Today’s card is a “just because” summertime card. It’s for my daughter who loves receiving cards at her office, especially when they’re not tied to any special occasion. I’ve always told her she was the cat’s meow, and now she’ll have a card that puts it in writing. Just because.
I don’t normally use “cutesy” stamps, but I have to admit that many of them offer great opportunities to practice one’s coloring skills. Today’s card features the cute kitty Fibi. Or is it Lilly? I don’t remember, and the stamp set was discontinued years ago. My guess is she’s “Fibi.” And I was smiling by the time I’d finished coloring her.
Sometimes a little cutesy is just what we need.
Summertime fun – colored with Copics
I colored Fibi with Copics alcohol markers, and as I discovered while creating one of my most recent cards, it really IS like riding a bike. After a few wobbly starts, it was smooth sailing. However, I’d never colored sand before and needed a tutorial. After watching a few, I landed on this one from My Creative Scoop. After a few tries on scrap paper, I proceeded to color the stamped image – and I’m quite happy with the results! As a bonus, I also learned how to do a basic ocean/sky background, which I’d also never done before. It’s so much nicer than just coloring a stamped image and leaving it on its white background.
I also signed up for a couple of her Copics tutorials, too. The blog owner (Mindy) has a lovely teaching style. Go check her blog out!
As for my card, let’s let the pictures do the rest of the talking.
As usual, I’ve inked most of the edges, even the white die cut circle. Inking the edges, either in matching or contrasting colors, seems to “finish” the edges, especially patterned papers which have a white core to them. Or, as is the case with the Nestabilities die cut caption label, inking the edges “corrals” the sentiment. Of course, rusty me forgot to ink the edges of the turquoise CS, but with everything else happening on this card, I hardly notice. (This time.)
The three little banner tags… well… let me just say that if you feel you MUST add a pattern of some sort, try to do it BEFORE you attach them all together. It would have looked much more natural if I had stamped them first and then stuck them together, but by then I’d fiddled with them long enough and said “to heck with it.” Next time…
I tend to put some sort of ribbon or other textured doodad on most of my cards (it’s almost a physical thing – I HAVE to do it!), but this one called for something a little more rustic than silk or seam binding, so with my trusty homemade bow maker and some hemp twine, I tied a multi-loop bow and attached it to the lower left corner of the card.
And because bow knots are usually plain and boring, I felt this one needed a little something beach-related. A tiny shell would have been perfect, but guess what – I have NO tiny shells in my stash! Not one! So, I stamped the starfish, colored it with Copics, then covered it with Glossy Accents. I cut it out, inked the edges with black, and attached it to the bow with glue dots. Much nicer, I think. Though looking at it close, I see all manner of roughness to it. Sort of like a real starfish.
A little stitching around the patterned layer, and my summer card was finished.
Now it’s your turn to find a stamp set, cutesy or not, and give your coloring skills a try. Doesn’t have to be with Copics – watercolor pencils or markers will do just fine. Then come back and share your creations with us. We’d love to read what “summertime fun” means to you!
Until then, happy crafting!