Christmas greetings, monster style! Today’s card was a fun project I created for a German crafty friend, Jessa. You have seen me feature Jessa’s work before – she’s the creator of the fantastic free digi stamps I used here. She loves monsters and not-so-cute images, so that’s where I went with my christmas card for her.
I started out by stamping the monster from Stempelbar, then masked off the lower part and stamped the tree line from Purple Onion Designs. I had to stamp it a few times since the stamp is rather short, but it turned out great! The coloring for the entire card was done with Polychromos pencils on Torchon paper.
As I mentioned in my videos here and here, the trick with colored pencils is to start with a very light hand, then work in layers until you reach the color saturation you like. I love my pencils because they give me so much control over where anything goes, and contrary to the Prismacolor they are also harder, which means I usually don’t have to sharpen them during work on my project.
The sky was colored from the outside in – starting with the darkest color and then working my way towards the inside and the light glow around my monster. With background as large as this, I usually put down 2–3 layers of color and then switch over to my blending stump and solution. You absolutely can color a background with just pencils but I honestly don’t have the patience for that. And of course I had to use my white gel pen and Stardust pen for some stars and snowflakes on the background.
I embellished my monster as well with a few white dots and put red stickles on the hat, and clear stickles on the trimmings of the hat. Some glossy accents on the candy cane gave it some sparkle and shine as well.
Last but not least I stamped the sentiment “Merry Christmas” from Dani Peuss. Love the font and the size of it, it works perfectly with my image.
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope that you’ll find some time to color during the holidays!