Monday, April 29, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
A few other dies I used to dress up this card are the banner from All Star Die-namics and the Open scallop border (from Open Simply Scallops Trio Die-namics....brand new from the latest release). I used a sentiment from Doodle Garden-Party Girl. It was the perfect size to fit in that cool banner Die-namics. I stamped the sentiment in black licorice ink and sponged the edges with some wild Cherry to help it pop.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Here is the full card. The pups have gathered to tell the birdie happy birthday. Isn't that fun?!!
When creating a scene it's important to think about the placement of all of the stamps and dies you'll be using. You also want to think about scale and make sure you are using elements that are somewhat proportionate to each other.
I started with a 4x 5.25 inch panel of x-press it blending card stock. I knew I would be coloring directly onto it with my copic markers, so I went with the card stock I knew would give me the best results for coloring. The finished panel is matted on a Hot Fudge cs piece.
I then started with my sky and built my scene from there. You can see a cloud filled sky background behind the branch.
I cut out a Jumbo Cloud Stax Die-namcis and used that as a mask to sponge around with Sno Cone ink. It's an easy way to add fluffy, white clouds to any scene. Start toward the bottom and work your way up, making sure to change the direction of the die cut cloud each time you move it. I started about half way up my panel and worked towards the top. I love how the sponging around the cloud die adds a "subtle something", some extra texture, without adding bulk to my card.
After I had my sky started, I went in and started on my puppies. I used some Eclipse Masking paper to make a mask of the pup, minus the balloon. Since the string is such a skinny piece, it was too hard for me to cut out and have the dogs clustered together without the lines showing or looking funny. The lines were easy enough to draw in on their own.
When masking it is important to remember that the first image you stamp, will be the image that appears in the foreground. On my card, the puppy with the blue bow, was the first dog I stamped.
After I stamped him, I went ahead and placed the mask over top of him and then stamped the second pup.
I use washi tape to cover my stamp in places were I want to omit the image. Here it was the string and balloon, I wanted to omit.
. Make sure to remove the tape, before you stamp your image.
Here are what my first two dogs look like after I removed the mask.
After you have your dogs stamped, go ahead and add in the balloons. This time I use washi tape to cover up my puppy and string, before I ink up the balloon.
Remove the washi tape, stamp. (you can see here my stamp wasn't completely clean and you can see a small line from the balloon string. That is ok, here, since I will be filling in with my multiliner. Most times I'm not that lucky. lol! and I have to restamp the whole panel again.
Fill in the string with your multiliner. Then color the images.
Here are the copics I used to color the balloons and my puppies. I made them each unique and used Michele's dotted technique to add texture to their fur. I love this look.
Here is my finished puppy party. I sponged on some Factory Green ink and added in some springs of grass with my Prismacolored pencils. I also added a sweet little rolling hill cut with the Sno Drift Die-namcis. One little yellow flower from Embellished Eggs stamp set fit nicely to the left of my pups to help fill in some white space.
The sentiments are from Party Time. I stamped the word "happy" three times, one from each pup, and then "birthday" all with Black Licorice Ink. They fit perfectly inside the Say What speach bubble. I popped it up for a bit more dimension with a foam dot.
I have always loved this Branch and Leaf Die-namics. It's an easy, quick way to show some nature on any card. I cut multiple leaves in two different colors, Factory Green and Sour Apple and adhered them to the branches. I sponged on some Factory Green ink to the edges. Check out the embossed veins on each of the leaves...love the Die-namics that add this detail with one pass through your die cut machine.
The branch was also the perfect spot to nestle my felt birdie. It's his birthday and the puppies are here to tell him, so. I cut the smallest bird from Easter Elements from Banana Split felt. I used the coordinating polka dotted wing stamp from Embellished Eggs.
I masked up more of the single balloon image and stamped them in MFT ink: Wild Cherry, Orange Fizz, and Blu Raspberry to create a festive feeling to the inside of my card. I hand drew the strings with my Copic Multiliner. I used the Happy Birthday sentiemnt from the Cupcake Cutie long the bottom.
Be sure to head over to the MFT blog to see who is playing along this month. There are some great scenes created by the design team. Don't miss 'em!