50 Days of Christmas: Day 25: Dalmatian Emma Card

Hello again!

Make sure to check THIS POST (click here) to check and see if you are my lucky winner from the blog hop. I also posted another project earlier today so make sure to check that out as well.

Now tonight, I want to give you all the lovely details from the card part of the project I made for the iCopic blog as their part in the blog hop. I know you have already seen this project, but I wanted to give you all the details because this card is GOOD, if I do say so myself 🙂

I say it is GOOD, because I am so proud of that cute little Dalmatian Emma I made! If you have ever taken a gander at my sidebars (which I hope you have), then you have seen my precious little Emma along with my other beautiful babies. Well Emma is actually almost completely black, so this really looks nothing like her.

The dog on the card is from the SP & Company – Christmas Emma Stamp Set.
It was colored in with Copic markers in the following colors: C1, C3, C7, R27, R29, E31, and B02.

The E31 was used for airbrushing the background on the tag shape.


So let’s talk Copics for a little bit. This is how I colored the doggie image:

I tried to make Emma’s spots look like Dalmatian spots so I used the Copic marker color C7 to make the spots. I tried to make the spots various sizes.

When I do any Copic coloring, I always have to think about where I want to place shadows, highlights, and the light source (I will be discussing these things in extreme detail during my Tips and Tricks Tuesday segment over on the iCopic blog). Today, I just want to explain my shadowing technique I used on this image.

If the image were actually 3d (so imagine a real dog in front of you wearing an over-sized Santa hat), then the Santa hat would be making shadows on the dog (on its back, ear, and head). With the dog’s head leaning out, there might even be a shadow on its neck. And also, the dog has its little feet and tail tucked under its body, so they would have a shadow on them too. With those things I mind, I started adding shadowy areas in those places using C1 and C3.

Now I don’t know if all Dalmatians have blue eyes, but I decided to give this one a blue eye with the Copic B02.

And finally, the hat was colored in with R27 and R29. When shading with reds, my only advice is to use a VERY LIGHT touch! A little red goes a long way and the more you add, the harder it is to blend it.

Other card details:
The background paper on this card was made with some paper from Echo Park’s Everybody Loves Christmas collection. LOVE LOVE their paper!!

The tag shapes were made using the Cricut Winter Frolic cartridge.

The merry Christmas pattern was drawn onto the white paper using the Amy Chomas Mini Gel Pen Holder for the Cricut machine. This shape is from the Simply Sweet cartridge.

The sentiment on the card was stamped from the Ultimate Sentiments I Stamp Set. I used the Stampin’ UP word window punch on the Stampin’ UP Old Olive cardstock.

The final touches on my card were done with the Stampin’ UP Scallop Border Punch, some Real Red Satin ribbon, and some green ribbon from American Crafts.

Your Stampin’ With Sami Shopping List contains all of the lovely SP and Company items I used on today’s project. These items are available from my online store,SP and Company anytime 24/7. If you need any help, be sure to email me at scrapmastersparadise@yahoo.com. Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter (in the sidebar)!

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