Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Copictopia card sketch #CASC6 - free digi stamp and sepia coloring

It's time for another great card sketch design #CASC6 at Copictopia, and in the spirit of fall and Halloween, I decided to use a cat!  Meow...

This digi stamp is "Sasha" - you can get her at Copictopia:  http://copictopia.com/downloads/kitty-krazy-collection-sasha/

I decided to flip this digital stamp as well as the card sketch - halloween tricks LOL.  And wanted to try coloring Sasha with a copic alcohol ink marker technique I've been wanting to try - Sepia.  I found a helpful sepia copic coloring posting by Allison Cope that I followed and used these copic markers:

E42, E50, E53, E55, E57, E59, and the colorless marker (for highlighting and making some "fur").  I also used a Spica marker in brown in the dark shadows for some more "fur" dots.  Here is how my Sasha came out:

She is popped up with glue dots and napping on a rug that was made from kraft paper - see the little fringey edges of the rug?  You can't have a home without at least one furbaby....my first furbaby was a cat that I named Muffy, and she was my baby for many long years.  

While I had her I found out I was allergic to cats, but couldn't part with her, so elected to have allergy shots.  That is real love for a furbaby, and I would do the same in a heartbeat with our now dog furbabies if I had to...!!

Here are a few close-up pictures of Sasha in the sepia technique:

I was moving my light source around so that is why the colors appear different in several of the photos!  

Sasha is part of another project I did for a blog hop that will be on Nov. 1, so be sure to check back then to see the whole project, OK ?

Does she make you want to pet her?!   I used some plastic crayons to color the rag rug, and inked the edge of the "fringe." 


You can go to copictopia.com to get Sasha as a free digi stamp.  There is also a whole set of adorable cats, the Kitty Krazy Collection.  Since they are digital stamps, you can resize them, rotate them, and mix them up!  Check out the other digital stamp collections there, as well as the newest ones that are spooky/halloween themed: 
Don't forget to come back on November 1 for the rest of the Sasha project and blog hop!


Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekly card sketch design challenge #114 - more STARS!


 I am featuring STARS this week - check out my post on Oct. 21 for more info about stars.  The Paper Craft Crew's card sketch #114 this week has stars on it!

  • POSTING END TIME:  If you'd like to be considered as one of our Featured Artisans, please be sure to link your project by Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 11:55 PM EST
  • VOTING:  Voting on submissions starts on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 11:55 PM EST.  Voting ends on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM EST.
The Paper Craft Crew design team has come up with some fun card samples using this week's card sketch.  You may click any of the photos to see a larger image, and you may also click the name under the photo to go to the designers blog for more information on their creation.

  If you look at the Paper Craft Crew website, there are more cards submitted by crafters just like you!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Do you like STARS? Check this star kit out to see stars!

 Stars can be used for a ton of papercrafting, stamping, cardmakings, sewing, and baking projects - Not to mention a variety of holidays!!  You can make lots of fun star projects with Stampin' Up's star products, shown in the holiday catalog, holiday supplement flyer, and catalog.

 Here are a few items you can make with the newest star kit, Many Merry Stars, you can order in my online store! 

Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit  #138104
Price: $25.95  (includes instructions and there is a video available to help as well)
Make your own 3D stars this season in a variety of sizes and patterns. Use them for ornaments,
home d├ęcor, place cards, and more. The largest star can take the place of honor on your front door or on your mantel.  You get enough to create a 15" | 38 cm star and 25 smaller stars, 5 each of 5 sizes:

• Printed, die-cut star pieces
• Printed, self-adhesive die-cut side pieces
• Wooden snowflakes
• 7 sheets die-cut tags, banners, greetings, and accents

Here are a few more star Stampin' Up products you can get to build your star projects:

 Don't forget if you want some stars right now, you can always buy a digital stamp/brush set, and get it immediately - there are digital products that are different from other products and/or only available in digital!  Take a peek in my online store, OK?

This video shows you some other cute projects you can make with the star kit!



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Diorama card with copics for Halloween - Copictopia card sketch #5


Here is the next card sketch CASC5 from www.Copictopia.com and since it is so close to Halloween, I used several of the new digi stamps.  This set is Fun Hauntings, and in addition to the "freebie" (the bats), there are a few more new halloweeny digis! 

 There are so many great halloween digi stamps at Copictopia, that I had a hard time narrowing it down to some I wanted to use for this new card sketch CASC5!!  Even so, I ended up choosing 7 of the new digi stamps so it was a little challenging to use all 7 for this sketch....But I came up with a super clever "diorama" card:

I used all 7 digi stamps to create this scene - diorama cards are "wonderful little creations that allow card makers to build up a three dimensional scene using a few simple folds and a couple of pieces of cardstock.  There are several different ways to create these cards, and some of the more complicated methods have a number of layers to give even more depth to the finished product" (Beccy Muir).

I only used two pieces of cardstock and to give my one-layer diorama a dimensional effect, I used both pop-up foam dimensionals and glue dots; several of the glue pieces were put on top of each other so there were multi-layers.  I also used a gray copic C3 to shade and shadow some of the images.

 There are several tutorials and videos online for diorama cards; I used the one by Paula Goff.  What is nice about these cards is that the folds allow them to be pressed so it lies flat and then it fits inside an envelope.  I used some black rhinestones and stitched ribbon to embellish.

These are the halloween-colors of copic markers I used:  
C3, G85, Y15, YR16, Y17 and spica clear and black:

The front layer of cardstock was coredinations so I sanded it around the opening, as well as embossing & sanding the framelit behind the scary house.  I also gave the digital images some texture on my laptop before printing them off, then colored and shaded the images.  It did take a little bit of time to cut out the images, but once that was done, it was fun placing them around to create a scene; sort of like paper dolls!

My color scene was inspired by my halloween kitchen towels!  Maybe you change out your kitchen towels, hot mitts, tablecloth, and napkins to match the holidays like me LOL:

Here are a few more pictures of the diorama card so you can see how it goes together:  http://copictopia.com/sketch-challenge-saturday-casc5/

 Hope you enjoyed my Halloween diorama scene using Copictopia digi stamps - head on over there to get your freebies and a few more of the great stamps, etc.!



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