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Bart Loves Christmas

Hi everyone, today I have this cute Christmas card to show you. Sorry for the bad lighting during the colouring process, it’s going towards winter where I live and natural light is really bad earlier in the day, but than again I don’t like waiting until after 12 to start colouring! Let’s get started!

Step 1:

I started my project by stamping this wonderful digital image by Whimsy Stamps (“Bart Loves Christmas”) onto alcohol marker friendly paper. Than I coloured the image using my Spectrum Noir (original) TriBlend Alcohol markers: each marker contains three colours from the same colour family.

I started with the Pale Pink Shades marker for the belly and the bottom parts of the wings of the dragon. After colouring I made the pink colour a little bit lighter using the Blender marker so it wouldn’t be too pink.

Step 2:

Next I coloured the green parts of the dragon and I also used a little of the lightest colour in the Jade Green Blend Marker to add a little green tot the belly, toning it down a bit. This green marker I combined with the Jade Green Shades Marker mainly for the middle and darkest colour in this marker. This way I can give more depth and dimension to my image, than just using the three colours from the Jade Green Blend Marker. If your colouring turns out too dark you can slightly lighten the colours using the Blender marker.

Add as many layers to your project until you are happy with how it looks! Usually I add about 5 or 6 layers before it looks like anything I enjoy.

Step 3:

For the yellow/gold elements I used a combination of the Citrus Blend and Gold Yellow Blend Marker.

For the blue elements I used the True Blue Blend and the True Blue Shades Markers. The blue decoration is not a solid item, try to add some texture during the colouring process for extra dimension.

Step 4:

For the red decorations I used the lightest colour in the Pale Pink Shades marker that I used before as well as the Dark Red Blend Marker. Around the image I used the middle tone in the Citrus Blend Marker and the Ice Grey Blend Marker (at the bottom of one foot).

After all the colouring is done I added some highlights using a white gel pen and then fussy cut the image leaving a small border.

All TriBlend Markers used on today’s project you can find here:

Step 5:

Now that my colouring is done I can focus on my background design: for this I die cut a rectangle panel two sizes smaller than my card base from creme coloured card stock. Onto this panel I stamped my sentiment (from the Clearly Besotted “Feeling Sentimental” stamp set) using black ink.

Next I used a blending foam and some Spectrum Noir Harmony Water-Reactive Ink in the colour “Staw Bale” in combination with a stencil ( TCW2163) to create the star shape design in the background. If you go over the stencil design more often the colour will darken and if you only hit it lightly the colour will stay lighter.

On the bottom part I splatterd with some Spectrum Noir Metallic ink in the colour “Silver Ingot” (covering up the top part with a piece of scrap paper) and to create a firmer ground for the dragon to stand on I added some alcohol marker in the same Ice Grey colour that I used for colouring. I looks strange at this stage but it will work out nicely in the end!

Step 6:

I die cut a slightly larger rectangle panel from some matching dark red card stock and adhered both rectangle panels together using liquid glue. This combination I adhered to my creme coloured card base using one millimetre thick foam tape. And to finisch my card project I now only have to adhere the dragon on top using one millimetre thick foam tape!

Detail picture:

And that is it for today’s card project! I wish you a creative day!

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