The weekend is over – boo! But if you’re feeling the Monday blues perhaps the new Merry Monday challenge will cheer you up! This week Debbie is hosting, and she’s asking us to create a Christmas card using this fun sketch.
I changed up the sketch a little. I didn’t add any shapes where the stars are as I felt it would end up covering too much of my scene. And I moved the sentiment, because I wanted to have it feel like part of the scene.
I started by trimming a piece of white card to create my image panel. I made sure the card was alcohol marker friendly as I knew I would be colouring with my Yosoo alcohol markers.
I used the stamps to play around and decided how I wanted everything stamped out, then got started on the stamping. I first stamped the present, from Simon Says Stamp’s Christmas Cats stamp set, as that would be the front most element in my scene. I used MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink as that is also alcohol marker friendly.
I masked off the present then stamped down my front most cat, which is the smaller of the two cats. Then I added a mask to the cat so that I could stamp the larger cat and the tree to be further behind. I ensured that the very bottom of those stamps (the cat’s feet, and the base of the tree trunk) were set slightly higher than the feet of the front most cat. That way they definitely looked like they are behind the cat.
With my masks still in place, and one added to the tree too, I decided to add a rug. The rug stamp comes from The Greeting Farm’s Kitty Stacks stamp set.
At this point I thought I was done with stamping the main elements of my scene. I knew I wanted to do a little drawing as I’m trying to experiment with creating my own backgrounds. I didn’t want to do anything too complex though. I decided to draw in a fireplace behind my stamping. I used a pencil and ruler to draw that in, and also added a baseboard to help add some separation between the floor and the wall.
The space above the fireplace seemed a bit bare, and after considering a few different ideas I decided to stamp my sentiment there and draw a picture frame around it. The sentiment is from the Christmas Cats stamp set. I considered adding something to sit on the mantel of the fireplace too, but wasn’t sure what so in the end I didn’t.
Once I had drawn in the fireplace, baseboard and picture frame I went over all the pencil lines with a fineline marker to make the lines match the stamped lines better.
When I started my colouring I first added yellow everywhere that the light from the fireplace would be hitting. I then started colouring the fireplace. I used yellow and a touch of orange for the hearth, then used a light beige (I managed to cajole my almost-dead pen into giving a little more ink!) to fill in the brick areas before sketching in the bricks with light mahogony. I used a slightly darker beige to add some shadows too.
For the floor I used a variety of browns, with darker browns to roughly add in the lines of the planks to give the look of a wood floor. I first coloured it all as if there were no shadows, then went back in to add shadows from the cats and tree. This did cover most of the original colouring, but I found this the easiest way to do it. Whilst I had the browns out I coloured the picture frame, baseboard, and tree trunk.
For the cat on the left I decided to use my cool grey pens. As the main lightsource is the fire I tried to make sure my shading showed that. The light would be hitting the cat from behind and also mostly on the right hand side, so the shadows would be on the left and front of the cat. I used yellow grey on his tummy as I wanted it to appear white.
I used the yellow greys to completely colour the other cat. As this cat is standing directly in front of the fire the light is completely coming from behind so the front of the cat would be very dark. Likewise the present, which I coloured with blue-greens with a deep green ribbon, would be completely in shadow.
I used the same blue green as I had for the present to colour the innermost and outermost rings of the rug, being sure to add a darker colour where the shadows would be. I also used the blue green on some of the tree ornaments.
For the rest of the ornaments I used red or grey. I then coloured the tree with three different greens. It ended up a little patchy looking but I don’t mind as I like how it adds to the texture of the tree. I used one of the greens to colour the rest of the rug. I also used yellow for the star on the tree.
The sentiment area was looking a bit stark white so I added a few very light swipes of both the yellow and my lightest yellow-grey just to give the impression of shadows and highlights as the light from the fire hit it.
It took me quite a while to decide what to do about the wall. I even asked on my social media for advice! In the end I decided not to colour it – instead I fussy cut out the coloured areas of my panel, cutting away all the white, and adhered it with foam tape to some cream/light beige card, making that my wall.
Having completed the scene I worked on the other elements of the card. I liked the idea of using a snowflake patterned paper as the other panel to be representative of the snow falling outside whilst the cats are having fun indoors. I trimmed down the snippet of patterned paper and adhered it directly to the card base using my tape runner. I added more tape runner to the back of my focal panel and adhered that over the patterned paper.
As a final touch I took some Clear Gloss over the area within the picture frame, to give the impression that there is glass there.
I’m really happy with how this card turned out! I love how the scene came together, and I’m really pleased with the colouring. I know it’s not perfect, but it comes with practice, and I’m having a lot of fun practicing!
Addicted to Stamps and More – Make Your Mark
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra – Anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – Patterned Paper
Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes and Optional: Make Your Own Background
Merry Monday – Sketch/Layout
Muse: ChristmasVisions – Inspiration Card (I took inspiration from the punny sentiment, cute critters, grouping of three – though one of mine was a tree! – and I also represented the snowflake background with my patterned paper.)
Simon Says Stamp – World Cardmaking Day
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Christmas
Winter Wonderland – Anything Christmas
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)