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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Let’s have some fun today, shall we? I thought I’d show you some of the creation process that goes into the making of a card.

I started this card by choosing the stamp set first. Sometimes I start with the paper, or a color scheme, this time I wanted to use this “Owls” set. How cute are those owls? Very.

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Coloring Outline Stamps
When using a line stamp, you have several choices on how to color it. You can stamp it in color and skip the coloring (think green leaf outlines), or you can fill in the stamped image with color using markers, paintbrush, sponges or other tools. You can also stamp the image onto colored papers and cut them out (paper piecing). I chose to use markers on the owl, and colored cardstock on the branch.
First, I stamped the branch image in Chocolate ink onto a scrap of Desert Sand cardstock. I chose the dark brown ink instead of black to keep the pattern more subtle, and since the image is rather small I didn’t want the black to take over.

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After stamping I cut the branch out.

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Next I stamped the owl image in Archival Black. This non-smearing ink dries quickly and allows me to use Close to My Heart’s alcohol based markers.

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I like to start with the smaller areas first. Olive and Autumn Terracotta markers for the belly, feet and face.

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To fill in larger areas, using the smaller end of the Lagoon marker, outline the shape first, then fill with the brush end.

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If you end up with marker strokes, go back and cover the area evenly with more color.

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Next I cut out the owl. More fussy cutting, yay!

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Tip for Lining Up a Stamped Image 
      I cut a circle with the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and I wanted to stamp a border from the Holiday Tags stamp set. When stamping onto a white or light cardstock, if you have a light colored working surface like I do here, it can be a bear to line up the image. White on white, not good

Quick answer to my dilemma, a scrap of colored cardstock under my white cardstock circle. Choose something that gives you a nice contrast so you can easily see the shape you are going to stamp on.

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All lined up!
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I stamped the sentiment from the Owls set in the circle using Lagoon Ink.

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Dimensional Leaves 
For a little extra dimension, I created some freehand leaves from Sweet Leaf cardstock. First, I scored the cardstock using a ruler and a scoring tool.

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I folded along the score mark to create the center vein of the leaves.

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In keeping with the whimsical style of the stamp set, I wanted my leaves to be imperfect, so I cut them freehand with a pair of scissors.

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A dot of Liquid Glass just on the end of the leaves secures them to the card.

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I also wanted my owl to have some dimension, so I used foam tape behind his head only.

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The feet are attached to the branch with a few drops of Liquid Glass so my owl is actually sitting on the branch and not floating over it.

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Finally, I assembled all the pieces to finish my card. I love mixing up patterns, so can you guess which paper packs I used to create this card? Leave a comment and tell me what you think! Hint: they are all in the newest CTMH Spring/Summer idea book.

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7 comments:

Sheila Bennett said...

Very cute card. It's "owl"dorable!

Debbie (from Sugar Land) said...

Looks like Skylark and Timberline to me... Very pretty! Thanks for sharing.

famillemarleau said...

Your card is very cute. Great tips. Thanks for sharing, Johanne Lacombe

Casandra Bennett said...

Even though I don't really need yet another owl stamp, how can I possibly resist this one, especially after seeing your beautiful and fun tutorial?! :) Thanks. (giggles)

Lynn said...

GREAT tutorial! Your card is darling.

Morgan Vogt said...

Adorable card and awesome look into your process for coloring and stamping - thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

So adorable. Skylark, Timberline and Lollydoodle. Love the bright colors on this.

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