Pipa the Elf



Hi everyone, today I would like to show you this cute Elf Christmas card. So, let’s get started!


Step 1:

I started my card project by printing a digital image by Mo’s Digital Pencil (called “Little Elf Pipa”) onto alcohol marker friendly paper. Now I’m ready to start colouring the image. Today’s project is coloured with the Spectrum Noir Triblend Markers, these are alcohol markers and each marker contains three colours in the same colour family, really easy to take with you on vacation!

My first colour is for skin: the Spectrum Noir Triblend marker in “Tan Blend”. Directly from the beginning I start adding my deepest colours in the shadows and keeping my highlights as light as possible, to create a more dimensional look. If a colour turns out to dark I can use the Blender marker to slightly lighten the colour.


Step 2:

Since white is never white white I next coloured those parts, for which I used the Triblend markers in “Ice Grey Blend” and “Brown Grey Shades”. At this point it doesn’t look white but when I have coloured the rest of the images and around it you will see this will look really pretty and your eyes will think these areas are actually white.


Step 3:

For the holly green parts I combined two Triblend markers to create the look I liked: I used the “Aqua Blue Blend” and the “Jade Green Shades”. For the yellow parts I used the “Gold Yellow Blend” Triblend marker.


Step 4:

For my reds I also combined two Triblend markers: “Pale Pink Shades” and “Dark Red Blend”. If I wouldn’t have told you you wouldn’t have guessed that I used a pink as my lightest shade for these red elements. A swatch chart is really helpful for finding colour combos that work together really well!


Step 5:

For the hair of the elf I used “Earth Brown Shades”. And for the Christmas bauble I used my “Dull Green Blend” marker.


Step 6:

Lastly I coloured around the image using my “Jade Green Blend” Triblend marker.

You can find all of the Spectrum Noir Triblend Markers that I used on today’s project HERE!


After the colouring is done I added some highlights back in using a white gel pen and I die cut a square around the image using a square stitched die.


Step 7:

Now that my focal point is ready I can work on my background panel: for this I die cut a rectangle panel from card stock matching the “Jade Green Blend” marker, that I used to colour around the image with. Onto this panel I stamped with the Stampin’ Up “Buffalo Check” background stamp using Spectrum Noir “Watermark” ink (which is sticky) and I heat embossed using Altenew “Rose Gold” embossing powder (which in my eyes is more gold, and matches the yellow elements in my project nicely).


Next I edged this panel using the Spectrum Noir Water-Reactive ink in the colour “Lagoon” in combination with a Spectrum Noir “Blending Tool”.



Step 8:

For my sentiment I picked one of the sentiments from the Lili of the Valley stamp set “Christmas Handwritten Phrases”. I stamped the sentiment onto some white card stock and cut a banner around it. This I matted onto some dark red card stock. I did the same with the rectangle background panel.

The combined rectangle background panels I adhered onto a white card base using one millimetre thick foam tape. And to finish my card I now only have to adhere the elf and the sentiment banner on top also using one millimetre thick foam tape.

Detail picture:


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

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