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For my first project, I decided to use the adorable pair of teddy bears flying off with the bunch of heart balloons from one of my new-to-me FAVORITES: Penny Black Take Me Away Stamp Set. But rather than my usual full Copic coloring, I thought it would be fun to try some spotlight coloring (just inside the oval die cut area), no line coloring (achieved by stamping the image in Memento Desert Sand Ink), and coloring with colored pencils. I used Copics just a bit to simply get the teddy bears’ base colors down, but otherwise, I used Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, as listed below:
Dark Bear: Copic Base E41 + Prismacolors: Ginger Root (PC1084), Jasmine (PC1012), Sunburst Yellow (PC917), Light Umber (PC941), Chocolate (PC1082), Dark Umber (PC947), Espresso (PC1099), 90% Warm Grey (PC1058), Black (PC935)
Light Bear: Copic Base E50 + Prismacolors: White (PC938), Sand (PC940), Goldenrod (PC1034), Sienna (PC 1031), 90% Warm Grey (PC1058), Black (PC935)
While I intended to color up the oval die cut area on which I had stamped out the image with colored pencils and leave the stamping outside of the oval uncolored, I had some problems blending the colored pencils on the background, so I fussy cut out the bears and then re-did the background with Copic markers as follows:
Red balloon: R22, R24, R29
Orange balloon: YR01, YR04, YR07
Yellow balloon (partial): Y19
Blue balloon (partial): B28
Background: Y00, YG11, B000, B00
An unintended benefit of fixing this oops was that I was able to add some extra dimension. I popped up the oval area with some fun foam and the teddy bears got an added lift with foam dots! I think this made the bears pop to life even more than just the spotlight (oval area) coloring would have done.
I stamped out the image again with with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then outlined the non-bear areas of the image with a 0.1 pt Copic Multiliner Pen to emphasize the contrast between the “realistic” no-line colored bears and the cartoony aspects of the rest of the stamped image. To finish off the card, I cut away more of the sides around the card front, specifically fussy cutting around two of the hearts off two of the edges, so that the card front would be framed by the shimmery dark blue cardstock card base.
CLICK on the following picture to watch my share about my DT haul from LoveCrafts as well as my colored pencil coloring:
Disclosure: Many of the supplies I’ve used for today’s project are linked. Some may be affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog!
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional No Design Paper Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Penny Black and More Favorites Challenge
The Male Room Use Die Cuts Challenge
Gorgeous card Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge atThrough The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge. Good luck Ginny
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Thanks so very much Ginny!
Great use of the spotlight technique. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black & More and The Male Room challenges
Thanks oodles, Lynn!
I Love this card, it looks like they are flying into the distance with those balloons. Thank you so much for joining us in our Sketch challenge at The Male Room this week. Looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
Faith DT TMR
Oh you are so kind, Faith! Thanks so much!
So very cute, thank you for also joining us at Penny Black and More challenge and sharing a ‘Favourite Stamp’ with us.
Thanks so much Brenda! This was super fun
OMG, your colouring is sublime!!!!! I LOVE how you have them pop on the oval with the colours!!!! It’s simply genius!!! Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious Challenge, we hope to see you again next time. Hugs, Brigitte
Oh thank you so much Brigitte! I am so grateful for your kind words!
Sweet and fabulous card!
Thank you for sharing at Penny Black and more;-))m
Thanks oodles, Mervi!
Very cute card! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!Hugs, JoyJoyfully StampsLil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator
Awww you’re so kind. Thanks so much Joy!
Great card – love the spotlight technique and the way you’ve coloured the bears.
Please remember to include our badge in your post as requested in our challenge.
Thanks for sharing it with us at The Male Room Challenge.
Great card, very good technique!
Thank you for playing along with us at Little Patch of Crafty Friends & good luck for this challenge!!
A lovely card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our “anything goes + optional no design paper” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…
(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
(DT Crafty Friends)
(DT The Sketchy Challenges)
(DT Simply Create Too)
PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…