Let’s get funky today! The card I am sharing with you today was made to demonstrate how you can use Christmas stamps all year round. This super cute deer, which was released last year by Purple Onion Designs, is part of their Christmas collection. But I think the little guy is way too cute to not use throughout the entire year.
I started out by stamping him with My Favorite Things Black Licorice ink and then coloring him with my Polychromos pencils. As I’ve said a number of times, the best way to use colored pencils is by working in layers. The first layer usually just helps me to get a better impression of where the shadows and highlights are and I put down the colors as lightly as I possibly can. In subsequent players, I refine those areas and only when I am absolutely sure I start applying more pressure. If you apply pressure to soon, you work the color into the paper too much to change it up later on.
Once my deer was done, I created my watercolor background with the Gansai Tambi watercolors. You can use any watercolor medium that you prefer for this, though. When I created this card, I hadn’t yet put much thought into which colors would work well together and which wouldn’t. The trick is to work in the order of the color wheel. While it’s possible to mix yellow and blue, and a blue and green, you can see that yellow and purple is a bit more tricky. You end up with an orange color. And pink and green really isn’t that great of a combination. If I would make this card again, I would certainly take that into consideration.
After this had dried, I punched some stars into my card front, and then covered a piece of black card stock with glitter and glued it behind my card front. Lastly, I outlined the deer and the sentiment with white gel pen to make it pop.
I hope you got inspired and had fun with today’s card. Catch you again soon! And I am getting back into challenges, so this one goes off to the Stempelküche Challenge “Anything Goes”.