The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog.
We're back. I have so much more to tell you about this card.
To be true to McClain history, I really should have made this with a yellow canoe and wooden paddles. When Tom and I were newlyweds, we had a beautiful yellow Sawyer canoe. I usually steered from the bow while Tom power paddled from the stern. And, for the slow, lazy rivers, we filled our bottles with Seagram's Crown Whiskey and 7-Up. So, 20+ years later, whenever I drink a 7 and 7 I think of our yellow canoe and the waterfall or two I swam when we missed the eddy or Tom yelled draw while I back paddled. Fun!
Last Saturday was just a beautiful blue-sky, hot Texas day. Caitlin wanted try out her new underwater camera – Pillow and Tom just wanted to try out the water. It felt like a good occasion to commemorate with a card.
I thought I'd use this card as an opportunity to share with you a little bit about my creative process – such as it is.
I usually start by checking out some of my favorite challenge blogs. Creating a card with a blank pallet just overwhelms me. Sketch challenges, in particular, help jump-start my design ideas. As I mentioned yesterday, for this card I used this fun sketch from CardPatterns, Sketch 67.
Sometimes I also find a color or theme challenge that gives me some great ideas for my card that I wouldn't have thought of otherwise. Crazy for Challenges, C4C40, asked us to use pleates. I've been wanting to try these forever. And one of my favorite bloggers, Jeanie Witmer at The Spotted Chick reminds us every Thursday how cute cards look with Kraft cardstock.
This picture kind of tells the rest of the story.
- When I'm coloring with Copics, I always stamp the image twice. One image will be the one I play with and, hopefully, make all my mistakes on, and the second will be my final image for the card. I experiment with blending different markers on the same paper, and then try them on the practice image. (When I first started using Copics, I used to stamp the image three times.)
- As you all probably know, I love paper piecing. Sometimes I use the practice image in my paper piecing, like I did with Peepster's arm in this one.
- When I use a marker, I put it in a separate pen holder so I remember what I used. Sometimes I take pictures of the markers for you as I'm making the card, but, when I'm more rushed, I just save them to snap later.
- There's a LOT of trial and error. See that wooden sheet on the bottom left of the picture? I found these great paper-weight wooden sheets at a local scrapbook store and tried stamping on them with Memento ink – it did not work. The longer it sat, the more the ink bled into the wood. It was a mess. I love Memento ink, but Staz-On worked much better on these wood sheets. Just remember, you can't use Staz-On with your Copics – it will ruin the nibs.
- And, finally, as I use a product, I keep it in a little pile to the side and then write down the names of all the products so I can share them with you all. I usually don't put them away as I use them, because, you know, that slows the flow. But, being the Virgo I am, I'm pretty particular about putting everything back in it's place when the whole project is done.
For this card, I really only colored Peepsta's skin and hat and Pillow's body – the rest was all cut from pieces of the Pink Paislee 365 paper and wood sheets. Here are the Copics I used and the rest of the recipe.
- Embellishments – Button from Stampin' Up!'s Button Bouquet
- Fibers: Household string
- Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics, Staz-on Jet Black
- Paper – ; Neenah, PrisIm, Pink Paislee 365, Kraft, Wood sheets
- Stamp: Eat Cake Graphics Summer Camp cling stamp set
- Tools: Nestabilities
I love, love these Eat Cake Graphics images. Be forewarned – I have several I'm itching to ink up. And, if you're in a summer frame of mind, stay tuned to the Paper Garden Projects blog – Cathy has lots of fun sizzling projects lined up for June.