I am so excited about this card. Not because it is cute (which, come on, this Penny Black girl from the “Winter Friends” stamp set is adorable!), but because I got to practice some boucle Copic coloring, really get some vibrant colors from Distress Ink blending, AND try out for the first time some fluid liquid masking. That was so cool!

img_20161129_191431I stamped out the girl and tree pot with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and colored them with the following Copic colors:

Hair: C7, C9, B01
Skin: E000, E00, E21 and R20
Green scarf and tights: G14 and YG09 with stripes added with 0.05 pt Copic multiliner pen
Red scarf, ear muffs, polka dots on boots, mittens and bow on tree pot: R35, R37 and R39 with O for boucle effect on ear muffs
Black boots: C7 and C9
Pink coat, beret and tree pot: RV02, RV04 with 0 for boucle effect on coat and beret
White trim on coat: N0 and N1

20161130_142749-smallThen I applied Winsor & Newton Art Masking Fluid with an old paint brush over top of the colored image. WOW that was scary. I kept thinking I was ruining all my coloring work. Then it was a waiting game of letting the masking fluid fully dry (you can’t use a heat tool to quicken this because then you can make the masking fluid stick to the colored image). It was very humid so I let it sit for about an hour and a half. Then I did some Distress Ink blending with¬†finger daubers to blend on the background sky with Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch. Afterwards, I just rubbed off the rubbery masking fluid and to my relief found that the image was completely unharmed. YAY!

While I was waiting for the masking fluid to dry, I stamped out the Christmas tree (both the tree and pot are from a Katy Sue Designs The Door stamp set) with an old American Crafts aqua pigment ink from my stash. Then I re-stamped the tree after dabbing on some Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Pine Needles to some of the branches to add depth of color. Lastly, I added some deeper shadows by dotting on some Copic C9. Whew! That’s a lot of different inks on a little tree, but I think it all looked good together in the end, especially once I fussy cut it out. 20161130_142909-1Now that fussy cutting was painstaking, but well worth the final look with the yellow blended background peeking through the tree branches. To decorate the little Christmas tree, I used Champagne Gold Stickles to add the look of sparkly baubles and a double layer of silver star confetti pieces for the star at the top.

For the snowy ground, I used a Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders Die (available HERE in the UK) on some white card stock, and I used an X-Acto blade to cut around the little girl’s boots so that it would look like she was walking on a snow bank. I used one of my all-time favorite card making dies–the large stitched rectangle die from the My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 15 die set (available HERE in the UK) to cut out the whole scene. I popped up the scene on double sided foam adhesive and adhered it to a plain white card base. For the inside liner of the card, I printed out on my computer a simple sentiment, “O’ Christmas Tree, O’ Christmas Tree….” as if the little girl was singing the Christmas carol. ūüôā

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes Challenge
Fab ‘n’ Funky Christmas Challenge
Crafty Purple Frog Magic of Christmas Challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More Make Your Mark Challenge
Crafty Gals Corner Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday O’ Christmas Tree Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Seven Hills Crafts Inspired by a Christmas Movie, Song or Carol Challenge

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MFT Color Challenge #58

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