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5/24/11

Penny Black's "A Touch of Whimsy"

Hello Friends, What's new? Any plans for the upcoming holiday??
I thought I would share with you how I created the cover for "A Touch of Whimsy" catalog. I have to say I am so grateful for all of you because you can really understand the process and the work. When I share the catalog with family and friends they don't usually get it.

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I wanted to create a little scene that extends from the front to the back cover. I wonder if any of you might have noticed this??

Excuse the bad photo but, it's easier to see how I created the path that's on the covers.
The octagons were cut with a Spellbinder die and placed down with re-positional tape.

I also drew a path on some copy paper and cut around my pencil lines. 

I colored the squares within the nested octagons with some marker. This would have been a good application for distress ink but, I wanted a softer browner look.

After airbrushing the sky and grass I removed the white octagons and colored under them with a grey Copic maker.

I felt the path still needed a little something especially since this was for a cover. I outlined the grey octagons with a darker grey and used a gel pen for some white pen accents as you can see below.



The mushrooms were enlarged from this stamp, colored with Copics, airbrushed and stamped with this and this background stamp.The yummy large dots are created with Enamel Accents.

The window and window frame were cut with a Spellbinder. The drapes were gathered with some thread. Just thread  through the lace then gather the lace for some soft gathers. I taped my drapes to the back of the mushroom.

This is a close up of the front cover before it's sent to Penny Black. I try to use as many stamps as possible without looking to busy.
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I love this flower stamp so I thought I would share a few tips how I did this too.
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After a quick wash of color with a Copic marker I added some highlights with an orange marker on the flower. The flower on the left illustrates how tracing your image with a marker can really make it stand out. The white gel pen never fails to add that little extra too.
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It's super easy to add a window to any mushroom and a gem for the door knob.
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 After I colored this red flower I added Enamel Accents then poured on some Glossy Accents on top. This really gave the flower center lots of depth and dimension.


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I love adding thin lines with a Copic Multiliner as I did on her scarf & flower on her beret after I colored it.
Have you see the challenge this week on the Penny Black Blog ?
Thank YOU for letting me share what I did for this cover. I am lucky to have the support with YOU knowing what it takes. Thanks again I am so grateful. Hugs, Kathy

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38 comments:

Barb said...

Kathy, this is UNREAL!! The work, detail and love that went into this cover is nothing short of amazing! You are so talented! Penny Black is lucky to have you on their team! I'm in awe! Hugs!

Brenda said...

I just love all the detail and so glad you pointed all of them out because I would have missed some! I really love your creativity, if only I could have a large drop of that! I absolutely love your work! You are a great inspiration!

BabyBokChoy said...

SO SO SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO amazing, always so full of inspiration and full of wonderfully detailed instructions!

Eve said...

Kathy, i lost words. I just can't say anything anymore. I'm just stunned. No words, other than UNBELIEVABLE CREATION!!! Path, little window on the mushroom, beautiful coloring on Everything!! I hear ya. My bf's family doesn't have any Artsy taste, so i stopped making cards for them...Like Barb above, I'm in AWE too!

jen said...

I love your work and get your email when you post on your blog...just love it! I LOVE Penny Black stamps and buy them every time I have a little extra play money. If I had to choose Penny Black would be top of the list!!!! LOVE them. TFS
hugs,jen

Kelly Booth said...

You soooooooooooooo rock Kathy......I just adore you and your art...would never get tired of seeing your creations! Muah...

Scrapcollectr said...

Magical...I love to find someone else who likes to make a scene.... On paper, that is.... while I'm an amateur, I can appreciate your hard work!*smile*

Virginia L. said...

Girl, you are amazing amazing....just.the. way. you are!! A message from your no.1 fan

PS: This catalog rocks thanks to BIG talent like YOU!!!!!!!

Dawn said...

Such a wonderful scene Kathy... Great for the catalog. Thanks for sharing how you did the path. it is awesome

donna mikasa said...

Oh, Kath...Penny Black is soooo lucky to have you designing their catalog covers! Such a work of art! I'm loving all the little details (curtains?!) and your coloring is awesome as ever! I'm bowing to you.....

kath said...

wow kathy this is amazing.thanks for sharing how you designed the cover...big hugs kath xxx

Sue said...

Beautiful work Kathy and some great tips, on colouring and finishing off an image.
You are a great inspiration to many a card maker.
Smiles:)

Isha said...

Superb Catalog Kathy...you are no your creations are stunning...love all the details. Wish some day I could meet you in person as I always loved to make such things but left it all a decade ago. Thanks a ton for the inspirations all the time.

Jay Gee said...

You are amazing Kathy! Love everything you do. Thanks so much for sharing you process with us :)

Vicky said...

Amazing work and thanks for the tips... I will start doing the black pen outline from now on. The first time I saw the cover I knew it was made by you! SO much work involved and it really is a cover to treasure! You must put these in frames for your craft room!!! ...next to those from the previous covers! HUGS!

jenny said...

WoW Kathy!!! I just love how much work you have put into these little works of art :)
The cute winding path and all the little extra details you add in really are truly fabulous x

Jenny xx

Deirdre said...

Kathy, this is just AMAZING.... jaw on floor and have an ache in it ... truly amazing. The DETAILS ! wow.....wow.... wow.. you are a genius.

Cally Johnson-Isaacs said...

Wonderful work Kathy! x

Tanya said...

Your work is amazing, love seeing the creative process to create the cover!

Tanya said...

Oh my goodness, this is amazing! So much detail, gorgeous!

María de los Ángeles said...

What a beautiful details, the colors are so brilliants, congrats for your amazing work!!!

Debbie W. said...

Wow Kathy you outdid yourself. Congrats on making both front and back covers! Quite an accomplishment. Adorable, cleverly done scene.

Elizabeth Allan's Art Studio said...

A masterpiece Kathy!!

Kelly Massman said...

You are AWESOME!!!!!

Cathy P in AZ said...

How many ways can you say FABULOUS?! Your work here is AMAZING. Wow oh wow oh wow. I can't stop looking at all of the details! PB is SOOOOO blessed to have your creativity. And so are we!!!

Tiffany said...

Amazing in every way, you can't get any better than this! Love how you did the 'cobblestone' style sidewalk!

Katie said...

Kathy, I think you did an amazing job! Thank you for showing us your process. I think it is evident that you always put a lot of work into your projects (time + happiness). This project is definitely on a larger scale than a card! I can say that the two things that make this magical or whimsical for me are Mimi sitting on the mushroom and the addition of the little dog. Thank you for sharing!

Katie

Cathy A said...

Kathy thank you so much for sharing how you created this incredible piece of art.

Irene said...

I cannot believe my eyes that you share your creativity and skills with us Kathy, thank you soooo much for this " look behind the scenes" and the amazing tips !!!

Hug from Holland, Irene

Lai-Yoke said...

Stunning, amazing, fantastic, awesome...., Kathy! Love everything about these cards. Amazing job on coloring and designing too!

Paula said...

I've hung on every word - such careful detail & I just love the result. I sat looking the catalogue (it was candy which arrived from Simon Says today) & marvelling at what I deemed to be your handiwork, though I have to admit I didn't twig to the path being an ongoing one - that is just brilliant. I too love that pin-striped flower. The lace curtained window is a delight & I just love that path you created. Thank you so much for sharing about this - it's such delight.
Paula (PEP)

Andrea6760 said...

Kathy,
Thanks for sharing a peek into your design for the 'A Touch of Whimsy' catalog. What a fantastic design! I love the bright and happy colors! I also appreciate every bit of work you put into your work and for the inspiration to try the techniques. You did a fabulous job!!

*Hugs*
~Andrea

pcm said...

You are a true artist! WOW!

Shirl said...

This totally blew my socks off!!! You're amazing Kathy! So much effort to bring this card to life..and totally worth it!

And I feel you when you say family and friends don't usually get it... thank goodness for the world of craft blogging!

Marie-Anne said...

What a fantastic set of cards.

Marie-Anne

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Hi kathy, Your cover project is fabulous! Thanks for the step by step tutorial on how you brought it to life, I love your style! Jan

cgl1539 said...

You are so super talented! I could not get over the details you put in. And love how much it made a difference going over some places with the black marker.The red flower I swear I looked at it from the corner of my eye and it looked like the darkest part was moving lol, okay maybe just me, but that was how much it looked real to me. I love the window and door on the mushroom so much.

Anna Jernigan said...

Breath-takingly gorgeous! OMGosh, Kathy, YOU have inspired me to get out that Gel Pen and work it! I just love your Tutorials, and your cards. Love all the details you add, so effortlessly, and artistically, and they are all WOW cards, to be sure!
I am always checking out your stuff, when I can, and never ever disappointed! I leave your site with a big smile, and always some type of inspiration to take away for my own humble cards.
I love when you join Kristina, and Jen's on-line classes, when I see YOUR name I get anxious, cuz, you will no doubt blow my mind. Thanks for all you share, YOU ROCK!

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