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Monday, April 11, 2016

The Perfect Pear

Hello crafters! This past weekend I received some happy mail including a stamp set that I've had my eye on from Sunny Studios called Fresh & Fruity. I stamped up all of the little fruits and just started coloring. Once I had colored the pears, this card just kinda came to fruition.  


For the pears, I used my Copic markers to create a color fade from rosey pink to pear green. Once they were all blended they needed some kind of shine on them. I was thinking glossy accents but I wanted something that had a bit more texture. I decided to try clear embossing powder. I used a sponge dauber with sticky ink and only embossed half of the pear first. I then went in with another coat of sticky ink over the whole image and embossed it again. It gave a more realistic look to the pear. Here's a close up of the colored pears and the copic markers I used. 


Next I started working on the card base. I grabbed a piece of black card stock and a stitched circle die. I cut it a bit off the page so that it would highlight the image more. I then embossed the sentiment using some Ranger Liquid Platinum powder. I really like the look of this color. It's not quite gold not quite silver. It's a perfect mix and a bit on the warmer tone.

I knew I wanted some color behind the pears so I grabbed purple and green distress inks and started blending them. The colors looked nice, but I felt it needed something more. I grabbed a dot stencil and a baby wipe and gently rubbed the wipe over the stencil to remove a tiny bit of color. I loved how it turned out. It created this neat halo effect on each dot and really gave the background that little something extra. I adhered the back pear flat down and popped up the top pear with foam tape. To ground the images, I drew in a little ground shadow with some warm gray Copics. Here's a close up of the window and finished pear images.


So I really thought at this point I was done with the card. When I started taking pictures, it seemed to be missing something. There was just too much black. So I grabbed some black and white washi tapes and added a little border to the opposite side of the card. That truly completed the card.

I was pretty happy with the way this design turned out. I think it would be a neat wedding card or anniversary card. It's not your traditional color scheme and I like that. I hope you enjoyed this card and I'll see you next time! Have a great week!

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Monster Monday

Happy Monday! Doesn't it always seem that the weekends just aren't long enough? To get through my Monday, I absolutely must have vanilla iced coffee. If I don't have it, I just can't be accountable for my actions, lol! So that was my inspiration for today's card.


I just adore this little monster! His name is Gustav and he's a digital stamp from Useless Trinkets which is a German site by artist Jessa Feig. She draws the cutest critters and has a little bit of dark side. One of my favorites is a zombie unicorn. I just love her stuff! Go check it out here.

So on with the card! I printed out the image on X-Press IT blending paper and used my Copic markers to color Gustav. I started by feathering in different shades of blue all around his body to give him the appearance of fur. I felt he needed additional texture so I added some dot detail all around the center of the image where the feathering was less noticeable. I thought that really started to make him come to life.

For his horns, I picked neutral gray Copics and then covered them with glossy accents to help make them shine. I also took a white gel pen to his horns and eyes just to add some details. Here is a close up of Gustav in all his glory:


For the card base, I choose a navy cardstock and picked out this cute coffee cup print from a 6x6 paper pack. I ran the printed paper through my big shot using a wonky stitches die from Avery Elle. I love the subtle detail it adds. When I put Gustav on top of the printed paper it really seemed to overwhelm him. To mute the background a bit, I decided to add a piece of vellum behind Gustav. This really made him become the focus.

There are a ton of sentiments that come with this digital image. Being that Gustav is my Monday spirit animal, this saying was perfect. I popped it up with some foam tape and adhered Gustav behind it using Multi Medium Matte. I went back and forth on adding some embellishments but in the end I decided to keep it really simple and just let Gustav be the star of the card.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little design and that it made you smile on a Monday morning! Have a great week and I'll be back soon!

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