Hello crafters. I don’t know if you have all read the news over at The Alley Way Stamps, but Alison is closing down the store. I’m super sad about this, because I have enjoyed working with the stamps a lot – the images and sentiments are just so much fun! But there’s at least something positive in this for you: all stamps are marked down, but you can only buy them as long as supplies last. There won’t be restocks. So, if you have a set you have been holding out on, get it while you can.
It’s been a while since I have used my colored pencils, hasn’t it? I thought it was about time I showed them some love and I also wanted to try if I could create a rainbow gradient on kraft, staying true to my mantra “If you can do it the hard way, why do it the easy way?” Blending rainbow colors is much harder than blending different shades of the same color, but that’s what I wanted.
I was also curious if I could use my Scan ’n Cut machine to create a window card and I was delighted to find out that it works just fine. It cut perfectly through the card stock and with the border setting set to 1mm I was then able to stamp through the opening on the inside of the card.
You’ve seen me use my colored pencils many times before and I did the same thing I always do: work in layers. I start out with a very light application of color, and then go over it numerous times until I am happy with the coverage. It’s very important to start with a light hand; only with it will you be able to blend colors smoothly through the layers.
I could have just left it with the bird, but I wanted the front of the card decorated as well, almost like a winter sky but …more colorful 🙂 Once I was done with that, the bird on the inside blended a little too well with the front, so – in a sudden stroke of genius – I grabbed my white gel pen and traced around the stamped image. I think that makes it look just awesome against the kraft background and it gives it the right amount of contrast.
Oh, and for those of you who looked close enough: yes, I have added a bit of detail with my black fine line pen. Like the eye lashes (couldn’t resist) and the little lines around the scarf and hat. Blame Kathy Racoosin for this. I hope you got inspired and have maybe even learned something new today.
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I’m also sending this card off to the following challenges: Case This Sketch has a very interesting sketch; and Simon Say Stamp has the theme “Thinking of You”; and The Friday Mashup asks for a winter theme – well, I sure hope my winter bird qualifies.