Sunday, November 6, 2011

Holiday King!

It's getting to be that time of year again. The store flyers have Christmas sales all over, coupon inserts are full of baking ideas and your online Bella Babes will be showing you holiday card inspiration! I'm a little excited about all of them except maybe the baking...I'm a much better cook than I am a baker.

So what to color???? How about one of my newest images from Stamping Bella designed by the phenomial artist Cristy Croll? I adore her images and King of the Candy Canes had to make its way into my stash. I started by stamping him on Bella's Bestest paper using Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored him with copics. I used the design paper as my color inspiration. It's from a 6x6 SEI pack I bought at the end of the season last year called Kris Kringle. The red background paper is full of sparkles and the stripes caught my eye because I like the addition of the soft blue. A little untraditional but I love the color.

For my copics, I pulled out BG75, BG72 and BG70. I must tell you that I was thrilled when copics came out with BG70 but I find it doesn't blend with BG72 all that well. No problem, I simply grabbed some BG75 with my BG70 tip and it gave me a nice transition from the BG72. Phew! Shading is one of the reasons I love to color with copics. I simply love the depth it gives images.

Once I finished coloring, I cut the image out. I then applied Polar White Flower Soft along his crown and stocking top. I placed him on top of a circle cut using a Nestie and textured using a Darice "snow" embossing folder. The sentiment is also by Stamping Bella and I framed that in a panel cut using the Petite Oval Nestie large. Shading was added using Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. Machine stitching and a few Swarkovski red crystals are the finishing touches.

I'm linking this to Cristy's challenge #71 for her Anything Goes challenge. November is a free form month and well that only means I have to stew on which image I want to color. Hehe and that CAN be a challenge!

Enjoy your weekend and hope you can find some holiday inspiration for this weeks Bellariffic Friday challenge.

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Dana White said...

Cath this is so cute - LOVE the flower soft for the crown and stocking - I never would have thought of that!!

Pauline said...

He is so adorable! Great job on the shading and layout!
You did an awesome job cutting him out - perfect border all around!

mforquer said...

OH this is adorable! Love this sweet image and wish we could get him in digi form!! Love your beautiful card...the embossed paper is a fabulous touch! Thanks for joining us at Tiddly Inks this week!
ps hope you'll join us again soon...your work is gorgeous!

Loopylou. said...

hiyah cath!!
omgoodness he is just too cute!! I love his little blue pj's and the papers look delicious!!

thank you for sharing him with us over on the tiddly inks challenge blog!
hugs Lou xxx

Pop's Cards said...

Beautiful sweetie, thanks for joining us at Tiddly Inks this time ♥ Pops x

Larissa said...

Super cute card. I love this image from Christy and your colouring is so pretty. I love the embossing on the red paper. Thanks for joing us at tiddly inks this week.

Leslie said...

Cath, this is adorable! You really rocked the shading on this and thanks for the copic colour tips! I love your shading on his crown! The paper is oooh so sparkly and lovely too!

Anonymous said...

Cath, this is such a cute card. I love it when you tell us which copics you used in the coloring process. :)

Tanya said...

I love this image from Christy Croll! Love your layout, very cute!