I made a lot of cards in the lead up to Christmas, and have made a fair few more since during my time off work. As a result I have almost entirely run out of white card bases. I think I have one left. Just one. I am also out of the card that I used to make said card bases, asides from some odds and ends of snippets that have their uses, but are not big enough for making any card bases. I checked the website I usually order from and it wasn’t even listed! Uh-oh. After messaging the shop owner I ascertained that it’s been unavailable from the producer, but she’s hoping to get more in soon. As a result I decided that this is a perfect time for more experiments with colouring on kraft!
I had a definite plan in mind for what I wanted to do with this card. It took me a little moment to brain it all out (and yes, I’m verbing “brain”.) I began by measuring my card base and drawing lines to create a grid for helping me to position my elements. I knew I wanted to stamp a gnome in one segment and a mushroom in the others. The stamps I used are all from The Cat’s Pajamas What’s Up Gnomie? stamp set.
The mushroom stamp in the set is actually two mushrooms, but I only wanted the one. Partly because the pair together was too big, and partly because… well, that’s what I wanted! I solved this by masking off the taller of the mushrooms each time, so that only the squatter one would stamp. I used my MISTI for the stamping, and stamped everything with Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige ink. I masked off the hat of the gnome so that the top right mushroom could be stamped as though it is behind him.
Once I had stamped the gnome and all the mushrooms I added my sentiment. I used MFT Black Licorice ink for this, and stamped it below the gnome.
I then moved on to colouring the images, which took a while! The reason I’d used the Barely Beige ink was because I wanted a no-line look. I pulled out my colouring pencils (actually watercolour pencils, but I didn’t use any water) and got to work. I decided to go for a green outfit for the little gnome because it is complementary to red, and I knew I wanted to use red for my mushrooms (toadstools!) I used three shades of green, in an attempt to add depth and dimension. I gave him fairly pale skin, and drew the eyes and mouth back in with the black pencil. I also used the black for the belt. The shoes are a mixture of black and grey, with highlights added in white. I used the black, grey and white for his beard too. And I used a yellow-orange for his belt buckle.
Next I started on the mushrooms. I used two shades of red, and worked with lots of layer of colour. Lots of layers. I also learned as I went along with the process (particularly on the white portion), so last ones I did look better than the first. I did all the red sections of the mushrooms first and once I was happy with them I started in the white areas. I used a little grey for the darker areas, the white (watercolour) pencil for the mid tone, and then a white Caran d’Ache pencil – my favourite white pencil) for the highlights. I also used the Caran d’ache pencil for the spots on the top of the mushrooms.
As a final touch I took my grey pencil and very lightly added some shading between each of my twelve images to give a little grounding to them.
I’m really happy with this card. It turned out exactly as I had hoped, and I think it’s super cute! I love the storybook feel it has. I really learned a lot with the process of this card. It’s not perfect, but nothing ever is, right?
Happy New Year, my lovely readers. Thank you for your support this year!
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