Happy World Card Making Day – My Favorite Things – You Gnome Me
It’s taken me ALL day to make this post because, frankly guys, I originally was going to submit this card for the MFT card maker contest and missed the deadline, and there are SO many Prismacolor pencils I used to build this very intensely colored image that putting my product list together took a LONG time. Lookie:
STINKIN’ CUTE! (and GOJUS too!) I love this set. The gnomes are so cute! I decided to build a scene by masking carefully and building the scene from the front to back on Kraft card stock. I then pulled out my Prismacolored pencils and went to town!
Can you see the Kraft at the bottom? Yep, that’s the only place it is exposed. I know that artists like Sandy Allnock say not to apply colored pencils this way, because the wax binder can “bloom” and create a haze over the image. I have not found this to be much of a problem in card making, though. The bloom, if it’s anything like the bloom I have seen on beeswax ornaments, would be taken care of by gently heating with a hair dryer or maybe putting some tissue paper over it and ironing with a low iron. But I have looked at a card I did 11 years ago (I can’t believe I still have it, HOLY CROW) with a heavy application of Prismacolor pencils, and it does not have a bloom on it. At all. So maybe in some climates it’s different? Hard to say. I like to use Prismacolors like paint, so I lay it on thick. I start with the darkest color and work up to the lightest, then I use white as a blending color. I drew the clouds in with pencils; that is not a stamp.
See the sheen? That tells you how much color I laid on this. Also note the bottoms of the mushrooms. I colored over the top of the black line of the mushroom bottoms so I could color my grass blades up over the bottoms of the mushrooms. From further away, you don’t really see it though.
Since the main image is so detailed and intense, I kept the rest of the card fairly simple. I loved the Kraft Basics Solid Stripe paper from MFT for the background.
I added a couple of Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets using Tombow Mono Multi.
It turned out so well! The mushrooms just glow, and the gnome is at his cutest!
Below is my list of products that I used, and I have used compensated affiliate links where they were available, as I now participate in affiliate programs for Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, Ellen Hutson LLC, Scrapbook.com, Gina K, Sizzix, and Blick Art Supplies. Stampin’ Up! links go to my BFF Wendy Weixler’s store, who does not pay me except in eternal friendship, but you can change to your favorite demonstrator if you prefer. Buying through these links costs you nothing extra and helps support my blog and my artistic endeavors, and I thank you.