I actually stamped yesterday. Just for a little bit after cleaning the house and going grocery shopping. It felt good. I think it has been a week. It’s hard for me to get back into a rhytm after getting off track in my stamping.

Anyway…here is my card for today’s inspiration challenge. I went with all those dots and tried to find a background paper matching. This one is from My Mind’s Eye Tres Jolie series.

I actually made a second card to match. I will post more details later. I have to get Rebecca to school first. Its’ good to be back. Thanks for all the well wishes. Unfortunately the darn migraine stayed it’s three day course. I am all better now though.

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Like I said, I started out with the patterned paper.

I tried several different stamp sets (swirls from Fancy Pants – I was thinking stamping them directly over) and a girl from She’s all That. Nothing really tickled my fancy. I decided that I needed to use outline stamps, preferably non-Su, since the paper was already contraband.

I still had my basket with Unity Stamps on the table and grabbed the set Giggle Grove. I think the images in that set are too adorable. So I stamped the tree in Brown Palette ink on beige Prism paper, let it dry and then colored them with my Copic Markers (Y13, YG13, BG11 and W1).

Okay…I have to tell you, I LOVE my Copic Markers. Not that I have played nearly enough with them yet, but here is what I like so much. You can go over and over previous colored images and add and blend. Like for example the tree. I started with coloring the entire “leaf balls (hehe…I said balls)” with YG13. It’s a light green. I added more color the lower right hand side of each ball.

Next I took the Blender Pen and removed some color, where I wanted it to be lighter. That’s right. Those blender pens take away color. Then I went over the entire image again with Y13 to add yellow. I did that several times, then added more green to the lower right side again, then the entire image. I added shadow with W1, a warm, light gray underneath the branches. I also used it to make the lower right side of each leaf darker. Can you tell I am having fun adding those layers? Last I added some glitter with my clear spica glitter pen. I like that this pen is truly clear. It only adds glitter.

I worked on the bird the same way. Again the image was stamped in Brown Palette Ink on the same Prism Paper.  It was first colored completely with BG11, a soft blue, . Next I added YG13 on the bottom of the bird’s body, it’s wings and a bit of it’s tail. Then I colored over it again several times in blue to blend both colors together. The beak is colored first with Y13. Next I picked up some R29 color the Y13 tip and added it over the beak to create my orange. The bird was cut out and added to the tree layer with dimensionals.

Okay…enough babbling about the copics. One more thing. Both of my Prima Flowers were colored with copics to make them match the other colors of the card.

The cardstock for the image was cut down to 2 1/8″ x 3 5/8″. I turned the image so it was facing down and scored lines 1/8″ from each edge to get the frame. The scallop background was cut with the long rectangle Nestabilities templates out of brown Prism Paper. That scalloped rectangle was a bit too long. So I cut it apart, cut two scallops off and taped it back together.

Both the 4 1/4″ x 11″ light blue card base as well as the 3 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of chocolate are Prism cardstock. The photo corners were punched out of matching Prism cardstock as well. The layered photo corners were topped of with three celery brads.

The horizontal layer is the backside of the dotted paper. It measures 1 5/8″ x 4″ and it paper pierced on top and bottom. May Arts ribbon is wrapped around it.

Beate

Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

32 Responses to “Giggle Grove”

  1. I love this card and as usual love our copic coloring !!! You’re learning curve has sure been short with these babies !! I’m so glad your migraine is finally gone….what a miserable 3 days for you !!

    We’re glad you’re back too !

  2. I just love this Beate… The tree is so beautifully done… Great card!

  3. THis is ADORABLE, Beate! Love the papers and that birdie! How cute!

  4. I love what you did with this! Adorable images and great colors!!

  5. This is adorable – I LOVE all the dots, this card ROCKS!!! I can’t believe you colored the flowers with markers, they look like they were made that way…totally awesome, girl!

    I am glad your migraine is gone and you are feeling better!

    *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

  6. I love the coloring on your bird! I have some Copics sitting downstairs for a while now; you are inspiring me to play with them! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I LOVE this card Beate, so fun and cheerful! P.S Great tips on the Copics! I’ll be needing those once my new markers arrive on Thursday. 🙂

  8. this is adorable!!!! I love your coloring!!! I am drooling over the copics and the nestibilities!

  9. How cute is this card – I just love all the colors & that little bird.

  10. You’re already a pro with the copics…amazing. I’m still just drooling. Your card is wonderful!

  11. Stunning. Love everything about it.

  12. This is adorable! I love it! How cute is that little bird and tree! Thanks for another fun challenge! 🙂 Hope you are having a great day! 🙂

  13. Oh you are so good at the COPICS! Thanks for the tips. I forgot that you can color primas and ribbon to match! GREAT idea!

  14. Beate! This card is soooooooooo fun! I love it!! Your colouring and shading with those Copics is fantastic!!! You’re rockin’ with those things!

  15. I’m sorry, Beate, that you were dealing with such a nasty headache. I hate it when things get me off track in the stamping world and having a headache would be just the worst! This card is so cute . . . you are right back in the creative groove!! TFS!

  16. This is soooo cute, Beate!! Your coloring looks awesome too!! LOVE this!!

  17. Oh I love this card – the adorable images and pretty colors!

  18. This is soo cute. Love the tree circles that go so well with the background circles. Wonderful and FUN card!

  19. Wow!! Eye-popping color! I love the copic coloring and the fun image!! Gorgeous Prism paper….I’ve seen that lately….hmmmm….I think I need some!! LOL

  20. Fabulous card – Beate!!! Love all the coloring!!!

  21. Wowzers! Love this! The stamp set is awesome, it’s now joined my wish list!

  22. I love your use of the contraband on this card! Also, couldn’t agree with your more about the Copics…I LOVE mine and am finding that I go to them to color EVERYTHING!

  23. Oh, I love this one Beate, just love it! I’m gonna have to try your BIC this week, looks fun!

  24. Once again……….another great card! I love your ball tree! hee hee! I want Copcis soooo bad!

  25. Giggle Grove is the straw that broke the camel’s back. I LOVE that bird and tree!!! You also convinced me with the copics. I’ve held out thinking I don’t have enough talent for that and there you go, explaining how easy it is (really? that easy?) to create the wonderful colors on the images.

    I guess Ellen Hutson and Unity will be getting an order from me today… 😀

  26. Fabulous, love all the elements, the copic coloring is excellent. Now I have to rethink my future coloring purchases!!! I keep telling myself I don’t NEED copics and I am falling into the I WANT the copics. Rats.

  27. I like this a lot….all the spots are so cool. Wonderful card. Joan

  28. Love ur card Beate … I did notice you haven’t been posting any of ur work I know how hard it is to get back to stampin I have the same problem since I started school … I just love ur cards …TFS

  29. Love the card Beate. Always like your stories to go with the cards – and don’t get tired of hearing about the copics!
    Sorry to hear about your migraine – glad it’s gone now.

  30. So pretty and fun! I gave you an award if you’d like to play along.
    http://bethanypaull.blogspot.com/2008/04/arte-y-pico.html

  31. What a darling card! I’m glad you’re feeling better!

  32. It’s a great post. Thanks and continue sharing.

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