greeting cards

Caped cuties

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I seem to be doing the “last minute inspiration” thing with cards at the moment. My card stash is large enough that I’m only making new ones if I don’t have something suitable — this basically means that I am stuck making mostly masculine cards so far this year…

This design gave me the opportunity to move two more stamp sets from the never-used pile. I’ve had the caped cuties for a couple of years(!), but the other one was a much more recent acquisition when the price dropped on Amazon…

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There was a lot of fussy cutting for this card. For a start, I had to make masks for most of the crazy thoughts so that I could stamp a cloud of them. Then I cut the cloud out after adding a bit of shading using the different sets of Copic greys and emphasising the overlapped edges with black.

Next, I stamped and coloured the two flying superheroes. I’d already used greys for the background and knew I wanted to use red for the accent colour, so I needed something fairly neutral for their bodies. Cue a matching brown bear and bunny with red outfits, which I then fussy cut.

I used the same red to colour a piece of card for the sentiment banner and heat embossed it in silver. It’s a good job I like the recipient because even a small amount of heat embossing in 30° temperatures is not something I’d do otherwise!

When I came to put it all together I realised that the pops and bangs were too contrasty and the little caped cuties were getting lost. I needed to tone down the background without losing the impact. I pondered adding a layer of grey over the top or even doing something with vellum, but then it occurred to me, I could do the inky equivalent of what I do with art journal pages and add white over it. I would just use the picket fence Distress ink pad instead of gesso to knock back the intensity. And it worked a treat. The only, very minor, downside is that you can’t really tell that I used different greys to colour the sound effects bubbles.

I wanted a bit of dimension, but not too much — this has to go through the post — so I used some thin foam tape to mount the background on a bright yellow card base. I put foam dots behind the cuties’ heads and tucked their feet into the holes in the background; that way it looks like they’re flying out of the cloud. And to finish it off, I trimmed the sentiment into a banner and popped it up on another bit of foam tape.

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Copic markers:

crazy thoughts – various greys with 100 outlines
bunny and bear – E51, E55, E57, R24, R27, RV29
sentiment banner – R27


  • stamps:
    Tim Holtz – crazy thoughts
    Clearly Besotted – caped cuties
  • colour:
    Distress ink pad – picket fence
  • inks:
    My Favorite Things – hybrid – black licorice
  • pens:
    Memento dual marker – tuxedo black
  • embossing powder:
    Hero Arts – silver
  • paper and card:
    Neenah solar white 216gsm
    Hunkydory Adorable Scorable pearly shimmer

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