Wednesday, June 3, 2015

RAWRING Good Birthday

I've been wanting to try the dot copic coloring that I have seen used lately and I needed to make a card for a friend who likes dinosaurs and I thought they would look great with the dot coloring.  I found out that unlike Jennifer McGuire, dot copic coloring takes me a lot longer than regular shading, but I really like the result.  The whole card probably took me 6 hours or more.  Fortunately, Michelle loves my cards and I know she will appreciate the work.  In fact, she got it today and she loved it!

I started out by stamping all of the dinosaurs, the palm tree, leaves, and some rocks from Lawn Fawn's Critters from the Past on Copic Xpress It Blending Card in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Then came the part that took the longest, coloring the images using copic markers, but with a lot of little dots.  I start by coloring each image normally with the lightest color, then I added, darkest to light, all the little dots. I generally used at least 4 different shades of each color.  I found this tobe the easiest way to get the images to look blended.

After I got all of the images colored, I fussy cut around each one and colored the edges with a Memento Tuxedo Black marker.  I messed around with the images trying to decide how I wanted them to be arranged.  I decided to only use 3 of the adult dinosaurs and the baby dino and egg.  I also wanted to do a shaker card with partial die cutting and the images just seemed to work well with it.  I don't have any die cut letters, so I used my Cricut Expression to cut out the window with the word BIRTHDAY still attached instead.  I used Distress ink to shade in the background on the front panel and the back panel of the shaker card.  I did a little masking to make sure the hill connected between the inside and outside the shaker window.

For the rest of the front panel, I used Harold's and Jessie's ABCs to create the sentiment which I heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I used a gold paint pen to add the stitching around the edges.  Next I added a piece of acetate behind the front panel and added a variety of Pretty Pink Posh sequins and seed beads, before using foam tape to attach the front panel to the back.  Last I added all of the fussy cut images with Tombow Mono Multi glue.

At the very end I decided to add a little Wink of Stella to the letters in BIRTHDAY, which you can't really see in the photo, but looks great in person.

I'm trying my very best to participate in every day in Kathy's, at the Daily Marker, 30 Day Coloring Challenge 2! I was super busy during the first challenge so I didn't have much time, but so far I'm 3 for 3!


I'm entering this card into the Lawnscaping Calling All Critters Challenge.

I'm also entering this card into MarkerPop's Anything Goes Challenge.

MarkerPop! Challenge #70


  1. This is amazing. I love the dot coloring technique. I would love to try this because it looks fabulous. There is so much detail in this card! Thank you for playing along with us at Lawnscaping Challenges!

  2. Amazing card, I love all of the detail! Thanks for playing the Lawnscaping Challenge!

  3. What a fabulous shaker card! Just love it.

  4. Love this card!!! the coloring and dotted details are wonderful!!!