Bring on the Cake!

Abigail, my niece, is turning 1!  The kid has it all – a sweet smile, sunny disposition, and a fan club. 😉  In honor of her upcoming birthday I’ve created a zipper panel card so I can send her college fund money.  What?  I can’t help it.  Have you seen the price of school these days?  Eek!

IMG_1045So, on with the card!  I cut Neenah solar white card stock using the zipper panel die cut by Ellen Hutson twice, once for the card and the second time to act as a support panel for when the card is opened.  Using Memento ink, I inked ‘cupcake Mimi’ by Penny Black and centered the image on my A2 panel.  Taking that same stamp I stamped it a second time (without re-inking) onto Post-it tape.  I trimmed the image out of the Post-it tape and then masked my stamped image on the card.

Once Mimi (the little girl) was masked, I set the panel in my Misti so I could repeatedly stamp the background.  I did so using some My Favorite Things dye ink along with their IMG_1047‘Gingam’ background.  I kept the mask on Mimi and using ‘Bokeh Dots’ by Ellen Hutson and stamped the image several times in VersaMark ink.  Although slightly hard to see in this photo, the bokeh dots were covered in a holographic embossing powder and then embossed with a heat tool.  (I added a quick video at the bottom of this post to better show the holographic shimmer.  Probably should have turned off my Fleetwood Mac music before rolling tape!)  This created some subtle, shiny, focus around my sweet image!

Now for the coloring!  I love coloring with my copic markers.  In fact, part of my New Year’s resolution was that this would be ‘the year of the watercolor’ just so I’d venture out of my comfort zone.  Good news!  I’ve been practicing!  Bad news!  I stink!  Because I want to send this card to my niece I went with the copics!  Although, thinking about it, she probably wouldn’t care if I colored her card in with crayon 😉

IMG_1055Mimi’s tutu is colored in using R29, R24, and R05.  Her striped jumper and tights are colored in R20 and R22 with shading added with C00 and C1.  Her bow and shoes are colored in using Y15 and Y15.  Mimi is a relatively simple image and so a minimal amount of shading was done on her skin using E0000, E000, Y02, and BV000 and R20 for her cheeks.  For me, hair is the trickiest part, to give Mimi the honied blonde shade of the recipient I used Y000, Y21, Y32, and E53.  The cake uses all the same colors found in the rest of Mimi to keep some continuity and stop my image from getting too busy.

Lastly, I colored some scrap card stock using the R05 copic marker and stamped the ‘Bring on the Cake!’ sentiment by Ellen Hutson in VersaMark and embossed it in white.  A little glossy accents on Mimi’s foot wear, white gel pen on the cake, black glaze pen on her eyes, and I was done!

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