A dear crafty friend’s daughter is very sick and has been in the hospital for the past week, and I wanted to make her a card that showed how our crafting community was rooting for her and hoping that she has a full and speedy recovery. I didn’t want a sad/sick card. I wanted a cheerful card with cute critters so I turned to the super adorable critters drawn by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs.

These critters are so delicately and sweetly drawn that I thought they would be perfect to try a dotting or pointillism style of Copic coloring. I stamped out the images with Momento Desert Sand Ink (to make this a no line style of coloring) and used the following markers to try this new-to-me technique:

Bunny (Buttercup): E40, E41, E31, E43, R20 and Distress Marker in Scattered Straw
Dog (Puddles): C4, C5, C6, C7, E70, E71, E74 and 0.3 pt Copic Multi-liner in Warm Gray
Owl (Lilly): Y000, Y13, Y15, BV20, BV23, BV25 and 0.3 pt Copic Multi-liner in Cool Gray

For the background, I used the MFT Die-Namics Grassy Hills Die to cut a piece of card stock about 1/3 of the way up to create a grassy foreground and a wide open blue sky. I blended on Tim Holtz Distress Ink (from top to bottom) in Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn.

Then to give a mottled look that I thought complimented the pointillism coloring style, I sprayed plain water from a spray bottle onto my hand and splattered it on the inked card stock sky and grass. I popped all of it up on fun foam and adhered it to a white card base, leaving a 1/8″ border all around.

To add a little interest and “frame” the scene a bit, I used the smaller of the Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Frames Dies and inset that on the card front. I gave it a tiny bit of dimension by rolling some 1/4″ Scor-Tape to attach the frame to the card front.

To help the critters pop in the scene, I added the bunny and puppy with 1/16″ thick foam tape and the owl with 1/8″ thick foam tape (I wanted to owl to look like he was flying forward in the scene).

I didn’t want to distract from this serene (and hopefully uplifting) scene, so I left the sentiment of “sorry you’re feeling pawly” and “wishing you well” for the inside, along with my handwritten note.

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This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Make Your Own Background Challenge
Card Mania Pastel Colors Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Crafty Purple Frog Love is All Around Challenge – WINNER
Creatalicious Challenge with Optional Lot’s of Green Challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More Anything Goes Challenge
Penny Black and More Anything Goes Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
MFT Sketch Challenge #322

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