I started by looking for a suitable digi-stamp as I knew I didn’t have a physical stamp. I came across this on Pinterest (actually it’s tecnically a colouring page…) which seemed perfect. I knew I wanted to digitally colour the stamp as I’ve done before, but I wanted to try my hand at shading this time. A quick search produced this video which gave some very handy tips.
(IMPORTANT EDIT Feb 2018 – I recently discovered entirely by accident that the ‘free colouring page’ is actually a stolen image from Your Next Stamp. As such I have removed the link to the page. If you are interested in this image you can get the stamp from Your Next Stamp here.)
The only problem was that my chosen image did not have the cleanest lines, and some of the lines were open. That meant that I couldn’t just use the magic wand to select the white, and had to lasso it instead. Which slowed the process down. It took me over an hour and a half to colour that small image…
Printing posed another problem. I’ve run out of decent white paper of a size and shape that our printer will accept. (We have mountains of basic printer paper, but that’s not really a good enough quality for the cards.) I did eventually find some I could use but it didn’t print as well as I would have liked…
I didn’t have a layout in mind when I started this challenge, so I winged putting it together. I decided I wanted to mount the image, so I dug through my snippets (hence entering this card to Pixie’s Snippets Playground!) and found the polka dot paper (allowing me to enter it to the Less is More challenge too) which seemed perfect.
Having mounted the image I tried to decided how to position it on the card and what else to put with it. I chose to use the clear/white ribbon at an angle across the card, going behind the centred panel with the image on it.
Finally I wanted to add a sentiment. I consider this a birthday card, but didn’t have a “Happy Birthday” that would fit the card. Instead I went with “Best Wishes” which I stamped in blue. The ink didn’t take brilliantly, and the colour doesn’t fit as well as I would like… But it does the job.