25 Days of Copic Christmas: Day 6

Hi everyone! I’m definitely going through a mojo-less time right now. With the doggie problems and the stress of hubby finishing up his thesis, the craftiness is just not coming out! I’ve definitely had some crafty slumps, but this one seems worse than the others.  My question to you is. . .

How often do you lose your crafty mojo? What do you do to get it back?

Today, I am continuing on with the 25 Days of Copic Christmas. I am behind, but I plan on doubling up during some days over the next couple of weeks. I hope to get through all 25 days worth of projects before Christmas Day! Wish me luck 😉

Before I share my project with you, be sure to head over to the MarkerPop blog & play along with our challenge this week! You will notice that I have a different card posted over there. It is for an upcoming Copic Christmas day so you get to see it early!

Here is Day 6.

This project today features one of my favorite techniques. Some people call it a faux watercolor technique, but I just call it a stipple technique. I have shared my technique for this in a video from last year (you can see that video by clicking here), but I went ahead and filmed a speed coloring video to go with my project for today.

Here’s a better look at my project:

This adorable snowman is from the SP & Company Christmas Medley stamp set. Here’s a speed coloring video showing how I colored him with Copics:

I used the following Copic Colors:

  • R27, R29, R37, R39, R59
  • G02, G07, G09
  • W7, W10
  • B0000, B91, B32, B34
  • YR68, YR18

I actually colored him on Curious paper, which is not what I usually use! (I usually use Xpress It Blending Card or Papertrey Ink Stampers Select White) I decided to use the Curious paper for this one because the paper is a pale vanilla-ish color & it also has a sparkly/glitter quality to the paper. I thought it would go really well with the soft colors from the patterned paper I used.

I popped the snowman layer up using Stampin’ Dimensionals for some added dimension.

The background patterned paper is actually a journaling or post card type shape from the Winter Post collection. This collection was part of one of our SP Monthly kits last year & it is still gorgeous as ever! I still have some of the open stock 12X12s available in the store.

This particular 12X12 patterned paper had 6 various post card type designs so I thought this one would be pretty for a card front. It measured 4X6 but I cut off a tiny bit so it would measure 4X5.75inches.  That way I could use a 12X12 piece of cardstock to cut out a card base.

My finished card measures 6X4.25inches.

For a pop of color against the soft blues and neutrals, I used RED!  I added a red mat around my snowman image.

That big, beautiful bow was made using some of the new Red Chevron Twill ribbon.

EXPERT TIP #6: Beautiful Bows
Having big beautiful bows is one of my favorite card elements. Bows are intimidating for some people, but I PROMISE YOU they can be pretty easy! You don’t need a fancy bow making gadget, just patience and practice. I do prefer a few certain types/brands of ribbons because I feel like they hold up better in the bow shape. If you want to see my bow tying method, make sure to watch SP Episode 25: How to Tie the Perfect Bow.

To the center of the bow, I added a cardstock printed button from the My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing collection. This one was part of the “Happiness” Wood and Chip Buttons pack.

Although the button is adhesive backed, I wanted to add some twine for more stability. I used Flax colored twine from The Twinery to tie the button in the center of the bow.

Here’s a look at the bow and all of its glory:

I added the red alphas to spell out “Hugs” so that the card would read “Snow Hugs”. These tiny alphas came from the Carta Bella Winter Fun collection (on the Alphabet Sticker Sheet).

Here’s one more look at the finished card:

Well, folks, that’s all I have for you today! Tomorrow for Day 7, I am going to be blog hopping with Tina Wenke Designs & MarkerPop so you will definitely want to stop back by here 🙂  See you soon!

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