Some of the best news are the ones you never ever expect: for example an email from the one and only Gerda Steiner asking me if I could maybe consider joining her Design Team. Needless to say, a lot of squealing followed (much to the dismay of my cat) and I wondered if maybe my expression of joy was loud enough to be heard across the ocean in California 😉
I’m terribly honored to announce that I’ll be joining the design team of Gerda Steiner and hopefully do a good job of showing you just how awesome her digi stamps are – and she now also has rubber stamps! Let’s get on with the first card I made for the team!
With Halloween creeping up on us, Gerda has released a new digi stamp this weekend – an adorable Ghost Kitty. I had to laugh so hard when I saw that image – it reminds me of my cat. She always crawls underneath towels, bedsheets, plastic wrappers and when I take her picture, then she looks at me just like this Ghost Kitty does.
I paired the kittie with two other stamps from Gerda, the witch and the boy in the tiger costume. These two and a few other characters are also availble as rubber stamps here. I just thought they’d be totally hilarious as a group and also I wanted to exercise my Copics a bit. Here’s a close up:
As you can see, I’m still far away from being able to do hair properly, but I’ve ordered some additional colors which will hopefully not blend together quite as much and give me more structure. For the boy’s costume, I first laid down my colors, going from dark to light, and then, on the second pass, I dabbed by brush tip down to create little dots and create the illusion of a fluffy fur. The costume’s belly was decorated with a white opaque gel pen so it wouldn’t appear “empty”.
I also sprinkled a few 4mm sequins from Pretty Pink Posh across the card to add some bling and interest – love this size; I can add more sequins to a card without overloading it.
Copic Colors used here:
- Costume: V01, V05, V06, V09 // Y11, Y15, YR16 // N3
- Hair: E33, E35, E37
- Skin: E00, E11, E13
- Costume: G40, G43, G46
- Face: E00, E11, E13
- Costume: N0, N1, N3, N5
- Paws/Ears: N3, N5 // R20
- Basket: Y15, YR16
- Presents: G40, G43, G46
Not sure how well you can see it, but I embellished the card base and black panel a bit as well. The orange card base was stamped with the Teeny Star Backdrop by DeNami Design, the black panel with a pair of eyes from The Alley Way Stamps “Bumps in the Night” and then embossed with clear embossing powder. The “speech bubble effect” was created by die cutting the edge with Lawn Fawn’s Speech Bubble die.
|I also added some sparkle to the witch#s hat – all the stars have a coating of yellow Wink of Stella Marker.|
|And I also added then same yellow glitter marker to the little treat bag the cat is carrying.|
|And of course I added a coating of Glossy Accents to the cat’s eyes to make them shine and also add a teeny bit of dimension.|
Last but not least I also needed a sentiment. I masked off an area at the bottom when I stamped the background so I would have space for the sentiment. I used Lawn Fawn’s Milo’s ABC to create my own sentiment (love this stamp set!). I stamped it with Versamark and then embossed it with WOW Black Twinkle embossing powder.
As you can see it just sparkles gorgeously! And because I’m cheeky I added a sentiment on the inside as well, because I though the kitty looked like she was thinking exactly this:
I hope you had fun with this first card I made for the Gerda Steiner design team and please head over to her store here to check out her super cute images!
I’d love to hear from you what you think about the card! Thanks for stopping by!
- Gerda Steiner Ghost Kitty
- Gerda Steiner Tiger Kid
- Gerda Steiner Little Witch
- DeNami Design Teeny Star Backdrop
- The Alley Way Stamps Bump in the night
- Pretty Pink Posh 4mm sequins Tangerine
- Pretty Pink Posh 4mm sequins Onyx
- Pretty Pink Posh 4mm sequins Orchid
- Pretty Pink Posh 4mm sequins Shamrock
- (full list of Copic Sketch markers used – see article)
I’m also adding this card to the following challenges: Marker Pop #53 Anything Goes; In(k)spire Me #167, because their theme is Fall/Halloween and I do think this fits ;); Keep it Simple challenge, which asks us for “Threes” – well, my gang fits that description, too; and lastly the Crazy 4 Challenges #256 because it asks us to use purple, green, and orange … now if that isn’t a good fit, I don’t know 🙂