The Greatest Strength

     Just dropping by to share a card I made this week for the Saturated Canary “Fairytales” challenge... All fairytales have a princess in them, right? So for my card, I chose Krista’s “Princess Honor.”  I also selected her because of her “warrior” look and I was eager to play with that type of image. This was not an easy image for me to color for many reasons…first I decided to clean the nibs of my often used “E” copics by soaking them in alcohol which is great, but I think I did not let them dry well enough so that when I put them back into the sketch case and colored with them, they were diluting the ink I just lay down. Ugh! Lesson learned!  It may have also been responsible for a lot of ink seeping over some lines,  so you will see quite a bit of “white” inksentialls pen and white sharpie in some places!  Still I just love this image and it helped me practice coloring hair (thanks Suzanne Dean and Zoe McGrath for your “hair” tutorials and pdf’s) and “large and small spaces”…after about 7 or 8 attempts, I stayed with this image and here is my card….

     Something about this image really moved me- maybe it is her strength and yet her tenderness evidenced by the butterfly on the tip of her bow and those big eyes, but I really like it!  I searched for some Native American quotes on strength and honor and I stumbled on this one by the Iroquois which I think sums up what this image is saying…I printed it out using a free font I downloaded from DaFonts called “Jellyka Western Princess” into MS Word.  I simply put in search words such as “western” or “princess” and these fonts come up for selection. Simply download to your desktop and then right-click “install” which imports the font right into your word program!
      “Princess Honor” was colored with copics- primarily E81, 84 and 87 (and a little YG93/91) for her top and gloves and YR 24, 23, 21 and 20 with some deeper E’s (99, 97 and 23) to deepen shadows on her skirt. By playing with many shades on her skirt, I hoped to achieve a “suede” look. By that I mean I left some areas looking “unblended” and blotchy to mimic how the light plays with the nap of seude fabric.  I colored some clouds with a handmade cloud template and some Pebbles blue iridescent chalk. The design paper comes primarily from Basic Grey’s “Curio” and the burnt orange dp from another Basic Grey pad that I don’t recall!  The cardstock is PTI’s “Smoke” and it is a great black/brown color!  Flowers and metal corner are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  For the “embellishment” on the right, I used a tip from Dena Concienne’s “Cornelia” card  (another Saturated Canary image) and the cut some “twigs”  from a Fall wreath now hanging over my fireplace and wrapped some twine and a heart button around it! Necessity is the mother of invention!! .
    A close up, warts and all…

Thanks so much for your kind comments.  Have a great day. I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

This Post Has 48 Comments

  1. Karen C

    This is stunning! I love the colors and all of your beautiful elements!

  2. Marjorie

    Oh! Ann Marie, this is so beautiful.. I love how you have showcased this lovely image…STUNNING!!!..

  3. Cibele Glazer

    Your card is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the colors you chose and your coloring is beautiful.

  4. Vicky

    Sweetie this is absolutely gorgeous & I sooooooo love your choice of colour, its really looks awesome hun.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  5. Caroline

    WOW this is stunning you have coloured her beautifully and the layout is gorgeous. Caroline xxx

  6. This is lovely Ann Marie, your colouring is so good I especially like the way you've coloured her hair it looks so real. You are clever with you copics

    jacqui x

  7. This is lovely Ann Marie, your colouring is so good I especially like the way you've coloured her hair it looks so real. You are clever with you copics

    jacqui x

  8. coldwaters2

    Wow Ann Marie this is stunning the colouring of that image is awesome, the colours and design are stupendous.
    lorraine x

  9. Eileen

    Fabulous image and colouring. Love your colour choices and layout
    Eileen x

  10. Eulalia

    I like very much the Saturated Canary stamps and your card is so lovely. Stunning colouring!! Thank you very much for sharing with us on the Deep Ocean Challenge.
    xoxoxo Eulalia

  11. Kjersti

    Wow! Amazing card Ann Marie, love the warm colours and beautiful image – fab coloring too!
    Have a nice week!
    Hugs Kjersti:)

  12. Unknown

    This is so awesome.
    I really love this image.

    Thank you for allowing us to see your talent.
    I am so thrilled to have you in our challenge this week.
    Please come back next week.
    Tammy Ortiz
    Founder of
    Tammy Scrapin Corner

  13. Danni

    Stunning! What a gorgeous card!

  14. Unknown

    Wow! What a beautiful card, thank you for entering our challenge at Tammy's Scrapin Corner. We hope to see more from you in our challenges.

    Marc ^_^

  15. Patty Sue 2

    I was posting my card at SC and saw your lovely card. I just wanted you to know it is beautiful!! Loved everything about and I didn't notice your bleed! Don't you just love days like that?

  16. June Nelson

    Wow this is beautiful hunnie, love your choice of colours too, thanks for joining in with us at sc its lovely to have you huggies Juen xxxxxx

  17. Sassy Raggedy

    Fantastic…I love your coloring and this card is just wonderful. joann sassy raggedy

  18. Unknown

    Beautiful coloring and card! Thanks for playing along with us at Eureka Stamps this week.

  19. Tracey McNeely

    Your colouring is lovely. Thank you so much for joining us this week at the colourQ!

  20. Kathyk

    Lovely card, fabulous colouring and well done on making it fit so many challenges too


  21. Unknown

    Its beautifully coloured hon. A fab card with lovely autumnal colours. Thanks for playing with us at Dream Valley this week x

  22. Deonna B

    Gorgeous card and coloring! I love all of your fabulous embellishments to. Thank you for joining us this week at TTCRD.

  23. Ardilla

    Fab card! Love the image, the coloring and specially the flowers 🙂
    Thanks for playing with us this week at Digi Makeover.

  24. Tove

    A absolutely stunning card:) Love your coloring, the skirt looks great:) Thanks for the nice words in my blog. I'm gonna follow your blog, love your cards. Big hugs:)

  25. OMW, she is gorgeous Ann Marie…I have got her and haven't finished colouring her yet – you have done an amazing job, what a beautiful card 🙂 Hugs, Teresa x

  26. Teresa

    Absolutely stunning card Ann Marie, fabulous colouring again.
    Teresa xx

  27. Kara

    Gorgeous coloring!! Thanks for joining us at the ColourQ this week!!

  28. Sandy

    you have done a marvelous job coloring this – beautifully done and I don't see how it could be any better than this. Gorgeous art work!

  29. Unknown

    Wow amazing coloring. So glad you joined us this week at the ColourQ.

  30. Kim

    Beautiful! Your coloring is amazing! Thanks for joining us at Pixie Dust Studio.

  31. GinaA

    Just stunning, art work is fab and love your design.

  32. Kim Bell

    wow!! Ann!!! Just a beautiful/stunning card. Just Fab girl.


  33. Nannieflash

    Oh wow Ann Marie that is stunning, your colouring is just gorgeous and those flowers are so beautiful, love the papers to. hugs Shirleyxxx

  34. Eret

    Wow, Ann Marie. It is absolutely stunning card. Love your coloring and all those flowers. Super! Thank you so much for sharing your card with us at Digi Makeover Challenge – I hope you'll join with us again next week.
    Hugs, Eret

  35. fredalexmom

    Your card is absolutely stunning. When I first saw this new image from Krista, I was in love but wanted to see it all ink up for inspiration before buying it. This card goes straight into my favorite.

  36. Franz♥

    Hi Ann Marie!

    I always loved your fab creations and now i'm following you!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and don't worry about your entry at DO, only a little mistake!

    Hugs, Franz.

  37. Anonymous

    She's just beautiful, love the sentiment, very pretty card
    Hugs julie P

  38. Mynn xx

    What a beautiful card! LOVE your coloring–especially that sky! 🙂

  39. G8country life

    Hi Ann Marie,
    Your card is stunning love how you color her, everything came out awesome. We're very glad you join us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner, hope to see you next week also 🙂 Elisa DT

  40. Tracey

    Gorgeous card 🙂
    Thank you so much for joining Di's Digi Challenge & Good Luck!

  41. Julie

    Wow! Your coloring is outstanding! Thank you for joining us at 7 Kids College Fund Challenge!


  42. Sassy Raggedy

    Anne Marie your coloring is beautiful. Lovely card. Thanks so much for joining us at Eureka Stamps. joann sassy raggedy

  43. Pop's Cards

    Hi sweetie this is just stunning, love your take on our challenge, thanks for joining us at Saturated Canary this time, hugs Pops x

  44. Unknown

    Gorgeous fairytale/princess card, thanks for joining our challenge on Saturated Canary.

  45. Shelly

    Gorgeous autumn colours on your card and fab colouring! Thanks for joining us at Di's Digi Designs Challenge, Shelly x

  46. Diane Louise J

    Gorgeous card and lovely colouring of that fab image. Thanks for entering your card into our Monthly 'Anything Goes' Challenge, Good luck in the draw and we hope you will join us again for the next challenge at Forever Friends.
    Diane x

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