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9/15/11

Penny Black's Drab to Fab

Hello Friends, How is your week going so far?? Have you had a change to stop by The Penny Black Blog? All week PB is showing you how to turn a drab card into something fabulous. It's called "From Drab to Fab" and today it's my turn on the PB blog.
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This is my "fab" card and below is the "drab" card. The sentiment is stamped on a "Spellbinders Labels 8" 
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Even though this is the "drab" card I think this card can stand on it's own because the images are so adorable. However, I think this is a good example if you add some extra details you can really jazz up any card. This card shows the same hedgehog with his wagon filled eggs and this one the wagon is filled up with flowers.

I used the new Le Plume markers, a few Copic markers and a few Tombow markers to color the grass & the images. The bottom line is if you mix up your supplies you will get more mileage and some better results too.

Are you wondering what Le Plume is? I'm sure you have had heard of the brand before but, now they have alcohol markers that work beautifully!! The end of the month I will give you more info on them but, for now they are a value that you can't beat! They are only $2.99 vs. Copic's $6.99. They only have a brush tip and there are 141 colors. ( They are not refillable) Simon Says Stamp sells their Copic's  for $5.49! 


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I traced the  pumpkins mouth right next to the line of the mouth with a white gel pen, then I outlined the white line with a black fine tip marker. I added shading to the pumpkin's eye with a purple Tombow marker. A slit was cut with a kraft knife into the top of the wagon to insert the pumpkins.

All of the dimensional black dots are Enamel Accents and they really pop on the pumpkins eyes. I used white enamel accents on the centers of the flowers. The falling leaves were punched from the Authentique patterned paper and a dauber made it easy to distress the tiny leaves.

After coloring the grass with a Le Plume marker I distressed it with Shabby Shutters and added blue distress inks to the background. With a light hand I distressed all of the papers with some Brushed Corduroy distress ink.

Have you noticed a  smudge that's on the hedgehogs belly? I decided to keep it because when you are toting pumpkins around you get dirty & I felt it looked authentic. To finish off the card I did a double bow with hemp twine was tied it off with a vintage button. 
Thanks for taking the time to visit me I am always so grateful. Hugs, Kathy

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9/12/11

Hello Friends, How have you been and what have you been up to?? I was in Montana on a yoga retreat and totally unplugged from TV, internet and phones. It was really good to get centered & look more within than looking outward.  I'm slowly getting back into things so I have a quick share today.
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 I enjoyed working with this Mimi called, "Mimi Dear" and created this card for the Penny Black catalog. You might notice the tag from Spellbinders...they are called "Ribbon Tag Trio 3 & I have been using them a lot on several projects that I haven't' shared yet.

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I made a wig to add for some extra dimension. For the antlers I used this Ultra Fine Flower Soft. I use glue or Glossy Accents to apply the flower soft. First squirt adhesive on the antenna carefully filling in the entire area then pour some of the flower soft on top. Do NOT shake off the excess until the antlers are dry. Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week! Hugs, Kathy

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9/8/11

ATC and bronze ink

Hello Friends, Just a quick post today. This was created for the Penny Black ATC exchange and I was anxious to share it with you.
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I am dying to get out this bronze metallic ink pad again. I need to break away from my lighter blue backgrounds and bring you something different. I also have been anxious to use this stamp again called "Nature's Day". Here is another card I inked up with this stamp. Just love the flowers and the bird!!
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When coloring these images I like to put some color down with a Copic marker as my base. Then I like to use my Tombo watercolor markers to add highlights. I do have to be careful not to over color or my paper will pill.
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I wrapped the image around the ATC and glued it to the back then I added Glossy Accents to the centers of the flowers. The sentiment is from SRM stickers.
Have a happy week. Hugs, Kathy

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