It's Christmas in July over at Rubbernecker Stamps and we are getting a head start on our Christmas cards! I absolutely love snowmen stamps and this one by Rubbernecker is no exception! It's a single red rubber stamp (don't you love the crisp lines from this type?!) and also has a coordinating die. I decided to color this adorable image with my Copic markers in some non-traditional Christmas time colors.
The steps for this card are fairly simple. I have some photos of my coloring progression for you below.
- Stamp the image in Copic safe ink. I always use Neenah Solar White 80# card stock.
- I stamped it at the bottom of the card stock piece, thinking I would use the coordinating die. As I progressed into my coloring, I decided I wanted a scene.
- I'm not a Copic coloring expert, however, I have learned that when an object is white, don't leave it totally white! Even white objects have shadows and shading. Here is a collage of my shading progress. I hope these show you what a difference the shadows make.
Also, I colored the tree and rabbit in darker colors. I think that helps to highlight the adorable snowmen even more!
- After I finished the coloring, I used the fourth largest Nested Rectangle Small Stitch Die to cut the image out. Then I masked the edges with some removable tape. I colored in the background with dark blue Copic markers to create a night time scene. I used B69, B28, B18 and FB2.
- Next I added shadows under the snowmen. I used BV20, C1, and B0000 adding 0 colorless blender along the edges.
- Next I pulled away the masking tape. I love the white edge!
- However, there was some bleeding of the darkest blue around the edges. Normally I would use a white gel pen. I have found that, especially with dark Copic colors, the color will bleed up through the gel pen when I try to cover those bleeds. The pen I used, and love, is a Posca white pen (I found mine at my local Michael's). I went around the edges and cleaned them up. I also used this pen on the pink striped scarf and yellow scarf to add in the white stripes and dots.
- Next I used the white pen to add in dots for the snow.
- Next I added the snowman panel to a black card stock layer. Then I added foam tape to the back.
- I used the largest Nested Rectangle Small Stitched die and dry embossed the front of my card base. I just used the embossing sandwich for my die cutting machine.
- Then I adhered the matted panel to the card front.
- I used a sentiment from the Snowmen with Presents stamp set and stamped it in black ink. I trimmed it into a strip, matted it with black card stock and adhered it to the card.
- Of course, a Christmas card needs all the sparkle (at least I think so!) So I added sparkle with a clear glitter pen to the snowmen and the snow on the ground. In real life, it's so pretty and sparkly!
I hope I've inspired you to get out your holiday sets and get started on the cards before the rush of Christmas comes! Thank you for stopping by!
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