Spring Festival Challenge 4 – Erica

Hello, Erica on the Krumspring blog today.

How are we doing? Who’s got all the sunshine? It’s been rubbish weather where I am for ages, with only the odd dry day here and there. Blah-ness I call it. It is actually perfect weather to stay in and colour all day so it’s not all bad.

My challenge theme is FLOWERS.

Before I get to the card I made for this blog post I wanted to take a minute to talk about something fun that’s going on right now: The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge! It’s a challenge to take some time out every day to do a little bit of colouring, even if it’s just five minutes, for ‘me time’. Colouring is great for stress relief and to brighten your mood, it really does help. You can find lots of inspiration on both Instagram (search for the hashtag #TheDailyMarker30Day) and Facebook (search for The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge and ask to be added to the group) where our fearless leader Kathy Racoosin post both tutorials, videos and giveaways every day. So in addition to having some fun and getting inspiration, you can also win lots of crafting goodies! You might be able to see why I’m such a fan and chances are, seeing as you are reading this, you are also a craft lover so why not join in? This is the 7th challenge and I have participated in every single one but this time I am also a Goodwill Ambassador which means I am one of nine crafty ladies who help Kathy out by leaving comments, encouragement and answer any questions you might have. We would love to see your creations so please do join us.

Right, now that that is covered, let’s get to the card itself.

I stamped up three sunflowers from the For My Sunflower set on Copic friendly paper and before I started colouring, I made a little colouring chart on the side with all the Copics I thought I might use. I tend to just colour away and not keep track of which ones I use, which makes it difficult/impossible if I ever want to make more than one so this time I thought I’d be clever and get it done. I then ticked the ones I ended up actually using and hopefully I will not throw out the notes this time..!

When I colour flowers with Copics I tend to use the flicking technique and the first colour I put down is always the lightest, then I go in with a much darker right in at the centre/base and the tip of the petals. Next I go back to a light colour, but not the lightest, to bridge the gaps and create some definition but making sure not to cover all of the white and lightest colour as that’s what gives those natural highlights. Finally I go very dark right in by the base of the petals and very lightly flick with the Copic marker to add shading and depth.

For the middle I decided to do dotting, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: it’s when you simply dot the colour down rather than blending it. For texture and definition I used three different colours for this part and just kept going until all the white space was covered.

The leaves I kept quite pale green but forgot to write down the numbers of the Copics. So much for my memo to self, eh? I coloured the leaves much the same way I did the petals, flick, flick, flick, done!

Next step was fussy cutting everything out. I used all of them that I had stamped up, even though I didn’t use all three of the flowers. Except for one of the leaves, I cut them all off the stems and glued them to the back of the flowers in different places to make a big, leafy bunch.

I figured flowers need a vase and thinking outside the box, I went through all my other Krumspring stamps to see what I could use as one. Feeling very clever, I grabbed the Happiness Overload set and turning the christmas tree upside down I stamped the bottom of it upside-down. First in black ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powdered over before colouring it in with blue and grey toned Zig markers.

To start putting the card together I put down a card base on the table and started arranging the flowers in the vase. Once I was happy with the look, I put another piece of cardstock over it and then gently flipped it over. Removing the bottom piece, the backs of all the flowers and leaves were exposed and I added foam tape to the back of it in places, making sure all of them were also adhered to each other. When it was all done, I set that aide until I was ready to add it to the actual card.

For the background I had an idea of splattering green distress ink all over water colour card stock but I couldn’t get the colour rich enough so I grabbed a distress stain and tried dabbing it directly on it. That didn’t work at all… so I tried fixing it by swirling it around with a paintbrush but that didn’t really look right either. Attempt number three saw me wiping the dauber all over the background hoping to cover up all my boo-boos and wouldn’t you believe it, that it got TOO green! Ack!! Well, out came the paint brushes again to dilute it a little and finally I just had to stop, let it dry and see if it would be acceptable to use. After all that faffing about, I didn’t have that high hopes but it actually came out rather nice!

I have some lovely dark grey, matte card stock from Hero Arts that I used as a card base and to make sure it didn’t get completely hidden by the panel, I trimmed a tiny sliver off the top and the side so it would frame the whole thing by peeking out. I glued it all on and stuck the flowers down too. On a very think piece of white card stock I stamped one of the sentiments from the For My Sunflower set, ‘You bring flower power to my life’, in two different shades of orange inks to create an ombré effect. Using more foam tape I added it to the card and also a few enamel dots for embellishments.

That’s it from me for today, I hope I have inspired you to get your Copics/pencils/brushes and Krumspring stamps out and joining in with The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge!

Big crafty hugs from Erica

[ Supplies I used ]

For My Sunflower

Happiness Overload

TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CHALLENGE

Create a card/project based on the challenge, and share it via the link up below this post.
If you share on Instagram and Facebook do not forget to hashtag it #krumspringfestival17 and that your profile must be public to participate.

Last day to participate is March 18. Winners will be announced March 19.

Prizes

Every time you submit a project for a challenge, you participate in the raffle of the following prizes:

FIRST PRIZE

  • One lucky winner will win a gift certificate to the shop of 400 DKK / 53 € / 57 US$ !
  • And then there will be 3 lucky winners who will win 2 stampsets of their choice!

And the more challenge submissions there is, the more prizes will unlock:

  • 100 challenge submissions unlocks an additional gift certificate of 100 DKK / 13.5 € / 14.3 US$
  • 150 challenge submissions unlocks an additional gift certificate of 150 DKK / 20 € / 21.5 US$

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