Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Let it Snow card & Claire Keay's digital images

Claire Keay Girl & Dog mel stampz

Are you a little bit procrastinatey?
Are ya through making Christmas or winter cards?

When everyone else seems to be heaving a great big *SIGH* of
relief at not having to see another Christmas card post, I'm just getting
started blogging them. What can I say? ....."And the ultimate
procrastinator award goes to...." (who moi? nah!) ;o)

Hopefully, this card might give you an idea for a last-last-last-minute project.
(and you're not too too tired of winter cards!) :o)


digital image of the girl & her dog

Loveosaurus is an MFT stamp drawn by the artist Claire Keay.
The Girl & Dog image on today's "Let it Snow" card is by her too,
but today's image is digital!

You can find Girl & Dog here.
she has a lovely site called JellyPark here

claire keay girl & dog close up by mel stampz

The snow is made with seed beads (sewn on).

To make this little gal & pup I did this schtuff:

Step 1) Resized her to print smaller.

Step 2) Embossed her from the digital printer (using white cardstock that I painted a thin amount of Matte Medium on. More about that technique in a tutorial here.)

Step 3) Drew a line in pencil across the ground (to make the side walk).

Step 4) Cut with an exacto blade between her & the doggy. Cut around them.

Step 5) Coloured them with copic markers (colours are all listed under materials below used white gel pen on the sidewalk, her coat & siver on her buttons and the dog's tag.

Step 6) Cut a label background out of dotted GCD paper (Spellbinders Nestabilities label 9)

Step 7) Cut a mat the same size out of vellum cardstock (to layer over & tone the dots down)

Step 8) Stuck the vellum over the dots, pierced two holes beside the dots to sew on pearl seed beads for snow.

Step 9) Pierced holes and stitched around her with pink thread.

Step 10) Cut a larger nesties label out of blue, pierced holes, coloured the edge with black copic, stitched with silver (filled in every other stitch with silver gel pen).

Step 11) Cut a bit of fuzzy paper with the labels nine die & trimmed it to look like snow.

[In hindsight, it'd be a whole lot easier to add the sidewalk & dots in digitally
in Photoshop (my DUH!)] ;o)

The bow is embellished with a snowflake punched
of that fuzzy paper & a clear button...

girl and dog card fuzzy snowflake box & diy paper mel stampz


print only tiny pieces of DIY digi paper:

The black snowflake patterned paper (under the bow) above
is a bit of homemade digital cardstock (which might
seem crazy if you think about the amount of ink, but if
you just print little wee squares of it, it's not a lot of ink!)

I sized my paper to be 1 inch by 6 inches in Photoshop
& erased the center of it:

It was made using Hero Arts Tiny Snowflakes digital set
(as photoshop brushes on a black background)
Of course, if you don't like black you could make any colour... ;O)

and here's the inside of the card:

super simple....

And here's the déjà vu spot
(Clickable blogger pics):

Digital image: Claire Keay Girl & Dog

Paper: Pink lattice digi paper (set 51) from tada TracyAnnDigitalArt on etsy here
Pink & Blue & White cardstock, Watercolour paper (to emboss in Cuttlebug)
Vellum cardstock (to layer over dotted paper--GCD Party it Up collection)

Colour: Copic markers: E50 eggshell; E00 skin white; BG72 ice ocean; BG10 cool shadow; R85 rose red; RV02 sugared almond pink; cool grays: C1, C3, and C7. Black copic marker (for the faux mat) (If you think you might try the matte medium digital embossing, please see this tutorial for a disclaimer on digi embossing & copics.) :o)

Miscellaneous: paper piercing tool, needle, pink & silver thread, tiny white pearl beads,
Provocraft Winter Wonderland embossing folder set (Snowflakes); silver & white gel pens;
Fuzzy paper for snow (a gift from my BF Kimmy sorry no source);
Martha S. snowflake punch, clear button, white organza & black lace ribbon.

Hope you're having a week filled with belly laughs or
happy tears, or whatever mood makes you feel just so!


Dawn said...

whoa....wait...this is Wed.. you posted Mon... woohooo!!!

this is totally adorable and so YOU! good to see you back to your old tricks.


Dawn said...

of course I meant to say... TWO MEL POSTS (so far) in one week!! WHOOP!!

vicki rochester ny said...

Wow -- gorgeous card! I love your work - thank you for sharing it. I get so inspired when I see how clever you are at embellishments. Your attention to detail makes your work so special. Merry Christmas!

Bonnie Weiss said...

Personally, I will be very sad when the Christmas cards and projects stop. I never seem to tire of this season, so you have my permission to post Christmas stuff for as long as you want to!!!

BTW ... your card is adorable!

g said...

so so precious Mel! i'll look at winter cards all year long as long as you're makin 'em! Merry Christmas!! {{GIANT HUGS}}

leslie (crookedstamper) said...

Careful, girlie! As much as I love all your futzing, YOU ARE futzing, and we don't want your head to explode. I am exhausted just reading all those steps! EEEK!

Gorgeous - oh, yes! Very much so! xoxo

Magia da Inês said...

♫°° Amiga,

°º♫ Desejos para 2011:
° • ♫ "O sonho realizado...
°º ♫°° ♫♫ O amor esperado...
° ·. •*• ♫ A esperança renovada..."

Brasil °º♫
° ·.

E.T said...

such an adorable card Mel!

TheCraftaholic said...

beautiful as always!
I am a long time reader and just wanted to let you know I love your blog!