Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I wanted to make a card for Valentine's Day for my son. The card I posted the other day was not going to cut it for an 8 year old. So I looked at my images and found one that I thought would work for him. Before making the card I was blog hopping and found a couple of challenges I wanted to join - hey let's kill 2-3 birds with one stone card.

On the Moxie Fab World blog today's challenge is "Create a stamped paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates a stamping with markers technique in an innovative way." On Nicole Heady's blog her Make it Monday Challenge is to use a vellum sentiment strip. Well I failed on Nicole's challenge miserably with this card. I'll have to work on that and maybe post another one later.

BUT I did use vellum on the My Favorite Things Little Loveosaurus, which I turned into a dragon with the help of some fire. The image was stamped on vellum and then colored on the opposite side. The background is watercolor paper, probably not the best material for Copics but my white card stock order has not arrived and I just used the white I had on hand.

I free handed the fire and started coloring with the limited number of markers I have. I used Acid Yellow (Y08) for the base, then when over certain parts with Blush (R20). I knew that I wanted to have a red/orange color but my Lipstick Red (R29) was going to be too harsh and on the watercolor paper probably wouldn't blend well so I scribbled a bit of the red on my craft sheet and used the yellow marker to blend it -- basically using it the way I would it I were using watercolors. I really like the way the fire turned out and think this more than satisfies the challenge of markers used in an innovative way.

One thing I've noticed about using new materials. I generally use them in ways that are innovative because I'm not sure how to use them in the first place. I am always making things up as I go. I really need to find a good Copic class or a tutor so I am using these things properly. Anyone know of a Chicago area class I can take without breaking the bank?

Happy Crafting,


candi said...

I love the flames Katie! Awesome! I love blog hopping because that is where I find the coolest things..

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Very cute! I love the flames.

Cath said...

Hey Katie! Thanks for entering the Stamping with Markers challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Audrey Pettit said...

Just popping over from Moxie Fab to check out your cute card. This is really adorable. I love the little scene you created with the sweet dragon and the fiery breathe. Perfect sentiment to go along, too.