June 9, 2012

HUGS for a Father

Howdy-do everyone!  It's amazing how fast time is flying by....I can't believe it's already June.  Seems just like yesterday we were ringing in the New Year.  When I was a little girl it took for-ev-er for time to go by....every day seemed like a month....now, every day flies by like a nano-second...which is pretty darn fast. 

June's a pretty busy month - at work I have a mid-year review (ick!), my birthday is next week and of course we have Father's Day.  Since my Father passed away in 2000 and both my Grandfather's are gone...now I make a card for my boyfiend's Father.  I have to tell you I saw a card in the store many years back that said "To my boyfriend on Father's Day" and when you opened it up the inside said "Scared you didn't I?'  LOL!

So the project I want to share with you today is the Father's Day card I'm sending....it's not a traditional Father's Day card but since he's not my Father I think it works just fine!

The papers are from the Everyday Moments 6x6 paper pad by Teresa Collins.  I LOVE the blues and yellows together - what a nice summery color combination.  The stamped image is from CC Designs Swiss Pixie collection and her name is Butterfly Lucy.  I have the digital image but I believe she comes in a red rubber stamp as well.  I colored her with COPICS (Samantha, this is for you....)

Skin: E000. E00, E11, R20                         Hair: E31, E33, E35, E37
Dress: Y13, Y15                                         Top: B34, B37
Shoes: E35, E37, 0                                     Butterfly: YR02, YR04
Sidewalk: C1, C3, C5                                 Grass: G21, G24, G28
Slight shadow outline: B000

The inside sentiment is a stamp by Stampendous called 'Father's Day' - imagine that?  The 'Hugs' is from a CC Designs stamp set by AmyR called "Be Happy Sentiments'.  I have to tell you that I am having a blast making the little epoxy embellishments at the bottom right.  They're made using the Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio - it's so easy to do and it really ties the embellishments together with the paper.

Now something interesting I did for this image was I created the sidewalk.  The stamped image is only of the little girl.  I drew in and colored the sidewalk and the grass.  I really love how this looks.  You always want to ground your image so that they aren't just floating in air...and normally I just put a little shadow on the ground.  But I saw a video on youtube by Prairie Paper and Ink (AmyR) on how to create a sidewalk so I had to try it myself.  I love how it makes the image pop!

1. You decide how far up you want the sidewalk to be - using a ruler, mark the line with a pencil and then use a pen (compatible with COPICS - I used a COPIC Multipliner) to draw over the pencil mark without using the ruler
2. Mark the sidewalk cracks using the ruler at an angle (make sure all cracks in the sidewalk are at the same angle), erase pencil lines when done
3. Color and shade the sidewalk with COPIC markers
4. Then of course you have to add the grass as well or the sidewalk looks out of place.

I used to just stamp a sentiment on the inside of the card and be done with it....but again, watching youtube videos by Prairie Paper and Ink, Amy always finishes the insides of her cards....and since I like how it looks I finished the inside of mine.  It really does finish the card nicely.  Here's a picture of the inside of my card.

That's all I have for today...thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon. 


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