Thursday, August 21, 2008

Distressed Scor-Pal Marker Grid & the World's Cutest Boy Bunny!

This distressed Scor-Pal marker background technique is my take on Rita's great scoring with markers technique on the Scor-Pal website. (Directions for my version are bellow, but I'll post a photo tutorial for you visual stamp-artistes in the next coupla posts.)

And I was thrilled to win this Boy Bunny stamp from talented (and generous) Jen in one of her great challenges. Thank you Jen!!! Lucky me, hey?

This was just what my flower-ridden stamp collection needed: cuteness with a hit of boyishness. I looked for him to link him up in Jen's store: Little C's Stamps & Things, but I couldn't find him. There's a ton of cuteness in that store though!

This bunny boy was so cute that I had to muddy him up a bit(using a chocolate Chip Stamp'n'write marker and then going over it with an aqua painter.) Here's how i made him:

Stamped him in Black Stazon on watercolour paper

2) Used a markers to colour him in the faux watercolour technique (Maria has the best video tutorial here.) I used these Stamp'n'write markers: Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Ballet Blue, Chocolate Chip & Pretty in Pink.

3) Went over the marker with an aqua painter (you can use a wet paint brush too)

4) You can't tell in this pic, but i gave him a shiny lil' nose (made with a dot of Crystal Effects)

5) Made the grass behind him is made by cutting a little hill shape then fringing it with little cuts.

6) Made the dirt by wetting Close to Cocoa cardstock, crumpling it, adding Versamark & ironing it.

The sentiment is made by stamping the Zeal definition from Define your Life. (It's coloured with markers, embossed on gesso cardstock, & punched with a key tag punch.) I also edged it with "mud" (Chocolate Chip marker & clear embossing powder) to tie it in with the grubby bunny. :O)

The main Certain Celery card
is stamped with the Weathered background in Close to Cocoa.

Distressed Scor-Pal marker background:

I wanted the card to look kind of like a baseball diamond (only blue, LOL) So I made a Scor-Pal grid & played around with it...

Step 1. Cut a piece of paper & emboss a Scor-Pal grid on it. (This one is 4x4 inches) Embossing first with the Scor-Pal tool and then marking means you have a grove to follow.

Step 2. Pierce where the lines meet.

Step 3. Fill in the lines with marker (I like a 15 degree angle for easy markering) Use the marker to distress around the edge of the cardstock too.

Step 4. Use an aqua painter or a wet paint brush to go over all of the marker lines. It should bleed nicely. (I used SU markers others may bleed differently, of course)

Step 5. Colour areas if you like (I wanted it to look like there were 3 bases & a home plate.)

Step 6. Embellish with brads if desired (or other schtuff) :O) I drew on white brads with marker to make teensy baseballs.

Hope your day is craftiliciously wonderful, :O)

P.S. hope my weirdo posting times lately isn't throwing you for too much of a loop; my schedule is majorinsomniabackwards lately. OXO mel


Deb Wood said...

This is too cute, love that bunny and how you dirtied him up. The previous monster card is fabulous also!! Awesome blog!

Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

you are awesome! I can't ever get enough of your blog!! this is so super cute and very creative!!! I love the different uses and changes you make to brads and things! So many wonderful ideas! my brain can't hold them all in at once! :) thanks for the inspiration. Hugs!!!

Anonymous said...

Just love your work. I need to get a Score Pal. I just spent a ton of money with Stampin' Up! products. I'll get one eventually.

Nettie said...

You could not have made this cuter Mel. It is over the top! Adorable!


Anonymous said...

That is soooo cute. Love the technique too.

ChrissyM said...

This is so cute!! I am a huge fan of bunnies (big big fan) I love anything that is a bunny and this image is the cutest thing. I love how you made him look like he was dirty from playing. You are so creative and always add the right touches.

kathleenh said...

Oh he is the cutest! I love those baseball brads too!

Annapurna said...

Very cute! That bunny boy looks like he is lost in all those diamonds and balls laying around saying "Now where should I run to? Since I don't know, I will just stand here cute" LOL!

I guess I can't make this card.
"Step 1. Cut a piece of paper & emboss a Scor-Pal grid on it"

No other grid would work, so I give up. LOL again!

Maria said...

Hey Mel! You're really workin' that Scor-pal! Whoohoo! Looks like you're having a ton of fun playing with it! Your card looks fabulous. . .oh, that bunny is so darn cute! Great job on the coloring.

Thanks for the tutorial. I'm so busy creating kits right now. . .I don't have time to experiment. Once I'm done, I'm most definitely going to try out those oh, so cool Scor-pal tutorials!!


Tonniece said...

Good Morning to you Miss Mel. I am back online and it sure feels GREAT to say the least. I have not gone through all the wonderful posts you have done in my absence yet, but rest assured I will be online all day doing just that.
OMG, this feels like heaven, LOVE, LOVE this little guy, he is too cute.(but of course he is, look who made him).

Well got alot of blurfing to do, so till later my friend.

Have a wonderful day

Unknown said...

Love your blog Mel, in fact so much that I was inspired to sell some of my unused stash to purchase a Scor pal, which has just arrived..........can't wait to have a play with it now.

Etha said...

All that is very nifty and cool, but the teeny brad baseballs just did it for me :) genius LOL

Joani McDonald said...

Your right, he is adorable! Cute as a button... Thanks for the mini tutorial ~ I've got to try that now.
Thanks again for your wonderful insight & inspiration!

Annapurna said...

I forgot to mention how creative you are. You created those baseballs with brads, tore some paper to put dirt under his feet and yikes I forgot what else.

I have to go back and look, which means I have to rewrite my comment or copy and come back to paste :-)

I replied to your email yesterday. Hopefully it will get there in 10 days. Your email system is competing with the snail mail. Hehehehe!

Becky G said...

Mel, this is so stinkin cute! I love that little bunny and all the diamonds and the brads. You amaze me with your talents! So glad you're my blogging friend! Thanks for inspiring me with your fabo creations! You rock!

Hugs to you,Becky:)

AnnMarie said...

Have I mentioned lately that you are my hero?!!! Such a cute bunny card! So glad you are back! Hope you had a super vacation! You were missed! Big hug! : )

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, Mel-a-Licious, I LURVE your teesy balls!!!!

This is such a great-lookin' project and you've captured a wonderful impish-boyish feelin' here. Sigh. I wish I had a 1/10 of your talent ...

What is this 'reverse insomnia?' Is this an Olympic event; i.e. 'reverse-insomnia-with-a double-twist?'

Hope you have a great weekend, my friend!

~Huggies & Depends!

Catherine said...

What a cute litte bunny fella!

Jamie Martin said...

OMG, this is way too cute! Thanks for the directions :)

Elena said...

The card is so cute! Your ideas are always adorable! Love your tutorials a lot! You are very-very talented!!! Thank your for the inspiration!

L.A. said...

I am in love with this card! The bunny is cute and as always, your attention to details if phenomenal! Those baseballs are fab!

Erum Tasneem said...

yeah you are right! he is the cutest thing!
I see you are having fun with scor pal! I am trying to get my hands on one too along with a cuttle bug