Sunday, 10 September 2017

More Than I Can Bear

Hi and welcome!  Today's card was made for a few challenges, not least the MFT 2017 Card Superstar Contest!  I decided to throw my hat in the ring and after a lot of umm-ing and ahh-ing, I decided this card fits the Coloring category best.  Which is probably the most fiercely contested category as there are some absolutely amazing colorists out there.  But hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained 😃  The other challenges I'm entering are Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge to Stamp It; CAS on Sunday who are looking for coloring and my second entry for AAA Cards, whose theme is Creatures Great or Small.

So this card took me an age to create!  I had a sketch drawn out on scrap paper which gave me the basic layout.  I wanted a night sky behind the scallop circle frame so sponged some Distress Oxide and Distress Inks onto a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock, keeping the lighter color in the center and circling out to the darker colors.  I then flicked on some water drops and some shimmer spray and set it aside to dry.  I die-cut a panel with the stitched frame in Blueprints 13 and also cut a circle using a Pierced Circle die.  The scallop frame was adhered over the top.  I took a piece of heat-resistant acetate and white-embossed the sentiment and adhered that to the back of the circle cut-out.

Once the ink-blended panel was dry, I adhered some silver star confetti randomly onto the panel then attached it to the front panel with liquid glue.

All the images were colored with Copics and the bears were dabbed with Coloreless Blender on a piece of towel to give some texture to their fur.  All the images were then cut with my Scan n Cut.  I do have the dies for the Happy Hedgehogs set, but not for the Birthday Bears so had to keep all the cutting consistent.  Just for interest's sake, there are 18 individual leaves - colored to look like autumn leaves, 5 mushrooms and 2 acorns around the 2 bears 😃I went around the outside of each cut image with a black marker and also added Black Glaze pen to the bears' eyes.  The two acorns and the two bears are all popped up on foam tape,  The rest of the images are adhered directly to the card.

Thanks for visiting. 

CAS on Sunday

Products used:

Stamps:  Birthday Bears, Happy Hedgehogs, Polar Bear Pals (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Black Licorice Hybrid, Chipped Sapphire Distress, Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans, Broken China Distress Oxide
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Acetate, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Blueprints 13, Stitched Circle Scallop Frame, Pierced Circle Stax
Accessories:  Copics, White EP, Star Confetti, Navy and Silver Shimmer Spritz, White Gel Pen, Black Glaze Pen



Aileen said...

Beautiful scene Karren, love it right down to the 18 little leaves. It all comes together perfectly. I didnt realise you had the Scan nCut I could have talked to you. I only just worked out after one year how to cut with a border. The place I bought from fell through with lessons and everything I watched on youTube caused more confusion than ever. I dont know if its being hearing impaired but I do better with one on one. Anyway finally today I watched a video and it clicked. Of all my images I only had a couple of instances where a random line was cut instead of the whole image and for some reason it didnt acknowledge some images I stamped from Stamping bella and I wonder if they are too fine. Anyway highjacked your comments here, its a brilliant card, absolutely love it and your colouring.

Jane said...

Oh how sweet is that sentiment and your critters look fabulous against that gorgeous sky background. Lovely to have you link up with us at AAA Cards.

LucieGCards said...

What a great card! Love that background and your colouring is amazing! Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Cards!

I Card Everyone said...

Every element is adorable, Karren! I have to say the Coloring Challenge was the right choice... your bears are blended so absolutely perfectly!! the very best of luck to you!

Linda Callahan said...

You are a superstar me! Your coloring is fabulous....this card is amazing....and oh so adorable!

Ceal said...

so adorable! great coloring. thanks for joining us at AAA Cards!

Pat R said...

Wonderful design and fabulous the texture on the bears!

Darnell said...

This is star-worthy to me, Karren! I was mesmerized by the design process! You make it look so easy, but that was a lot of work!! Hugs, Darnell

Jen Camara Mitchell said...

If you're not a Superstar then I don't know what is wrong with the world! This is absolutely fabulous and a winner for sure!

Cara said...

Wow, this is just stunning, good luck, nit that you need it x

Jo Nevill said...

Awww this is such a gorgeous and cute scene
Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

Jo x

Barb Ghig said...

I'm so glad you are entering for your really is your strength and I believe you have a great chance to win! I love how you created such a sweet scene with the bears and your multi-colored leaves are so pretty! I love how you used your Scan n Cut for all the images, too!
You did a great job combining challenges...crossing my fingers and toes for you :)

Mariken said...

Love your colouring card, so beautiful. Thank you for joining our challenge at Cas on Friday.
Mariken DT