For November’s challenge, Gerda Steiner offered up this little bear with his scarf and mug.
The colouring on the bear was inspired by a tutorial I found over on the Color Me Copic blog.
My initial idea was to foil the digital stamp and sentiment and also to have the image partially cut off at the edge of the panel.
I created the layout with the bear and sentiment on my Mac using Affinity Designer and printed it on the laser printer so that I could foil it using the Minc mini. I used two different foils — copper for the bear and red for the sentiment — I just had to be careful the foils didn’t slip in the transfer folder.
Once the foiling was done, I rounded the corners and sat down to think how best to colour it.
Inspired by a tutorial I found for colouring animals and keeping some texture in the fur, I got out my trusty Copics and had a play. I’m quite pleased with how most of it turned out, but some bits could have done with a smoother transition. Still not bad for a first attempt.
The bear was finished off with a coat of pico embellisher shimmer over the scarf and mug.
I cut out a mask for the bear and used two colours of Distress ink through a Tim Holtz stencil to create the background.
The panel was mounted on a dark green card base (with rounded corners) using a piece of fun foam to pop it up.
I am becoming more and more convinced that it isn’t actually possible to photograph a card that has colouring and foiling on so that you can see both the colouring and the foiling. Or at least not without a completely different lighting setup to the one I have.
Gerda Steiner progressive monthly challenge – November
- digital stamps:
Gerda Steiner – little mug bear
Comic Neue Angular (free font)
Tim Holtz – tracks
Wow! – fab foil – copper
Wow! – fab foil – red
Distress – ink pad – tattered rose, cracked pistachio, antique linen
- Copic markers:
bear – E34, E35, E57, E59, E02
scarf – R27, R46, R59
mug – G12, G14, G07, E17, E18
shadow – W0, W1, W3, W5
Irresistible pico embellisher – shimmer
- paper and card:
Papermill Direct – plain – dark green
Neenah – solar white – 216gsm
We R Memory Keepers – ¼″ corner chomper
Heidi Swapp – minc mini