Friday, July 15, 2011

Christmas in JULY!

On Tuesday I said I would have a special TREAT for you...Everyone Loves GIFTS right?  Nothing better than a gift of RUBBER right???  Well, today I'm finishing off Christmas in July with a little card and a gift for one lucky reader...You'll have to follow some directions though...
When coloring this little girl, I was thinking about how I was going to display her.  She needed some sort of Christmas scene for sure.  Since there was nothing in the set that spoke Christmas (more spring flowers in the set), I decided I needed to doodle my own scenery...Sooooo...Got out my Copic .35 Multiliner pen (works perfectly for Copic coloring afterwards) and doodled some cartoon-like images. 

*  First something to ground this little girl...grass.  Colored that with my Copics then cut it out.  Added some pop dots and set it aside. 

*  Then I made the thinking bubble.  I thought the card wouldn't speak "Christmas" without some sentiment...So the little girl "SPOKE".  Every cartoon needs a thinking bubble, right?  Doodled that and cut it out.  Used my Copics to add some contrast.  Added a pop dot and set it aside. 

* After preparing my images, I started moving them around on a white background...I liked the little girl in the position she's in on the card, but I felt there was a lot of space to her left so...I HAD TO FILL IT IN!  I doodled a Christmas ball, colored it in and cut it out.  Placed it in position (without glue) and surveyed the look...I LIKED IT. 

*  The white background was WAY too bright so I decided to do my favorite sky coloring technique to tone the white down a bit.  LOVED IT!!! 

* Finished...NO...Something wasn't right....I thought about cartoons and decided to outline the image like a cartoon frame.  Worked perfectly for these cartoon-like images.  OK...So cut the whole thing out. 

* In selecting a card base, I knew I wanted the image to be the focus...that's all the card needed...So put it on some black cardstock and the whole scene just POPPED!  LOVED IT!!!!

Stamps:  T-3263 Brighten Your Day, T2144 Trendy Greetings
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic .35 Multiliner Pen
Skin:  E00, 01, 50
Hair:  E21, 34, 35, 57
Dress, bows, ball stripes: R02, 14, 22, 24
Ball holder:  Y15; YR23;
Grass/Ball/Dress:  G24, 40, 82; YG 06, 21
Sky:  BG0000, B0000
Paper:  Copic Xpress It Card, Bazzill Raven Cardstock

DON'T BE AFRAID TO DOODLE.....I doodle because the images I stamp start to build a story...I doodle to share that story and to make it come to life...

So there's my process...Now the GIFT...I'm giving away this stamp set to one lucky person!  In the comment section, share your thoughts about doodling...Do you do it?  Why do/don't you doodle?  When do/don't you doodle?  I'll pick one lucky winner and on the last day of July, I'll announce the winner.  It's that EASY!!! 


  1. I don't doodle because I just don't seem to get the doodles "uniform" - they seem all different when I back up and look at what I have done. But love the card you came up with and the christmas feel it brings.

  2. Great card and great doodling!! Love it! I do not doodle too much, I am always afraid of ruining my project! Please do not put my name in the drawing for the stamp set.

  3. This is so cute :) I love your work! I doodle a little but not much because I just never seem to get it right....I am envious of your talent!

  4. Love your card! I'm afraid I don't doodle either, I have tried but don't like the outcome.

  5. your card is fantastic, Kerry! I wish I could doodle like that! I have to admit that I'm not much of a doodler but on the last few cards I've created I've added a little doodling. I LOVE the look but am afraid that if I doodle I'll ruin the entire card or image. So I guess you could say my fear gets the best of me!!

  6. Super cute and great coloring!

  7. i do doodle! i doodle when the stash doesn't match the inspiration...or when the cash doesn't lol.
    after seeing your card, i'm going to become a 'border doodler' too:)

  8. Very cute! I doodle quite a bit. I love adding little doodlings or drawings to my cards.

  9. I love doodling!
    For anyone trying it, get a nice black fine pen and just go with what feels.
    Last year, I made my nephews a unique christmas gift. I made them a canvas each. With their names in big bubble letters across the middle and then just doodled with Sharpies all their favorite things into a scene. I had tons of fun making them and the boys loved it. Its so hard crafting for boys!

  10. I really do not doodle since I am always afraid that I will ruin the whole card. My hand pinned art is not so great. Your however looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

  11. LOVE this card and oh my gawsh - thanks so much for all the wonderful detail on creating it. TFS


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