Sunday, March 7, 2010

Bear-ied in Paperwork :-) ,,, card making tutorial

A few days ago Steph at Simon Says Stamp asked me if I would make a tutorial on how I make my cards using a Gruffies stamp :-) A step by step 'how I do it' ! :-) get coffee ,,, long post !! :-)

We all have a different way we do things but I always start with a stamp that I want to use. I have chosen this very cute Bear-ied in Paperwork by Stampabilities

Then I decide a sketch, I always try to find a suitable one on one of the many challenges out there :-) for this card I thought Maya's sketch on the Sketch Saturday Challenge was perfect :-) Thanks Maya xx

I then stamp the image and shape it according to the sketch ,, in this case I used my Spellbinders Nestability Circle die.

The next step is to choose the papers,, I love the new Basic Grey Origins paper pad and accessories and I thought they would work well with this image ,,, a bit 'graph' like :)

I then trim and make any fancy edges, I used a Martha Stewart Arch Lattice Border punch.

As I have trimmed the paper I feel that the edges need some inking :-) I use the thin cut off strips to test the colours of ink that will work best. The vintage photo ink I didn't think was quite dark enough so I added a little black to it. I ink the edges of the papers and the image.

I always use a Tim Holtz blending tool to do this, I find they really are alot better to use than bits of foam that some people use.

Now I come to the strip across the center of the card ,,, I was debating whether or not to use ribbon ,, but then thought I could ink a plain piece of card and ink a cuttlebug script folder, it ties in with the image perfectly I think ,,, :-)

Now I am ready to start coloring. I am choosing to use Copic Markers , I love these pens ! :-) They are all in stock at Simon Says Stamp !! :-) I always keep my colour chart handy, as you can see it is well used !!! It really helps to color coordinate your images to the designer papers.

I strt with the skin tones first, colour all these areas with the lightest skin shade that you use ,, in thins case I used E000

then add a darker shade to the shaded areas ,, I used E00, then blend them together with the lighter E000 I added a little R20 to the cheeks and blended again with E000

now for the fur, I decided to make him a little honey colourd so used E11 and gave him a light colour everywhere

then added E13 and E15 to the shaded and then blended with E11 so there were no harsh lines

I used the same technige for the papers using E40, 41 and 43

I shaded the lower area with a Warm Grey, W3, and smudged the edges with a blender pen.

OK ,,, all done ,,,, now it all comes together :-) While I have been making this card I have been thinking fof what embelishments I have that will look good with this image ,,,,, what shall I find in my messy drawers ????

Start to assemble the card :-) think think ,,,, whats in my drawers ???

I use 3D tape for added dimension :-)

Oohh look what I found to use ,,,,,

This was on a recent parcel from Simon says Stamp !!! Perfect ,,,, recycling too !!! :-)

I also had some Tim Holtz Ideology mini paper clips and some Philosophy tags,, and some matchinhg Basic Grey Origins Epoxy Clips.

I thought that it needed a little something in the bottom right corner too. So I lightly stamped some numbers from the Tim Holtz Urban Chic set :-)

This card will be for Steph's Birthday I think :-) I know Heidi keeps her very busy and she must feel like this at times ha ha :-)

What do you think ?? I would love to know your thoughts ,,, have I rabbited on too much ,,, are you bored silly ?? Please leave me a comment ,,, the good the bad and the ugly :-)

I have a GORGEOUS blog candy sponsored by Heidi at Simon Says Stamp if you would like to take a peek it is at the top of my blog :-)


Anne said...

Awesome tutorial Los, thank you so much, phew you must feel like you wrote a novel! I found your step by step colouring very helpful, as well as the inked folder idea

Powerful Search Engine said...

Hi Lorraine this is just like having your friend next to you chatting and telling and showing you what they did great tutorial love the look hugs Pascale

Sue said...

Hi Lols
oh hun thanks for the tutorial it was brill, luv your card he is so cute, all them embelies look brill, well done hun, sue,x

Riet said...

Wowwww Lorraine,what a beautiful card.

Hugs Riet.xx

Christine said...

Hi Lorraine wow so much detail thank you for taking the time making this tut..very informative..& all I want is loads of these cute colour & use..

Hugs Christine xx

Sue from Oregon said...

Great read...very interesting! TFS!

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

It´s a great tut Lorraine! TFS hun!


Sarah said...

Wow what a fabulous card, the image is gorgeous and your tutorial is brilliant, thank you for sharing x

downrightcrafty said...

Hi Lols
now you know how much I love these little beauties and you have done a fabulous card and tutorial. I especially like the recycling element, never really looked at my parcels that long. Usually to busy opening them up and grabbing my new goodies out to try them. Must make a mental note to consider everything in future
Hugs Kate x

Penni said...

Fabulous tutorial. It's nice to see how your whole card comes together. I love this stamp!!!


AndreaM said...

A wonderful card and a great tutorial!

Hugs, AndreaM

Kim. said...

Gorgeous card and a superb tutorial, it was really useful and very well described.
Kim xXx

Susie Sugar said...

Fantastic tutorial such a great stamp and a truly great end result
amazing card
Hugs Susie xx

Liz Corrigan said...

Lorraine thank you for such a super tutorial. I love to know how we all do different techniques. This is a super card. Rosie x

Lynne in NI said...

Fab tutorial Lorraine ... TFS!
And gorgeous card too, such creative embellishments, I'd never in a million years have thought of using the Priority mail sticker!

Julye said...

great tutorial and funtoo thanks for sharing Julye

Lesley said...

fantastic tutorial...and gorgeous card...i love the step by step instructions...hugs Lesley xx

Tracy said...

This was fab I really enjoyed reading and looking through your tutorial. It's always nice to see how others work and pick up some tips on the way.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Thea said...

great tutorial, you make a beautiful card, love the bear.

greetings Thea

Martine said...

love this tutorial sweetie, such a pretty card too and so clever to recycle the parcel packaging :), will be keeping that idea in mind me thinks as i have sooo many envelopes and packaging crammed in my cupboard as you already know hehe

take care sweetie



Andria said...

That is totally unique and very very imaginative - one beautiful card ans certainly very inspiring :)

Andria said...

That is totally unique and very very imaginative - one beautiful card ans certainly very inspiring :)

Squirrel x said...

Wow hun, no wonder your cards are always so gorgeous if you put that amount of work into each one! Thanks for your tutorial - must get a blending thingy .... and loving that little bear! Hugs, Squirrel xx

cats whiskers said...

Fabulous card sweetie, thanks so much for the tut
Hugs jacqui x

debby4000 said...

Oh WOW this is brilliant, how wonderful to see the cute bear come alive and how you achieve this. I almost want to give up my pencils.

Delphine said...

Great tutorial! Lots of details, nice pictures and I loved reading your thoughts... Very interesting! Thank you for sharing with us! Hugs Delphine xx

Victoria said...

This is absolutely amazing a fantastic tutorial I adore it. that stamp is just gorgeous, never thought to colour HM in copics I always imagined that distressed inks would be better, glad to have been proven wrong x

email: said...

Thank you SO much for doing this! It couldn't have turned out better! And yes please please reserve it for me for my B'day...I LOVE IT!!!!! :-)


Emma said...

Fantastic your card, so adorable.
Hugs Emma x

Dulcie said...

I love it! It's interesting to see how everyone does their colouring, it's a real insight and lovely to read :-) Dulcie x

Anonymous said...

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Kaz said...

Wow! Great tutorial and such a fantastic card. Love your recycling....great idea!
Kaz xx

Annaleah said...

I love your card making tutorial. Keep them going and nice job. :)