Happy Monday, everyone! Let me give a big HUGE thank you & cyber hug to Lols, for making this gorgeous tutorial. She is part of our family here at Simon Says Stamp, and makes such a beautiful cards I thought she could share some of her wisdom and techniques with all of us!
I am a big fan of Gruffies, especially the Bearied in Paperwork one that Lols used! Take a look below and see how she came up with this beautiful card!!
We all have a different way we do things but I always start with a stamp that I want to use. I have chosen this very cute Bear-ied in Paperwork by Stampabilities
Then I decide a sketch, I always try to find a suitable one on one of the many challenges out there :-) for this card I thought Maya's sketch on the Sketch Saturday Challenge was perfect :-) Thanks Maya xx
I then stamp the image and shape it according to the sketch ,, in this case I used my Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle die.
The next step is to choose the papers,, I love the new Basic Grey Origins paper pad and accessories and I thought they would work well with this image ,,, a bit 'graph' like :)
I then trim and make any fancy edges, I used a Martha Stewart Arch Lattice Border punch.
As I have trimmed the paper I feel that the edges need some inking :-) I use the thin cut off strips to test the colours of ink that will work best. The vintage photo ink I didn't think was quite dark enough so I added a little black to it. I ink the edges of the papers and the image.
I always use a Tim Holtz blending tool to do this, I find they really are alot better to use than bits of foam that some people use.
Now I come to the strip across the center of the card ,,, I was debating whether or not to use ribbon ,, but then thought I could ink a plain piece of card and ink a cuttlebug script folder, it ties in with the image perfectly I think ,,, :-)
Now I am ready to start coloring. I am choosing to use Copic Markers , I love these pens ! :-) They are all in stock at Simon Says Stamp !! :-) I always keep my colour chart handy, as you can see it is well used !!! It really helps to color coordinate your images to the designer papers.
I strt with the skin tones first, colour all these areas with the lightest skin shade that you use ,, in thins case I used E000
then add a darker shade to the shaded areas ,, I used E00, then blend them together with the lighter E000 I added a little R20 to the cheeks and blended again with E000
now for the fur, I decided to make him a little honey colored so used E11 and gave him a light color everywhere
then added E13 and E15 to the shaded and then blended with E11 so there were no harsh lines
I used the same technique for the papers using E40, 41 and 43
I shaded the lower area with a Warm Grey, W3, and smudged the edges with a blender pen.
OK ,,, all done ,,,, now it all comes together :-) While I have been making this card I have been thinking fof what embellishments I have that will look good with this image ,,,,, what shall I find in my messy drawers ????
Start to assemble the card :-) think think ,,,, whats in my drawers ???
I use 3D tape for added dimension :-)
Oohh look what I found to use ,,,,,
This was on a recent parcel from Simon says Stamp !!! Perfect ,,,, recycling too !!! :-)
I also had some Tim Holtz Ideology mini paper clips and some Philosophy tags,, and some matchinhg Basic Grey Origins Epoxy Clips.
I thought that it needed a little something in the bottom right corner too. So I lightly stamped some numbers from the Tim Holtz Urban Chic set :-)
Isn't he the cutest? If Gruffies are starting to pull on your heart strings below, check out even more selection here & below:
SUBSCRIBE TO: This Blog | Our Newsletter
WE'RE SOCIAL: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Pinterest | Google+
TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Simon Says Stamp Challenge! | Vintage Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge