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Copic Airbrushed Clouds

Hi there! Today’s card features the My Favorite Things Up in the Air stamp set. Birdie Brown does it again with adorable little animals and fun hot air balloons! First, a little info about the cloud background:

There’s numerous ways to create the look of clouds with inks and my personal favorite is using the Copic airbrush system. Usually I will die-cut either individual clouds or a cloud border and airbrush around the die-cuts, but for this card I wanted to use the new My Favorite Things Cloud Stencil.

After I die-cut a piece of 80 lb. Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock with the My Favorite Things Blueprints 31 Die-namics, I began at the top of the cardstock and airbrushed one edge around the stencil with B000. The stencil is approximately 6″x6″ and each edge has a slightly different cloud shape.

 

 

I then rotated the stencil and placed one edge towards the middle of the cardstock, covering up what I had already airbrushed, and continued rotating the stencil a few more times towards the bottom of the piece.

A little goes a long way when you’re airbrushing, so I always start off to the side of the project I’m working on to get an idea of exactly where the color is laying down.

The stencil made this technique really easy and the clean up of the stencil was a breeze using a little colorless blender and a cloth.

I colored the balloons and dog with Copics and die-cut them with the coordinating Die-namics. The dog and banner are popped up with dimensional adhesive for a little interest.

 

I finished it off by die-cutting a 2″ x 4″ piece of a My Favorite Things patterned paper using the stitched rectangle die from the Blueprints 31 set first, and then the half circle die from this set along one edge. The sentiment is also from this stamp set and it’s stamped on a die-cut gray cardstock using the My Favorite Things Oval Word Window Frames Die-namics and adhered with dimensional adhesive.

I can’t wait to give this to a friend who was recently promoted at work!

Hope you enjoyed today’s card and thanks for stopping by!

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Going Out of Bounds

Hi there! My card for today features the new My Favorite Things Giraffing Me Crazy stamp set and Safari Tree Die-namics die. Just like you can never have too many koala stamps, I guess I can never have too many giraffe stamps!

For my background piece, I die-cut a stitched rectangle from kraft cardstock using the My Favorite Things Blueprints 31 Die-namics and stenciled a zebra print using a Delta stencil and Memento Peanut Brittle ink.

 

I colored the giraffes with Copics on 100lb. Neenah Environment Desert Storm cardstock and die-cut them with the coordinating die-namics dies. I die-cut the Safari tree from a textured Tim Holtz Core’dinations cardstock and olive green cardstock and I was then ready to adhere all of my elements.

I wanted the larger giraffe to extend way above the top of the tree, so to do this I had to cut the giraffe in half at the base of his neck. I then adhered the head/neck portion towards the top of the card. My original plan was to keep all of the elements within that rectangle background piece, but overlapping the top edge and “going out of bounds” really emphasized my very tall giraffe.

Next, I adhered the bottom portion of the giraffe towards the bottom of the card and the tree trunk over the top of both pieces. A little layering of the leafy portions with a few adhered using dimensional adhesive gives the tree more visual interest.

 

I also used dimensional adhesive on the smaller giraffe to bring him more forward in the scene.

I stamped a sentiment from this stamp set on a My Favorite Things patterned paper, die-cut the sentiment with another die from the Blueprints 31 and matted the piece on dark brown cardstock.

Sweet cartoonish giraffes are sure to bring a smile!

Hope you enjoyed my card for today and thanks for stopping by!

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Copic Coloring on Neenah Desert Storm

 

 

Hi there! Today’s card is a simple design, but simple can be a very effective way of placing focus on the message or intent of your card and allows a cute colored image to really take center stage. I wanted a lot of white space on this, but not white in the literal sense, so I used 100lb. Neenah Environment Desert Storm cardstock.

This cardstock is slightly lighter in color than kraft and you can get really interesting results with Copics on it. Be forewarned, though- your Copic colors will look very different on this than on white cardstock. I recommend testing all colors that you plan to use first on a piece of this cardstock before starting to color your image. You will need to go quite a bit darker with your shades than you might think. If you like coloring on the Desert Storm as much as I do, you might want to print off a Copic color chart on the cardstock for easy reference in future projects.

I used the My Favorite Things You Make My Tail Wag stamp set and I stamped the dog first using the MISTI, leaving plenty of room above the dog for my sentiment and the paw prints. I then masked the dog and stamped the dish. Poor little guy looks so sad his dish is empty.

 

I stamped the sentiment and paw prints also from this set and finished it off with a small strip of patterned paper to ground it just a bit.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and thanks for stopping by!

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Drawing a Background Scene

 

Hi there! Today’s card is all about the background. Sometimes you don’t have quite the stamp you’re looking for to create your scene and you have to improvise. I wanted my little chameleon to chill on some big volcanic rocks (think Hawaii here) and I had some tropical plant and flower stamps, but no big rocks. Out came the Copic multi-liner pen.

First I die-cut 80lb. Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock using the My Favorite things Dome Frame Die-namics. I’m loving this die right now, so prepare to see it used again soon. I first had to stamp the Chameleon from the My Favorite Things Polynesian Paradise stamp set using the MISTI. I allowed plenty of room beneath for the large rocks. I then stamped the orange and gold plants from the My Favorite Things Blissful Blooms stamp set below the chameleon towards the bottom left, masking off the smaller gold plant before stamping the larger plant behind it. Now I was ready to draw the rocks and sand. Using a Copic multi-liner, I first draw an irregular line across the bottom of the scene at the base of the plants. This area was for the sand. I then began drawing from each side of the chameleon down towards the sand line. I added a few smaller rocks to the side and in front of the large rock.

I was now ready to color and I chose to start with the sky. I die-cut 2 small clouds from the My Favorite Things Puffy Clouds Die-namics and taped one to each side at the top, overlapping the edges, and masked the stamped images. I also had to mask the rocks and sand. The nice thing about eclipse tape with masking is the ability to see through it. I cut a large piece of the tape, laid it across the scene and traced the rock/sand outline. I cut along the outline and voila! Masked rocks and sand. You could use ink daubers at this point for the sky, but I used the Copic airbrush system for a clean even coverage. I colored the rest of my scene with Copics and added a little pebble rock area for more interest at the bottom.

 

I adhered my scene to the card base centered on a sunny patterned paper from a Hobby Lobby Paper Studio paper pad matted on orange cardstock and adhered the stitched dome frame portion of the die-cut to my scene. I finished it off with stamped, colored and die-cut hibiscus on the left side and a flower cluster popped up with dimensional adhesive on the right from the Polynesian Paradise stamp set and coordinating Die-namics. A simple Hawaiian sentiment at the bottom and my tropical chameleon paradise is complete!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and thanks for stopping by!

 

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Welcome!

 

 

Hi there and welcome to my first post on my brand new blog! I’m really excited to share my creative adventures and today I’m sharing a card using the new My Favorite Things “Cuddly Koalas” stamp set. Who doesn’t love a koala? These little guys are adorable!

I first die-cut the background from 80lb. Neenah Solar Crest White cardstock using the My Favorite Things Stitched dome frames die-namics. I then drew a line for the ground using a Copic multiliner pen, cut a mask for the ground using eclipse tape and inked the sunrise above the masked area with Memento ink in Cantaloupe and Dandelion using a sponge dauber.

I removed the mask and colored the ground with Copic markers and adhered this piece towards the bottom right of a 4 ” x 5 1/4″ piece of white cardstock. Then, I adhered the stitched frame portion of the die-cut to the background piece.

I colored the koala, branch and tree with Copics and die-cut each image with the coordinating die-namics dies, adhering them to the right side of the background.

For the sentiment, I punched a label shape from My Favorite Things patterned paper using an EK Success punch, stamped the sentiment (this is a HeroArts stamp) and matted the punched shape on kraft cardstock.  I punched a small hole in the left side of the label and tied a piece of twine through the hole. Then, I adhered the label shape using dimensional adhesive. I chose a dark brown cardstock for the card base to really make the koala scene pop.

Hope you enjoyed my card for today and thanks for stopping by!