Another month, another cute image from Gerda Steiner to colour. This time it’s a panda sitting atop a pile of hearts, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
To avoid them all merging together into one big red pile, I used three different pinky-red blends for the hearts. I also added a bit of sparkle and shine to the big heart and faux stitching on some of the smaller ones.
A bit of a shadow underneath everything just helps to ground the image; rather than just floating over the middle of the white card, it feels like it actually belongs there.
Backgrounds are always tricky for challenge images. I am terrible at using white space, so I always want to add something, but don’t want to just repeat the simple ground-sky combo too often. I originally thought about doing a couple of large stencilled hearts behind him, but I wasn’t loving the idea. Then I remembered the “strobes” stencil sitting in my “new and must use” pile. I added Distress ink with a stencil brush, which gave a nice bit of extra definition along the edges and I think it works really nicely with the image.
I die-cut it with a postage stamp die (love these dies) and added dots around the edge.
I wanted to use ribbon behind the panda, but I didn’t want to add it directly onto the card base. But I also didn’t want to cover up all of the pretty pink with another layer of card. So I raided my stash for some as yet unused frosted sheet — this is stiff enough to wrap the ribbon around and the frosting lets the colour shine through while adding another texture to the card.
I die cut some small hearts to scatter around, put some directly on the card base and stuck the frosted sheet flat to the base. Then I used foam tape to pop the main panel up over the top and added a few more small hearts.
- Gerda Steiner Designs progressive challenge – January 2018
- The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge
panda, white – W1, W00, 0
panda, black – W10, W9, W8, W6
hearts 1 – RV34, RV17, RV19
hearts 2 – RV25, RV29, RV69
hearts 3 – R24, R46, R59
hearts shadows – W5, W3, W1
- digital stamps:
Gerda Steiner Designs – panda in love
Hero Arts – postage stamp infinity
Lawn Fawn – hearts
Visible Image – strobes
- ink pads:
Distress – spun sugar, picked raspberry
Copic multiliner – pink 0.3
Atyou Spica – pink, silver
Irresistible – pico embellisher – shimmer
- paper and card:
Neenah solar white 216gsm
Hunkydory Adorable Scorable pearly shimmer
Tim Holtz – frosted sheet