Merry Christmas 2011: This is my first Copic and Prismacolor marker project! I absolutely love Christmas, and traditional Christmas colors, so I just layered and layered those with my favorite shape, the square, until I was happy with my card. This DIGI image is by Mo Manning, and actually was chosen becuase this little boy, "Jimmy" looks so much like my own 3 year old! I usually add a lot more "bling" to my projecrs, but for this card, I really wanted you to be able to focus on the image of this sweet boy and his excitement about Christmas, so I took a more minimalist approach.
This being my first coloring project, literally, I was pretty pleased with how this sweet boy and his stocking turned out! I have just a few Copic Sketch markers, and so I mixed my coloring with Prismacolor markers that are available where I live. Both worked very well on the Copic Xpress paper, and I could tell a big difference in the ease of coloring with it and the basic cardstock that I tested colors on!
The angle of this photograph really emphasizes the embossed texture on the base of my card, and I think it adds a little something without being a distraction.
For this card, and the many duplicates I will make to mail to loved ones all over the USA, I dove into my STASH, and decided to CLEAR OUT the Clover Meadow cardstock from Close To My Heart that I have had for at least 3 or 4 years. I also used the last red rhinestone on a sheet that I have had for years, too...and yes I saved just one rhinestone... I was thrilled to be able to pull out a very old embossing plate out of my tools stash, and hand emboss the basket weave texture onto my base layer!
*Being a mother of ALL BOYS - I get to create papercrafted projects that reflect my primarily masculine household. (Me, and 2 of our pets are ladies! LOL!) Personally, I love ribbon, flowers, bling, etc... but, for this card, I wanted to truly reflect who we are as a family...we are mostly boys, very bright and colorful, very conservative & square, very complex with lots of layers, and completely in love with Christmas....and I feel that's what my card communicates.
TOP TIP TUESDAY: When working with any medium to dark colored solid cardstock, be sure to wash your hands with a non-moisturizing soap, and DO NOT apply hand lotion or cream! This will keep your cardstock fresh and clean without any oily fingerprints, and will prevent your photos and images from detiorating over time from oily fingers!
***I found some WONDERFUL blogs that are hosting challenges that worked with my card, and here they are! *** Please become a follower of my blog, and visit these, too! **** There She Goes: TSG129 Holiday Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges: #46 Anything Goes w/a digi Heart Song Inspirations: Challenge #23 Anything Goes
Stampin Sisters in Christ: Challenge #114: old stamp Stamps R US: Challenge "Masculine" Paper Creations Ink: Challenge #12 Holiday Wishes for Kids
Top Tip Tuesday: #59 Anything Christmas Party Time Tuesdays: #40 Bling it On Papertake Weekly: First Christmas card Everybody Art Challenges: #167 Advent
*Products I Incorporated Into This Card: Clover Meadow cardstock by CTMH (very old) Classic Red Textured Cardstock by Bazzill Sassy Trees on Ivory pp by Canvas Corp. Copic XPress It Laser White cardstock "Jimmy's Stocking" image by Mo Manning Twine by My Minds Eye Basket Weave Embossing plate by Fiskars (very old) Clover Meadow ink by CTMH (very old) Playful Numbers Stamp Set by CTMH (OLD - not used in 3 years?) Rhinestone bling by Me and My Big Ideas* (very old!) Copic Sketch Markers: 0, 100, BG10, E33, YR04, R29, YG03, YG67 Prismacolor Markers: PM-192, PM-187, PM-90, PM-88, PM-19