I wanted to keep up with my efforts to use stamps and papers in my stash so I decided to color up this sweet Santoro Gorjuss Girl called “Little Red” for a Valentines Day card. I also wanted to stretch myself and practice some no line Copic coloring and use softer colors than I normally do, and I was pretty happy with the outcome of my #outofmycomfortzone adventures.
For the card front background I also dug into my stash and used a pretty pattern paper with hearts, flowers and birds from the “Pastels & Whites” paper stack by Craft Sensations (I took my Copic color cues from this paper). Rather than have the little girl just floating on the sea of pattern, I decided to use a Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Frame die with white card stock to create a frame. I wanted to ground the little girl so I found a scrap of patterned note paper in a shabby chic green with cream colored script that I cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside die. I was going to just inset that hill into the frame, but I thought it might be nice to soften all of these patterns behind the little girl so she could remain the focal point without a lot of distracting pattern behind her. So I layered a piece of vellum paper behind the frame and over top of the hill and center of the background paper, and this softened the patterns nicely while still keeping them visible.
I stamped the main focal point Gorjuss Girl image with Momento Desert Sand Ink (my favorite ink for no line Copic coloring). Then I colored her up with the following Copic colors:
Skin: E000, E00, E01, E21, E11 and R20
Hair: Y11, E31, E33, E23, E25 and 0.3 pt Copic Multiliner Pen in Warm Gray for fine details (I think this was key to the final look)
Pink of headband, dress and tights: R30 and R32
Cape: YG01, YG13, YG03 and YG25
Underskirt and gray of tights: W0, W1, W3 and White Prismacolor Colored Pencil
I also emphasized the black of her eyes with a 0.03 pt Copic Multiliner Pen in Black and added highlights to her eyes and dot details to her dress with a Uniball Signo White Gel Pen.
Lastly, I decided the little girl could be traipsing through a meadow to deliver a box of Valentines chocolates so I dug up this cute conversation heart stamp from an old Recollections Valentines set that also had never seen ink. I inked it up with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in Worn Lipstick for a soft pinky peachy look that I thought matched the colors in the background paper and the colors I’d used to color up the girl’s dress. I tucked the heart into her left hand (notice how her thumb overlaps the front while the rest of her hand is behind) before popping up the entire fussy cut girl on double sided foam adhesive for a little added interest and dimension.
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The following is a quick card share video:
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Art Impressions Sweet Treats Challenge – box of chocolates she’s delivering. 🙂
Penny Black and More Love, Hearts and Flowers Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Take Note Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday It Must Be Love Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes With Optional Love/Anniversary/Thinking of You Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional Love Challenge