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;

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

Day 29 – Hello Gorgeous

I loved this stunning IO stamp set from the first time I saw it and thanks to the outstanding video(s) from Sandy Allnock I have coloured the giraffe with cheap alcohol markers and it really looks like a giraffe.
Oké, a special one that’s true because this is a giraffe with a scarf, LOL.
Also a big thanks to Heidi,, for sending me the great SN acohol marker proof ink pad.

I first stamped the scarf and then masked that off with masking paper to stamp the giraffe. I also extended the giraffe on the bottom, like Sandy did in her video, with a black artist marker.

Because the colours Sandy has used go together so well I decided to keep the same colour palette.
Then the colouring started and I noticed very quickly that I had to do it in smaller parts otherwise the markers wouldn’t blend very well. I have to say that while using them the flow of the ink went better and also the blending. It’s by far not perfect because I hardly use the markers, so I don’t know them well but it was fun to use them.
If you don’t know Sandy Alnock and her great art, you would be very surprised to read that my shadow colour was a purple hue. She uses that often and I must say, scary as it was, it is great shadowing with purple!

Giraffe met tools
When the colouring of the giraffe was finished I noticed that my colours bled beyond the stamping lines.
I know that you can use a colourless blender to fix that but it didn’t work here. So I decided that I would colour the scarf first and then I would fussy cut my giraffe.
Because the tufts on top of his head are difficult to cut out proper I will cut them off and stamp them on the panel first before I adhere the cut out giraffe on it.
The few fringes that hang outside the image I will draw by hand.

This is going to be the front of a pop up card, so in a later post you can see the finishing of the front and the inside. Stay safe and happy colouring!

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

Used Materials

Sandy Allnock blog:
Sandy Allnock blog post Baby Giraffe :
Sandy Allnock YouTube video Baby Giraffe:
Alcohol marker friendly paper
Impression Obsession stamp set. Baby Giraffe
Spectrum Noir Finesse Noir Black ink, this is a alcohol proof dye ink.
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Marker S Black
Unbranded Alcohol Markers
Uniball Signo White gel pen