Hi everyone! I’m very excited to be sharing a card with you today that I made as a guest designer for Whimsy Stamps (https://whimsystamps.com/)!
The new February release is so much fun and I just love the new stamps designed by Sylvia Zet. Today I will show you how to make this card that features the new “Peace” stamp. I also used several other new Whimsy products.
So, let’s get started!
I first stamped Peace with Versafine “Onyx Black” ink on Strathmore “Toned Tan” paper. Then I coloured the image with my Faber Castell Polychromos: I put down a light layer of White (101) and then coloured over that with the other colours. With the peace sign she is wearing I was going for a sort of hippy inspired look.
For the hair I used: 101, 187, 175 and a little 199.
For the blouse I used: 101, 121 and 225.
For her jeans I used: 101, 110 and 151.
For the yellow parts I used: 101, 185 and 108.
For my greens I used: 101, 112, 165.
For the flower hearts (I was imagining sunflowers): 101, 180 and 176.
For her shoes I used:101 and 283.
And finally for her skin I used: 101 and 132.
When you look at the numbers you see that I use White (101) a lot when I colour on tan toned / kraft paper: I often use it as a burnisher and to create highlights.
After colouring the entire image I went around the image with the White (101) and then over that with a little Ivory (103) to make her stand out a little more from the background. My technique for this is that I put down the White and the Ivory and then take an eraser pencil and erase a little inwards, this way there are no hard edges and the focus stays on the girl.
I feel this cute girl is so versatile: she is suitable for birthdays and other celebrations but also “get well” cards. You just have to love this image and it’s very easy to colour. With the way her hair is designed you are given guidelines you can follow and that made colouring that part not that difficult either (I don’t know about you but colouring hair often scares me).
Because I used a lot of white pencil I went over the black stamped lines with a black Copic Multiliner (0.3) after I was sure that I was done with the coloured pencils. I also created some extra highlights with a white Sakura Gelly Roll Pen. If I put down to much white I just let it dry and then go over that again with my coloured pencil, I find this the easiest way to make corrections because this pen is a little hard to control sometimes. If I feel that the multiliner and the gelly roll pen don’t draw any more (that can happen when you use oil based coloured pencils) I just scribble of on a piece of printer paper and they are good again. One last tip at this point: don’t push to hard with either the multiliner or the gell pen, then you create thin lines and the inks keep flowing well.
After the colouring was completely finished I die cut the image with the biggest die from the My Favorite Things “Stitched Rectangle Stax” die set. Then I heat-embossed one of the sentiments from the new Whimsy Stamps “Friendly Flowers” clear stamp set with WOW! “Opaque Vanilla White” embossing powder. The way the sentiments from this stamp set are designed they fit the Peace stamp so well, like they are make for each other. I love the result! To make the letters from the sentiment stand out a little bit more I used Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencil in Raw Umber (180) with a sharp point to go around some of the edges of the letters (where a shadow would be if the light was shining from the left top corner and any other place I felt it was necessary). This makes the sentiment stand out a little bit more. Then I edged around the entire tan toned paper piece with my Prima Marketing Metallic Chalk Edger in “Bronze”.
I decided to keep the rest of this card simple: I used a crème coloured linen textured card base that I edged with Distress Ink in the colour “Antique Linen”. Then I made two mats, one red one and one crème one (from the same card stock that I used as my card base) using square Crea-Nest-Lies XXL dies (one normal and one stitched), you can use any square dies you have. The red card stock I edged with Distress Ink “Barn Door” and the crème piece with "Antique Linen". I glued the crème square to the red square with liquid glue. Then I looked for some yellow ribbon in my stash and taped that on (on the back, with regular tape). Next I foam taped the red (with crème piece) to the card base with one millimetre thick foam tape, to create some dimension. Then I foam taped the “Peace”-piece ;-) to the crème piece.
As a finishing touch on this card I used some of the red sequins from the Whimsy Stamps “Valentine Assortment Sequin Mix” and glued these on with Ranger Medium Matte and I punched some different sized flowers from regular colouring paper and coloured the flowers with my Faber Castell Polychromos in 101, 185, 108, 180 and 176. I used some white Gelly Roll Pen along the edges and some Metallic Edger in “Bronze” on the edges of the flower, to make them stand out more against the crème coloured card stock. I glued the flower parts together with Ranger Medium Matte and also adhered the complete flower to the card with this medium. Finally I put some Nuvo Glitter Drops in “Golden Sunset” on the heart of the flower (I used the two brown Polychromos as a coloured base underneath the glitter drops).
And that’s it for today's card. I hope you enjoyed!
I would like to thank Denise from Whimsy Stamps for giving me this opportunity, I had a lot of fun creating this card!