Pure Innocence Monday

Today the My Favorite Things design team is previewing a new line in the store, Pure Innocence.  I’ve been so eager to begin posting samples using these images.  I think this little girl is just the sweetest!   I love her no matter what she’s doing!  On Wednesday, November 4th, MFT is releasing FIVE Pure Innocence images.  And they are ALL totally adorable!

Birthday Girl


I’ve received many emails asking how I color faces so I took a few extra pictures as I colored this image.  Please know that I am not an expert and have never taken a Copic class.  I’ve just stumbled along the way, learning by trial and error and what I pick up from other designer blogs.   

MFTPI1I always color skin tone areas first.  That way, if I make a mistake, I’m not recoloring the entire image.  I find it easier to make corrections in other areas as opposed to faces.

As a general rule, I use the same three basic Copics for skin tones — E000, E00 and R20. 

First I color the entire area with E000.  



Next, I color the cheeks. 

I lightly touch the tip of my E000 marker to the R20 marker and begin applying the color to the cheek area.  If I have too much pink on the marker, I swipe the extra off onto scrap paper, then use E000 to blend in the pink.  

It’s best to apply just a bit of pink at a time as it’s easier to add than to take away.

MFTPI3The next step is to add a bit of shadow.

Using an E00 marker, I add a bit of color along the hairline and sides of her face. 

I use this marker to add a bit of darker color to necks, arms and legs as well.

It sometimes looks like this shadow color is too dark, but it will all blend together in the next step. 


MFTPI4Lastly, I color over the entire area at least once with the E000 marker.

Pretty easy (in my opinion…with these three markers…I’d be lost without them)!

Want to see more samples using the new Pure Innocence images?   Check these out:

Amy, Melody, Cindy, Frances, Susan, Kirsten, Natalie, Kathy,
 Jessie, Christina, JodyBarbara and Joanne.  (I think we all really like this new line!)

And yes, I realized (a little too late) that I adhered the cherry paper upside down.  Just thought I’d point that out before Eagle Eye (E.E.J.) makes a comment.  lol.  (She knows who she is.)

I’ll be back tomorrow with a preview of another new release.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!  :)

Stamps:  MFT “My Balloon” (Pure Innocence)   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black  Cardstock: Prism Crabapple Dark, MFT Perfect Paper Panel   Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Lemonade 6×6 paper pad   Accessories: Copic markers (E000, E00, R20, R81, R83, R85, E33, E35, YG23, Y21, B0000), Prismacolor pencils (grass/ground), Martha Stewart border punch, Spare Parts trim, Basic Grey button, cream jute string, dimensional boosters.  Finished size 4 ¼” x 5 ½”.

23 responses to “Pure Innocence Monday

  1. Well… I think the cherries look just like flowers upside down. 😉 And I am SO excited to have these images in STAMP form! Yippee!!!

  2. You’re right – really sweet image. Adorable card. The lace goes well with the scallop edge. Thank you for the coloring tips. I struggle with the skin tone. I’ve got some females that look like they were in the sun too long.

  3. oh, wow! what sweet, sweet stuff ms. Kim is putting out this month! great card.

  4. Seriously, she is too cute!! Love your card!!

  5. This is SO sweet Michele! Clearly, I know who EEJ is, this comment is going to crack her up!

  6. This is so adorable, Michele! Thanks for the pointers on coloring faces. (If only I had Copics!) Your dp just looks like pretty flowers – I don’t think it’s upside down at all! :)

  7. Your card is perfect and this image is adorable, so precious! love it!
    Pam Going Postal

  8. So sweet – even with upside down cherries!! Thanks for the colouring tips. I hold you entirely responsible for this new line – pretty sure I saw them here first!

  9. EEK! I LOVE her Michele!!!! Oh it it weren’t for you enabling EEJ, enabling me….

  10. This is so SO sweet, Michele! As always, your coloring is fantastic!

  11. She is just so sweet! And I always admire your coloring.

  12. OMG….adorable! I bet you are over the moon to have these in rubber!!! WOOT! Can’t wait to get my hands on some!

  13. So stinkin’ CUTE, Michele!!!

  14. Cute! Love her with those papers!

  15. Love the card! thanks for the tutorial;)

  16. You just rock this little girl every time you color her!!! Thanks for the face coloring tips too!

  17. Awwww, sweeter than sweet, Michele! Love the whole look and feel, especially with that trim! Great job on the faces!

  18. Thank you for this tutorial, Michele–I just got Copics and need to glean all the info I can from masters like you!


  19. I love your adorable card…and will have to check into these cuties!! I love your papers, lace and button!

  20. EEJ reporting for duty and I am thrilled to say that those most definitely look like flowers. I would have never known. I guess I don’t notice EVERYTHING. LOL :) You rock, as usual! I am going to place a Copic order to get E000 because I don’t have that one. Gorgeous everything!

  21. Fantastic Michele! She is sooooo cute! I’d have never noticed the paper either, but then again, no eagle eye here!, lol

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