I’m so pleased today because we at Cupcake Inspiration Challenge are being sponsored by a brand new digi stamp artist, Mari Ko. It’s wonderful to be able to support a new artist, and she is offering two images to a lucky winner who plays along with us. (Three if you use one of her images for making your card!) She also generously provided the DT with some images to play with for our colour themed challenge.
I decided to use the adorable Unicorn 1 digi as my starting point. It may not be the most obvious choice for the colours in question, but I had an idea in mind that I thought could work!
After working out the sizing I wanted for the unicorn and printing it out onto some alcohol marker friendly paper I started colouring it in with my alcohol markers. I used a combination of Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers and Yosoo markers, as these are what I have on hand. For the mane and tail I used DG2. Dg3 and DG4 of the SN markers. The horn and hearts are coloured with V119 and BV194 Yosoo markers. I also used Yosoo markers – YG262 and YG263 – to shade the unicorn’s body, before using the SN markers for the pink areas as well as the brown. (Sorry, can’t remember which colours I used there!) Having completed my colouring I fussy cut the unicorn and set it to one side.
Next I started working on my background. I made myself a little stencil/mask to make clouds, then ink blended across my entire card with Milled Lavender Distress Ink. I then went back in with Seedless Preserves and darkened up the clouds on the lower portion of the card, to give a slight ombre effect.
I found some snippets of dark green card and die cut some hills with them. I then used double sided tape to adhere those to the card base. I realised there wasn’t enough differentiation between the hills, so after testing on a scrap piece of the green card I used my green markers to add some shading. Unfortunately it didn’t fade back as much as I had expected based on my test run though, so the shadow lines are a little harsher than I’d intended.
Having completed my background I returned to the unicorn. I added some highlights to the horn and eyes using my white gel pen. I then added Wink of Stella to the horn, eyes, mane and tail to give a bit of sparkle. Unicorns need glitter, after all! I used double sided tape and a little glue pen to adhere the unicorn to the card base.
Finally I stamped my sentiment, which comes from Avery Elle’s Be A Unicorn and stamped it with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I took a coordinating purple pencil and filled in the open letter spaces of the word “magical”, and that completed the card.
I’m pretty pleased with how this card turned out. I really like how the clouds turned out, even if the blending is a bit messy in places. I was able to hide the worst of it by stamping the sentiment over it. The added shadows are a little frustrating as they didn’t blend out as well as I would have liked. But overall I am pleased with the look of it.
AAA Cards – Ink Blending
Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes
Cupcake Inspirations – Colour Palette
Inkspirational – Trend
Mari Ko Creations Facebook Challenge – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday – All Creatures Great And Small
Sweet Stampin’ – Fairies and Fantasy
The Paper Shelter – Digital Delight
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)