The Coloring Challenge Day 10 – Hello Gorgeous

On the front of this card I used the Giraffe image I coloured a while ago, see the post about this here.
I mentioned in the post that the marker ink had bled outside the lines and that I would fussy cut the image. Because the tufts on top of his head are difficult to cut out properly I cut them off and stamped them on a new panel, which I also did with the fringes.
Before I fussy cut the image I placed the panel on top of the new panel in to my TH stamping tool to position my stamp precisely and picked it up with my tool door.
I removed the image and inked only the upper part of the stamp to stamp the tuffs. After the ink was dry I placed the coloured image back on top to position the scarf for the missing fringes. I inked only the small parts I needed and stamped it on my uncoloured panel. This are the times I’m so glad I have a stamping tool.
While the panel was drying I fussy cut the image and made all the cut edges black with a marker.
I glued the giraffe on top of the stamped parts and it fitted like a glove. If you don’t know it you will never see that it is stamped twice.
I put this aside for now together with a black panel that I cut slightly bigger and my folded base card.

If you have read the earlier posts then you know that this giraffe was intended to be for the pop-up 18th birthday card (see here) but I couldn’t match it with the cupcakes inside. So I used it on today’s card which is also a pop-up card but of a whole different kind.
The pop-up inside is a flower bouquet and instead of writing down how to make it I will reference to a great post on Jennifer McGuire’s blog where Rina Krupsky (daughter of Gina K) was guest designer and made the pop-up flowers, on the blog you can find also a video how to make them. It’s easy and fun to make.

I did a few things a little different, instead of fussy cutting the leaves I used the top of a wavy die, if you want to do this also a tip: use thin paper. My paper was a little thicker than normal paper, 180 gr., and I had to run the die with the paper 10-12 times trough the machine for each flower before it cut through all the folded  layers.
I also cut the stamen with a die from the same colour as the folded card. I glued the stamen in the middle of the flower before I followed the instruction Rina gives on how to assemble the bouquet. When this was finished I put my bouquet aside.

The evening before I put some Tombow Multi Mono Glue on the back of my stencil and let that dry overnight, this way the glue is repositionable.
I positioned the stencil in the lower left corner and used a blending brush and Picket Fence to colour.
When finished I put the stencil in the same way to the upper right corner and repeated the process.
I put it aside to dry. That didn’t take long because it was a thin layer.

In the meanwhile I cut a strip of black cardstock and stamped my sentiment with VersaMark before adding  white embossing powder on top of that. After I heat embossed the sentiment I let it cool down for a few moments and cut the strip in the right size and on both sides I cut a fishtail.

When all parts where finished I assembled the card.
First I glued the black and giraffe panel on to the front of the card.
Then the pop-up flower bouquet was adhered as shown in Rina’s video in the inside of the card.
And the last part was the sentiment strip that I adhered with some foam tape also in the inside.
I was so very happy with this card, I love how it turned out and hope the birthday girl will love it to.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used Materials

Jennifer McGuire’s blog post with Guest Rina Krupsky Pop-up Flowers;
https://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2019/01/guest-artist-rina-krupsky-with-pop-up-floral-card.html

The used materials for the Giraffe panel you can find here

Papicolor Cardstock Mustard Yellow and Black
Papicolor Paper Black, Mustard Yellow and White
Marker Friendly White cardstock
Sentiment stamps by Nicole Verkooijen (Hello Gorgeous)
Nellie Snellen Die set Wavy Ovals for the petal outline of the flowers
Marianne Design Die set LR0111 Frame for the stamen
Studio Katia Mandala Stencil
Distress Ink Picked Fence
Blending Brush
Marianne Design Stamp CS0960 Gefeliciteerd, this is Dutch which translates into Congratulations
VersaMark (sticky ink for embossing)
Ranger Embossing powder Superfine Detail White
Heat tool

The Coloring Challenge Day 8 – Finally Finished

Finally finished my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils Hex Charts.
I started this project, you won’t believe it, in April 2020 during the 16th 30 Day Coloring Challenge.
The (empty) Chart is made by Sandy Allnock.
Here you can find her blog: http://sandyallnock.com/ and this is the site where you can purchase this and other Hex Charts:  https://art-classes.com/product-category/color-charts/

I learned during colouring these that some colours really turned out different on the different colours of paper.  So it wasn’t a waste of time colouring on other papers too.
What I also learned was that the Kraft and Black coloured paper from my stash are not papers I love to work on with my coloured pencils.
I didn’t love how the colours turned out on the paper and on the black paper it looks like I used chalk instead of coloured pencil. Something I will keep in mind in case I wanted a chalky look (LOL).
What I will do is when I want to use another brand of paper with my pencils I will print a Hex Chart on the same paper and will fill it only with the colours I use on that moment or wanted to use.
That takes a lot less time and I will see immediately how the colours are on that specific paper.

If you’re not familiar with Hex Charts, here is a blog post in which I talk about it in depth
https://henriettecreativelyhappy.wordpress.com/2020/04/26/day-20-of-the-30-day-coloring-challenge-hex-chart/

The Coloring Challenge Day 8 – Coloured Strips

In one of the earlier videos (I even think the video is from a few years ago.) made by Kathy Racoosin (aka The Daily Marker and organizer of the Challenges) I noticed that she had coloured strips in her tin/case with pencils.
I loved that idea and made them for in my Faber Castell Polychromos Colour Pencil wooden case.
So much easier to find my pencils in this way and to put them back at the right spot after using them

Although you didn’t mention it in the video because it wasn’t about that, I only saw it, I wanted to say thank you so much Kathy for this great idea!

The Coloring Challenge Day 4 – Sea – a masculine card

Making a men’s card is not always easy, but sometimes an idea comes up and everything works. And that happened with this card.

I started with a white piece of cardstock to blend with different blue Distress colours the sky and the ocean.

While the panel was drying I die cut my ocean set and rope.
With different colours of ink I shaded my die cuts and coloured with Zig markers some parts of the boat.
I cut a card base from blue cardstock and placed my die cuts on top to see where and how I would stamp the fishnet on to my background panel. I used the acetate front that’s in the package when you buy your stamp, as a guide.

I made a slit in the background just big enough to insert a small portion of the bottom of the boat. This way the boat appears to be sailing in the water instead of on it.
I glued the boat, seagull and pole to the background panel with 3D glue for dimension. After this I stamped the fishnet on the panel over the pole, as if it is hanging in front of it.
After the ink was dry I placed the panel on top of my card base en glued, again with my 3D glue, the rope to my card. And that finished this card and I totally love how this card turned out.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used Materials

Blue Linen cardstock for the card base
White Velvet Cardstock, this is similar to Elizabeth Crafts Soft Finish cardstock
Different shades of Blue Distress Ink for the sky and ocean
Tim Holtz Blending brush
Marianne Design Die set CR1279 Tiny’s Ocean Set
Marianne Design Die set LR0418 Rope
Scraps of different colours cardstock for die cutting
Different shades of Distress Ink and Oxide to colour and highlight some areas of the die cuts
Zig markers to colour some part of the die cut boat
Marianne Design Stamp TC0839 Tiny’s Fishnet
Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke to stamp the Fishnet
Olba 3D glue, this is a odourless glue specially for dimension

The Coloring Challenge Day 2

Yesterday the Coloring Challenge by Kathy Racoosin aka The Daily Marker started.
Usually it’s a challenge that takes 30 days but this time a shorter one, 10 days.
This is my first post for the challenge.

I blended with a stencil and two colours Distress ink a background.
Die cut the flowers from white and made the stems yellow with ink to make sure I had the same yellow colour.
Cut a strip for my sentiment from blue cardstock and made a card base from the same colour.
I stuck my sentiment on to the strip with alphabet stickers in Dutch which translates into Congratulations.

I glued the stencilled background to the blue card base and for the flowers and sentiment strip I used foam tape for dimension.

That’s my card for this day, which was fun and easy to make. Hopefully this will give the birthday girl a sunny feeling even though it is still cold here.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used Materials

White cardstock, brand unknown
Clarity Stamps Art Stencil Abstract Squares 2
TH Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade and Salty Ocean
TH Distress Blending Brushes
Leane Creatief Multi Die Flowers 008
Blue cardstock for my card base and the sentiment strip
Alphabet stickers for the sentiment.