I'm working on my Christmas cards, as I'm sure many of you are as well, and I was inspired by the soft, muted colors of the board that I thought would work well with one of my Stamping Bella stamps.
The sweet image was stamped on a panel of white then, without masking, the background was stenciled using the Peace Joy Hope Love stencil with Polar Bear ink and using a light hand. I also took the blending brush and lightly went over the background going around our cute little Bundle Girl and the bird, but I also wasn't too worried as I knew the Copic markers would cover up any unwanted ink. Copics are typically not muted colors but I found a salmon pink marker (RV42) I bought last summer and had never used that worked for a less saturated pink. It also went well with the muted blue greens used on her scarf, boots and the snow as well as the inked background.
When the coloring was complete, I put the panel back in my Misti where I'd left the stamp and reinked it with black pigment ink to get a better outline. I've seen many a YT crafter do this but I rarely remember to do it myself, so I'm glad I did here as it made a difference.
Next the panel was trimmed down to be layered on the slightly larger white scallop panel but I thought it needed a mat to make it stand out a bit more. A white panel was cut slightly larger and colored around the edges with one of the blue green markers then all the layers were adhered together. After adding to the card base with foam tape, Glossy Accents was used to bring a nice shine to the star and tree ornaments. I was going to add a sentiment on the front but I didn't want to cover up the stenciled words, so I left it as is. What do you think? Should I add a sentiment before sending out?
Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it! I'll be back later today with another post, so drop back by if you have a chance.
Stamps: Bundle Girl With A Christmas Tree and a Birdie (Stamping Bella)
Paper: Neenah Solar White,
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Clair Nocturne, Polar Bear (Altenew)
Other: Peace Joy Hope Love stencil (Simon Says Stamp), A2 Scallop rectangle die (Honey Bee), Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Copics: Girl - E11, 21, 51, RV93, 42, R30, 20, E11, 21, 51; Bird - BG72, 70; Tree - BG96, 90, YG93, E44; Star and ornaments - YR23, 21, E09, R46
How adorable is she and what a sweet little tree! This is delightful, Stef. Thanks so much for joining us at IB!
So sweet, so pretty, Stef! Exquisite coloring and I love the subtle use of the stencil. Beautifully done!
The stenciled background is so soft and pretty and such a perfect way to allow the beautifully colored image to be showcased, brilliant! Thank you for inspiring us @IB!
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