* Holiday Hamster *

Written on Monday, November 10th, 2014

   Today I’m showing off a card that I’m pretty proud of. Well, I’m proud of how the image came out. 😉 I used XMas Hamster from Wee Stamps. Another one of those intimidating images. You’d never think by looking at this little guy that he could be so intimidating! I totally would’ve called my post Christmas Hamster, but I like the alliteration of “Holiday Hamster”. As you can see, I drew in the background. Totally had no idea what I was going to do, just knew I wanted him in a Christmas tree and I wanted his cheeks FULL! Recently, I watched a water coloring video by Dawn of WPlus9 and in it she was talking about the arrogance of the human race and how if we start to see something that looks kind of like something we know that our minds will fill in the blanks with the rest. Kind of like how we can see shapes in clouds. So, I went for this effect in the tree. I really like how it turned out. After coloring the whole thing and making the card, I had to ask myself. What’s in his mouth? I totally didn’t color something he’d been eating! If I were to color it again, I’d add in a popcorn string.

   The only thing Sylvia drew in the background were those circles. I saw them as out of focus Christmas lights. That’s the cool thing about artists! I’ve seen some who have colored it like they were snow. If you were to give the same materials to 30 different crafters, you’d have 30 different creations! Each with their own flair added to it.

   Okay, back to the card. On top of the bulbs, I added glossy accents. You can’t see it or any of the other sparkle I added into the image in either of the photos. To the ornament, I used a silver Spica pen to go over the black stripes I made. On the little green leaves, I added the Melon Spica Pen. On the little swirls in between the leaves, I used the Clear Spica pen, but later went over it with a clear stardust gel pen. I also used the gel pen on his whiskers after adding white gel pen and then coloring over it with a gray. They were getting lost in the tree and if you look at them in real life, they’re traslucent, so I wanted to show them but not have them overpower him.

    I decided he needed to pop, and it needed to be a fancy, non glittery holiday pop. So, I pulled out my black flocking (I’m having so much fun with this stuff!) and 1″ Scor Tape. I just made a rough guess at how far out I may go and put the adhesive around the four sides of a piece of black cardstock. I learned this trick from doing glitter on fingernails. Put the same color base as you are with your top (glitter or flocking), then if you have a bare spot, you can’t tell because it’s all the same color. 😉 Once I had my fun with the flocking, I used my Perfect Layers Rulers to make a 3/8″ border. So now that layer is on a velvet feeling layer. Pretty cool. For the card base, I didn’t know what size I wanted it, but I knew I wanted the image to be centered and the main focus, so I took a sheet of cardstock and scored and folded it in half. Then, once my image was on the velvet layer, I used temporary adhesive to put it down on the card and used a 1/2″ ruler width to make the card shape. After this, I pulled away the velvet panel and popped it up on some foam tape. It’s definitely not a normal size card, but if anyone pulls out a ruler to measure my card, they won’t get another. EVER! I felt the card base needed something because it was looking really plain. So, I pulled out my Boutique Borders by Mama Elephant and stamped the candy cane stripe around the edge. Yes, I was making this card up as I went along and already had the main piece attached. I had to use another piece of cardstock to mask off the image and velvet layer when I was sprinkling the embossing powder because it was wanting to stick to the velvet. Once this was set, I went over all the little spaces that weren’t filled in (this happens when you stamp on textured cardstock) with a white gel pen. Easy peasy, no more little dots. I also didn’t like the corners as they didn’t line up perfectly, so I used a photo corner punch and punched some gold metallic paper, then placed it in the corners. I really think this “finished” it off. Oh, I also used the Jolly & Merry stamp set from Mama Elephant to stamp the first part of my sentiment on the front of my card. On the set, the sentiment reads “May your holidays be” and I wanted Christmas in there instead. Some selective inking of the stamp and then lining up the replacement word meant it would look like that was how it came. 🙂

   For the inside, I continued the sentiment and used “Merry” from the same set and “and bright” as well. For “Merry”, I stamped it using Simon Says Stamp White pigment ink. I have a love/hate relationship with pigment ink. It never comes out looking as nice as everyone else’s. So I had to tinker with it. I went over it with a white Sharpie Marker, and then used a technique I got from Nichol Magouirk where she accents certain parts of the word with a different color.

That’s my card. I’m really booking it this year, but I still have quite a bit to do. But, I’m having a lot of fun. I’ve always tried to make multiples of one card to send to everyone and that just seems to overwhelm me. This way I can make what I want and then send it to the person I feel the card best fits. 🙂

Copics Used

   Face: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44
   Cheeks: R00, R02
   Ears, Feet, & Hands: R0000, R000, E00, E11
   Fur: E42, E43, E44, E47, E49
   Coat: 0, W00, W1, W3; R24, R27, R29, R59, R89
   Red: R24, R27, R29, R59, R89
   Black: 100, W9, W7
   White: 0, T0, T2, T4
   Green: YG13
   Topper: Y15, Y26, Y28
   Greens: YG11, YG13, YG23, YG61, YG63, YG67, YG93, YG97, YG99, G21, G24, G29, G43, G46, G82, G85, G94, G99
   Lights:(one color each) RV52, Y11, YG01, B000



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