This cute little hedgehog with his pumpkin is the image for Gerda Steiner’s October challenge.
The trickiest part of this monthly challenge is deciding what to do with the digital stamp. It would be relatively easy to print it out, colour it, die cut a circle or square around it, and mount it over some patterned paper on a card base, but I like to try and come up with something different if I can. And I’m rubbish at arranging patterned paper backgrounds…
So, after letting my brain ponder the problem for a few days, I came up with the idea of having the hedgehog sitting on a pile of leaves. The first thing I had to do was create some digi leaves to go with the digi hedgehog and then arrange them into a pile for him to sit on.
Once I was happy with the scene, I printed it out and coloured it with Copic markers. I had a search to see what Copics people used for hedgehogs and found a tutorial on colouring Penny Black hedgehogs by Kathy Racoosin; I used that as a starting point for colouring my critter. I used a selection of different reds, yellows and browns to create a pile of autumn leaves.
I had intended to make this a one-layer card, but then I dropped a marker and left a very obvious splurge on the card. It’s a good job I find fussy cutting satisfying 🙂
For the background I took two pale colours of Distress ink and applied them through a stencil to create a brick wall. I then found a suitable patterned paper for the ground, gave it a grassy die cut edge and glued it over the background.
I mounted the hedgehog on some sheet foam, along with the extra leaf. A scattering of sequins was the finishing touch.
- digital stamps:
Gerda Steiner Designs – hedgehog with pumpkin
Lawn Fawn – grassy border
My Favourite Things – small brick wall
Distress ink pads – antique linen, old paper
- Copic markers:
hedgehog – E50, E31, E37, E27, E17, RV10
pumpkin – Y35,YR15, YR18, YG63, G94
leaves 1 – Y28, YR16, E08
leaves 2 – Y11, YR04, R08
leaves 3 – YR23, YG93, Y28
leaves 4 – E77, YR09, Y19
Doodlebug – sequins – bonbon
Pretty Pink Posh – sequins – 4mm – sparkling clear
Wink of Stella – clear
- paper and card:
Papermill Direct – super smooth – white
Neenah – solar white
First Edition – paper pad – falling leaves