Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Mariola Budek Blooming Innocence Digi - Sending Flowery Hugs

Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods. 

Hey there from Nannyland,

While browsing through  my happily overflowing digi library, I happened upon this fabulous image by Mariola Budek.  She is a fairly new artist to me, and I'm instinctively drawn to her enchanting, wistful images. I love the angelic eyes on this one called Blooming Innocence.  My first impulse was to color her lovely thick  braids in copper shades, and then this happened!!!

In case you're under the impression that you're the only one who has catastrophic goof-ups while meticulously coloring an image, I have some very sad evidence here that refilling Copic markers too full and then opening them over your work is not a good idea.  I really like the first colors I chose for her hair, but they were a little too warm for the cool colors I had chosen for her flower wreath, so I used the opportunity to start anew and use more red-violet shades.  Her hair coordinates better with the flowers in my finished project, but I still love the warmer braids. The silver lining was that I got plenty of practice coloring with both color palettes! 

After carefully completing the image a SECOND time, I fussy cut her and attached her to a soft oval dp background layered with glossy gold card stock.  I attached the oval to a white shimmer 5 x 7  Spellbinders frame which I glued to a purple card base. I accessorized the corner with handmade Heartfelt Creations flowers and added a white die cut butterfly.  I'm happy I have tons of both of these embellies premade because I love adding handmade accents to my cards. 

I've been experimenting with written sentiments in Cricut Design Space and have designed several  small ones that mimic cute stamps I have seen.  This one was my sample and it's a little funky, but I grabbled it for this card to see how it worked.  I added plain layers in Design Space that can be cut out and glued together for dimension.  I also created off-set layers with the off-set feature (not pictured here).  I think I'll have fun using these as last minute adornments to my cards. 

Mariola Budek digi Blooming Innocence, Spellbinders frame die, 
Heartfelt Creations stamps, dies, mold; die cut butterfly, Cricut 
Design Space writing and off-set features, Copic markers,
gold foil card stock, purple card stock, white shimmer card stock

Now, this is my conundrum...should I throw away my tragic messed up image or pin it to my bulletin board as a reminder not to make this mistake again.  Sadly, I did make it again on another project, but I was able to cover it up with a sentiment.  Maybe the problem is that I'm too zealous when I refill my markers. I do use a small scale and I might need to adjust the weight down a bit.  But the secret to well blended coloring is wet markers, so I think I'm prepared to walk that line. 


  1. Your finished card is stunning beautiful. Hopefully the end result made up for the disaster!
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  2. Oh no, I can totally sympathise as I did something very similar just yesterday, a bold red line right across my finished card. But beautiful in the end with that pretty image, many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensation July challenge.

    B x

  3. Wow this is fabulous, I wish I could colour like that! I love the background too.
    Thank you for sharing what went wrong too. I would have been heartbroken after all that work and it looked so beautiful. I do agree that the colour of her hair in the second time around works very well.
    Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  4. This is a fabulous card, your colouring is brilliant and I like Jocelyn wish I could colour like that, the face looks so real and I would have been so angry if I did all that colouring only to find it was spoilt well done and redoing such a beautiful job with the image and card
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  5. Fabulous work! I just came from Split coast stampers...seeing some of your work made me want to visit your blog again. So sorry that Hppened to you. My husband is the one who uses the copics in my house hold...I think he does beautiful work...Me not so much...sadly, he has had the same accident with the copics. It's not a great moment esepcially when the project is almost done. Must check out some more of your work!

  6. Your coloring is amazing. Thanks for playing with us at Colour Crazy.

  7. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. Love to see you again.
    Ine DT

  8. What a shame that your first image was spoilt. I too have 'colouring envy', your colouring is really amazing. A stunning creation.
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  9. Gorgeous creation Nancy! So sad about the ink mess. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld.
    ~ Sherry CT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  10. Fabulous work.. nice colour.. thank you so much for your participation in CRAFTS GALORE ENCORE challenge ❤️DT KOYEL