When I am struggling to find my crafty mojo, there is one foolproof way to get me going and that is by doing a doggy-themed project. I recently picked up the adorable Whimsy Stamp, “Puppy with Balloons,” and I figured coloring up this cutie would certainly get me out of my present funk — and I was right!
I altered this stamp a bit, just by inking up the stamp and wiping away the fizzled out balloon on the ground before stamping it on my card stock. I stamped it with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and then used the following Copic colors to color him up:
White areas: E40, E70 and Uniball Signo white gel pen and white Gelly Roll gel pen for details
Brown areas: E31, E33, E23, E25 and warm gray 0.3 pt Copic Multi-Liner Pen for details
Nose and eyes: C9
Balloons: YG61, YG63, B66, B69, BG45 and BG49
For the background, I freestyle drew and cut out a stencil for clouds and then used an ink blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass to create the impression of puffy white clouds. I also used a Memory Box Birch Trio Die to cut out a couple of birch trees to give a sense of a scene high up in the trees. To make the birch trees a bit more realistic, I Copic colored the indented areas along the trunks with a Copic E25.
To frame the main puppy image (which I fussy cut and was going to raise up at an angle to give the impression of the puppy being lifted up by the balloons), I die cut an oval frame using the 3rd and 4th largest dies from the Diemond Dies Ovals Nesting Die Set. I popped the oval frame just a smidge by using some rolled up double sided adhesive. Then I popped up the puppy with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals foam dots, placing him over the edge of the oval frame to emphasize lift and movement of the pup flying through the air with the balloons.
I wanted the sentiment to coordinate with the balloon colors, so I blended the same marker colors on a small scrap of card stock. I blended back and forth to create a kind of ombre effect. Then I die cut the “celebrate” word die from the Sizzix Script Celebration Word Die Set from this ombre colored scrap. I love how it came out!
I’m not sure how I feel about the sparkle I added at the last minute, but I went ahead and used some Glitz glitter glue from Recollections over the top of the balloons and the “celebrate”. I like the sparkle, but I feel like some of the nice Copic coloring, especially on the balloons, was lost. I also added some Glossy Accents to the puppy’s eyes and nose for a bit of shine.
The following is a start to finish process video of crafting this card:
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Whimsy Inspirations Anything Goes Challenge #97
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Add Sparkle Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday You’ve Got the Edge Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes Challenge with Optional Summer
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
MFT Color Challenge #74