I've always enjoyed Trina Walker Clark's artwork and have used some of her SVG files for previous projects. I'm so happy that I had this design in my stash. You can find it at KadoodleBugDesigns - look by designer. Christmas Gingers in a Cup. The kit also includes some Santa Gingers. I cut the entire piece on 1 sheet of 12x12 white cardstock. It's all colored using Ohuhu markers. They blended really well for this piece. I decided to back this paper pieced ginger with a circle and set the ginger off center to the right. I used some pop up dots for a little more dimension.
I'm beyond excited to share this fun project with you. The chick is a file from our sponsor, KaDoodleBug Designs!
Don't you just love it? I had so much fun cutting, coloring and putting it together.
Let's get started...
You'll need electronic die cutting machine and software Ice Cream duck file white card stock card background paper (stash - from an old Cards Beautiful collection) eBrush - SN adapater Spectrum Noir markers - BG1, CT2, CT3, CT1, Ly1, TN1, TN2, OR1, PP1, EB7, EB8, True Black Watercolor pencils - blue and indigo (stash) Sharpie White pen (stash) Adhesive and pop up dots or mounting tape Glossy Accents
Shadow box (optional) card stock strips to make bases for the pop-up (optional)
Cut all the pieces using your cutting software. I ungrouped the pieces and stacked them, grouped and then resized to fit a 4.25 x 5.5 card base. Ungroup to move to the mat as a single layer to cut.
I wanted a little more texture so I ran the two base pieces of the ice cream cone through an embossing folder. Set aside.
Get your ebrush and adapter for Spectrum Noir markers and start coloring. I colored all the larger pieces with their base color using the ebrush with markers. You can layer your color for subtle shading or add another tone or hue for more definition. I generally chose the next deeper tone in markers for this project.
I colored the eyes using some water color pencils and used a water brush to blend. When dry, I added some quick strokes with a black micro pen for a little more definition. I also added some white highlights.
Once all the coloring is done to your satisfaction, you can begin piecing it all together. I chose to add some additional finishes for a little more shine and highlight. A quick brush over with some Glossy Accents on the melted "chocolate" area as well as the eyes. Set aside to dry.
Glue together as shown in the design photo from KBD (use the link above). It was really very helpful and easy to follow. TIP: I glued the chick together first before adding to my card front.
I used a sentiment stamp from an old, old set from PTI and just added that to the background piece. This card is for one of my granddaughters and I wanted a way to showcase it a little more -- so I'm displaying it in a shadow box frame with no glass/transparency. I've popped the card up using a pop up frame made with some additional cardstock which is securely fastened to the base of the frame. The box can be hung on a wall or sit on a dresser or bookshelf for display.
Thanks, KBD for the fabulous kit and cut file! I'm sure it will be used again and again! Stay tuned, I have a couple more projects debuting in a few days! Hope you'll drop by again and we can share some crafting time together. Don't forget to drop by the KBD blog and check out all the latest news!
You can freehand your design or use stencils as I have done. Apple Bookworm file (from KaDoodleBugDesigns.com)
Measure your notepad. To measure your fabric pieces for cutting: double the width or your notepad and add 1.5 inches. For the height, measure the height and add 1.5 inches. You'll need to cut 2 pieces of fabric and one of batting. My fabric and batting for this particular cover, measured 12.5 inches w by 9.5 inches h.
Set aside the batting and one piece of fabric.
You'll want to cover your surface with some plastic. Remember, you're using fabric markers and if you're wanting to preserve your manicure, gloves might be helpful.
Secure your fabric to the work surface if need be. I'm using stencils and the stencil basically covered the area I was going to use the eBrush on, so I just use that to keep my fabric in place. Using the markers and eBrush, spray as desired. The Alpha file is one I've had for a while and I think it's an Ali Edwards file.
Since KaDoodleBugDesigns is a sponsor this month, I'm also using one of Melissa's files -- called Apple Bookworm and fabric piecing the "painted" pieces to the cover.
I used a scrap of fabric about 5 x 7 inches to stencil the worm and the apple. Once colored using the ebrush and markers, I added a little more dimension with the fine tip of the marker.
The brush tip was used to spray all the pieces with the eBrush. Use some Therm-O-Web to bond the fabric so you can "fuse" it to the cover. Cut the pieces. You could choose to use your electronic cutting machine to do the cutting before you color... I just cut mine by hand! :)
Once all the pieces are colored and cut, fuse as desired to the fabric cover piece. I used a stencil to draw on the eyeglasses and left the arms off for this sample. The apple, stem and leaf are all one piece. To set the colors, follow the manufacturer's directions for the markers you're using.
Now that you have all the coloring and set the dye simply stack from the bottom up, batting, cover face up and the 2nd piece of fabric. Pin. Stitch using a 1/4 inch wide seam. Be sure to leave about a 2 inch opening along one long edge. I chose the top edge along what would be the back of the cover. Trim the corners to remove some of the bulk. Carefully turn the cover right side out. You can finger press the seams or get your iron out and press.
Place the notepad on the inside of the back cover. I secured mine with a couple of hook and loop dots ( you can replace them as you switch out notebooks) Since this pad will stay on my desk, I'm not going to need to secure the cover with a closure, but you certainly could.
Thanks for dropping by and don't miss out on all the rest of the fabulous projects being shared by the design team this week and next! Hoping you've set some time aside in your craftroom this week!