Polly and Her Pup- step-by step tutorial!

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A few posts ago, I featured a halloween card with a background technique I was trying for the first time.  I had a few people ask how I created the background, so when I thought about what I’d like to do with this adorable image, I thought it would be fun to give a tutorial a try.  Video isn’t really a medium that I’m familiar with, so this is more of a photographic step-by-step.  I would love to get feedback!  Here goes!

wmEditWhen using digital images, I start my layouts in Microsoft Word.  I opened a new project, adjusted my paper size and margins, then inserted 2CuteInk’s image “Penny and Her Pup”.  I have a layout in mind for the snow underfoot (more on that below!), so I decided to edit out the snowline in the image.  I used the remove background tool to mark the areas that I wanted to keep (like the copyright mark) and which I wanted to remove.

wmSentimentOnce I was happy with the layout of the image, I added the sentiment using a simple text box.

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Here I’m using Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock, which I have cut to size and printed two copies of the image.  (I’ll explain the second copy shortly.)

I’m starting with the hair because hair is my nemesis- if I completely stink it up, I can start over without having invested a lot into coloring the image.  I’m going brunette here because it’s the color combination I feel most comfortable with.  I’m using Copic colors E31, E33, E35, E37, E39.  I promise I’ll practice my hair skills.

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Next, I’m working on the skin.  I could use more practice in skin, too, but I feel more comfortable with it than hair.  The combination I’m using for skin here is E51, E33 and E11.wmSkin

For the clothing, I’m using BG10, BG11, BG32, BG53, BV00, BV01, BV02, BV04, BV08 and for shoes, T3, T5, T7 and T9.  The cute little pup is colored with E41, E42, E43 and E44. wmDraftColorI’m pretty pleased with the coloring so far, but see that blooper under the boots?  Yup, I dropped my marker, which means the layout I had in mind is probably not going to work.  The marker I dropped was on the darker side of the spectrum, so even though I doused it thoroughly with Colorless Blender, it’s not budging.  Sometimes Colorless Blender can clean up mistake enough so that I can work around the blooper easily.  In this case, not so much. Since that area is intended to be snow, I can’t really camouflage the mark unless I cover it with a darker color.  I really don’t want to do that, so I’m going to have to be a little more creative.,,

wmDiecutI’ve decided to keep true to the picture I had in my mind, but just go about it a little differently.  I’ve decided to partial die cut a snow line using the “Stitched Hillside Border” from Lawn Fawn.  I’ve cut a bit around the shoes and the pup so I can nestle the die in there to give the impression that Polly and her pup are standing in the snow.  I ran this through the Cuttlebug exactly as it is.

 

wmMasksRemember that extra copy I printed?  I have cut in the image lines to create a “mask”.  I’ve cut this into two pieces because the leash is colored black and really doesn’t need to be masked in this case.

I use Stencil Magic Stencil Adhesive to paint the back of the masks.  It’s repositionable, doesn’t harm the colored image, and the masks are reusable if they are stored on a transparency sheet.  I line the masks up over the colored image and now it’s safe for airbrushing.wmMaskingwmAirbrushFrom bottom to top, I’m using BV23, BV20, B00, B01, and B02 to create the gradations in the sky.  A tip I’ve picked up along the way:  you’ll use one hand to steady the page, it is much easier to clean up if that hand is gloved.

 

My next step was to clean up my die cut line.  I happened to have some pearlescent paper on hand that I cut to size and wmEmbellishattached to the back of the image.  It made for a pretty decent solution to fix my marker drop boo-boo.  Once I had the square secured, I started embellishing the sky background to create a snowy scene.  I first made dots with the colorless blender to subtly remove color, creating a transparent effect.  I then went in with my Uniball Signo to add in bright white dots, followed by using Marvy Liquid Applique to add in some 3D ‘flakes’.  To finish off the background, I glued on few white and iridescent sequins in different sizes.

wmFinalWith a deep violet, solid color mat, I put it all together to complete the card.

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Prayers For Paris

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I will never forget the horror and fear and anger that I felt on 9/11 and the days after.  I pray that the people of Paris and all of those touched by this ungodly act are blanketed with love and support and peace.

wmParisMoonlight Greetings~

Paris je t’aime

Ink: Tsukineko Momento Tuxedo Black

Images: Newton’s Nook Designs “Newton Dreams of Paris

Pattern Paper: Recollections “Home Basics” Paper Pad

Copic Markers: R22, R24, R27, R39, W1, W3, W3, R00, B21, B23, B18, YG67, G28

entered into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge– Thinking of You

Wizarding Halloween

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Happy Halloween!  I picked up this exclusive digistamp when I joined the super fabulous 2CuteInk Digi Club and couldn’t wait to give it a go.  I had a ton of fun making this card.  The night sky background is a combination of two sets of gradient colors around the groovy little pumpkin wizard, to which  I added some ‘glowing orbs’ with the colorless blender marker and colorless blender in a mini mister.  I think the effect is pretty cool.  I colored the pumpkin in honor of my favorite little wizard, then finished it off with some sequin stars.

Moonlight Greetings~Wizarding Halloween

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Image: 2CuteInk Club Exclusive “Harry Potter Pumpkin”

Copic Markers: YR12, YR15, YR18, R35, R56, R59, Y35, Y17, Y19, G94, G99, B91, B97, B99, BV20, BV23, BV34, W1

Time for Tea

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Popping in to share a blank notecard using a new-to-me technique.  I was tooling around in Circut Design Space and came across this lovely tea cup image and I knew it would make a beautiful stencil.  I colored it in and chose to make it the background for a lovely Irish Blessing and embellished with sequins.  I love the simplicity and overall effect.

If you are interested in purchasing this card or any of my other lovelies, visit my online store.

magicaltea600Moonlight Greetings~Time for Tea

Image: Teacup, Cricut Wall Decor and More

Copic Markers: YR23, Y35, YG97, G99, YR27, E19, R89

Entered into Brown Sugar Challenge #169

Fun, Sun and Sand

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Wow!  It’s been two months since I’ve posted last.  They say time flies when you’re having fun, but that excuse is only for the first week that I was away.  My family and I went on a wonderful vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina that was oodles of fun.  I especially had fun with my daughter jumping waves for hours each day.  We had taken her to the beach when was very young and she *hated* the waves!  This trip I could barely drag her out of the waves and it gave me the warm fuzzies to see how much joy she found on the beach.

Unfortunately, that wonderful family time was followed up by a long bout of a yet-to-be officially diagnosed nerve issues that are cause me to lose feeling in my left hand.  No fun.

But, fortunately, I am not left-hand dominant, so I am still able to color and create.  Here’s my tribute to our happy little vacation.  And if you take a fancy to it and must have one of your own, just “Click to Shop” on the sidebar and pick it up in my brand spanking new Handmade by Amazon shop.

wmFlipFlopsMoonlight Greetings ~ Life is Better in Flip Flops

Image: Newton’s Nook Designs “Beach Bum” (Digital Freebie!)

Die Cuts: Lawn Fawn “Stitched Hills” and “Ocean Waves”

Copic Markers: E31, E33, E34, E35, RV21, RV14, G02, G05, G09

Brew Up Some Fun

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I *heart* coffee. So much. So it was no surprise when I was browsing through the Fresh Brewed Designs shop that I got a bit giddy when I spied this little beauty.  How adorable is this spooky little latte? I colored it up in my favorite Halloween colors and layered it with some snazzy Halloween themed papers in this fun layout. I love the googlied-eyed spider and the ‘Boo” swirl of steam.

wmBooCoffee_InsideMoonlight Greetings ~ Boo Coffee

Image: Fresh Brewed Designs “Boo! Spooky Latte”

Pattern Paper: K & Company “Halloween by Kelly Panacci”

Copic Sketch Markers: BV11, BV13, BV17, BV20, YR02, YR04, YR07, YG21, YG03, YG25, C0, C1

Entered in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Food and/or Drink

Homegrown Summer

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I think I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy participating in challenges.  This weekend, Passionate Paper Creations posted a Power Poppy challenge using the Sunflower Power digital stamp set.  I don’t color a lot of flowers, but sunflowers are one of favorite flowers, so I wanted to give it a go.  When planning the layout, I wanted to accomplish two things; 1. to only use materials I already had and 2. to try a layout I’ve never used before.  So I dug through my recently organized supplies and pulled out a paper pad that had the rich, complementary colors I was looking for and used a ribbon ‘rescued’ from a birthday gift, so a big ‘check!’ for number one.  To accomplish my second goal, I decided to try an easel card.  I tend not to make specialty fold cards, because although I think of my cards as art, I also like them to be practical- to fit in a standard envelope and be easy to mail and that can sometimes be a challenge with specialty folds.  Using this twisted easel fold, I was able to use a fancy fold and make it practical. Another ‘check!”  I’m really happy with how this card turned out and so glad I gave the flowers a chance.  (Now I’ve got my eye on a few other Power Poppy flower stamps.)

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Moonlight Greetings~ Homegrown Summer

Image: Power Poppy “Sunflower Power Set”

Pattern Paper: K & Company “Fall Collection by Tim Coffey”, Recollections “Parchment”

Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities “Label Twenty-Two”

Copic Sketch Markers: E41, E42, Y15, Y19, YR04, YR09, G24, G94, G99, E23, E25, E27, E27, E39, E49

Entered into Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge