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This month’s exclusive is this fun Fiesta Cactus digi. I printed the image onto alcohol marker friendly paper and coloured with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. I didn’t have a plan for my background at this stage so I defaulted to my usual light direction for colouring, which is having the light come from the right and the shadows being on the left. Once I’ve completed my colouring I fussy cut the image out and set it to one side.
After some contemplation I decided to create a background with some ink blending through a stencil. I placed the Bright Horizons stencil directly onto my kraft card base and started blending. I only blended the sun area as I didn’t want the clouds for this card. I used Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxides, keeping the darker Wild Honey more towards the centre of the sun, and the Squeezed Lemonade extending along the beams.
As I was working on a metric A6 card base rather than American A2 size the stencil didn’t quite reach all the way across the card base, so I faded my beams out as I got to the right hand side of the card. I also shifted my stencil around so that I could add another sun beam to be closer to my horizon. I also blended the centre of the sun to come further down the card as well.
I used one of the Outdoor Landscape Dies to cut another piece of kraft card to create a ground area for my scene. I then adhered it into place using some liquid glue. I popped up my fussy cut Fiesta Cactus image over the top using some foam tape. Finally I added some True Love sequins with the help of my Quickstik tool. I arranged them in three groups of three as if they are coming from the partying arms of each cactus.
The Fiesta Cactus image is so cute and I’m really happy with my final card. I think the sequins are a great finishing touch for it. Not having a plan for the card when I started colouring did leave me with a slight issue though – the sun would be shining light onto the side of the image where I had put my shadows! So technically my shading is the wrong way around. But hopefully the recipient won’t mind.
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