Birthday: Grumpy black cat

grumpy persian

I love this grumpy Persian kitty. I’ve coloured him up once before — as a white cat — so this time I thought I’d challenge myself to see if I could get the necessary depth of colour for a black version without it just turning into a dark blob.

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Birthday: Bear on deckchair

deckchair bear

This was an unplanned card. When I was about half way through colouring the bear for the Father’s Day card, I realised that he was sitting in MC Escher’s deckchair and, once I had noticed that, there was no way I could use it on a card. But I didn’t want to waste the work I had done, so I trimmed the offending furniture away and came up with a way of using it for another card, which was lucky because up to that point I had no idea what I was going to do for this particular birthday card.

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Father’s Day: Bear on deckchair

Father's Day

I didn’t have anything in my stash that was inspiring me to make a Father’s Day card for my other half’s dad so I went on the hunt for digi stamps; unfortunately my usual sources weren’t sparking my imagination. A quick search later and I came across Di’s Digi Stamps which looks like it will be a good source of images (I’ve already spotted a likely candidate for my mum’s birthday, if I can wait that long to use it). More importantly, I found a relaxed bear that would work well for Father’s Day.

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Thanks: Split bouquet

split bouquet

For this Copic Jumpstart homework, Sandy challenged us to get our flower stamps out. Rather than trying to create loads of dimension on each petal, I chose to go with the more pastel approach, mainly because I usually go for stronger colours and contrast and I wanted to stretch myself by doing something out of my comfort zone.

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Birthday: Coloured space bears

Copic space bears

Space bears! This was the first time I’d coloured these stamps and I originally only got them out of my stash pile because they were ideal for a bit of Copic Jumpstart class homework, but then I realised they were perfect as the main element on a card for Seven Hills Crafts’ latest sketch challenge.

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Blank: Copic farmyards

farmyard on earth

For the “colouring round objects” lesson in the Copic Jumpstart class, Sandy Allnock masked up a comical pile of vegetables and coloured them. The only vegetation in my stamp collection is floral, so I went further up the food chain and found these decidedly round farmyard animals and stacked those up instead.

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