Team June Challenge #6
Entered into the QKR Stampede Anything Goes Challenge #350
Entered into the TTCRD Anything Goes Challenge week of May 28

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  1. Lovely Monica, the way you just coloured one and left the rest neutral, looks fabulous.x

  2. What a great image and sentiment. I have always loved nesting dolls although, I have never owned a set. Beautiful card.

  3. A lovely card Monica. The focus on just the one coloured doll is a super idea xx

  4. Monica, I love your idea to color just the one doll! It really gives the eye a place to focus on the beauty of the image! I think the Vera Lane images are so awesome. Your coloring is gorgeous. In my opinion, your pencil coloring is the best I've ever seen. Your blends are seamless! Great job!

  5. Great card love how you resized all the dolls and just coloured the one-a great idea
    Carol x

  6. I'm back again. Thanks so much for playing along with us at QKR.

  7. Lovely card. I adore nesting dolls.

    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to seeing you again next challenge.

    Rijacki's Workshop
    Through The Craft Room Door

  8. What a great project! Such a fun design. Thanks for sharing it with us at Digi Choosday good luck and hope to see you again!

    Jennifer, DT

  9. What a creative card. Your coloring and choice of sentiment are both excellent. Thanks for joining us at the QKR Stampede Challenge this week. DT Kathy []

  10. Your card is amazing, Monica! I love the design with the one coloured Matryoshka - so beautifully coloured - standing out from the others. Lovely work, as always! xx