Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Father's Birthday!

This card is a month late (thus the HouseMouse stamp with the tortoise!)... But I hope he enjoys it, still. :)

Recently, my friend told me her art teacher in high school forbid them from smudging colored pencils when coloring... And that apparently art professors (at least at Cal Poly) don't smudge it, either. Not even with special solutions for smudging pencil! I thought it was a little weird, because Prismacolor pencils, smudged with Turpenoid, give a nice result... So, for this card I actually challenged myself to not use Turpenoid! Here's how it came out... :)

Not bad, hm? :) I actually think that it looks a bit brighter than it would have if I did it my usual way... This is a HouseMouse stamp, and I cut it out, every little grass leaf, (took me forever, but totally worth it!) and used a tape roller to glue it on the baby blue paper. The brown paper was Cuttlebugged and then I mounted the baby blue paper onto it. The white dots are pearl-looking like beads, just glued.. :) And of course, ribbon; and some Stickles for the sentiment. :)

And this.. is the inside!

These images are also colored without Turpenoid intervention, even though I was so tempted to smudge the color on the little lion's face! :) The writing is in Russian.. It's glittery, but you cannot see that in this photo. And the dots are Stickles, just to fill up the background somehow. :)

On this close-up, you can see that both the lion and the bird are embossed. Makes them pop a bit on the flowery background. :) Finally, the edges were cut with some shaped craft scissors.

And... That is it! :) I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Products I used:

  • Stamps: HouseMouse - Slow Pokes; Autumn Leaves - Mindy's Zoo
  • Inks: Vintage Photo Distress; Versa color - royal blue; Memories - black
  • Embossing: D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug folder
  • Denami clear embossing powder
  • Prismacolor pencils
  • Stickles glitter glue: cinnamon, waterfall, golden rod, turquoise
  • Fiskars scissors - ripple


  1. Hello your card is stunning.
    The image is beautifully colored and I like the colors.

    Thanks for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge
    Hugs Karla

  2. This is so very lovely! I´m a big turtle fan ;-) Thanks for playing with us at our very first Challenge of Fairy Tale. xx Bianca

  3. such a cute card, love the images

    thanks a lot for joining us at our very first Fairytale challenge



  4. What a lovely card! Congratulations for your father's birthday.:)
    Thanks for you join our 1st challenge at Fairy Tale Challenge.
    ~~darling Ho~~ FTC DT

  5. Your card is fantastic. I love your style.
    Thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challenge.

  6. gosh, that's fantastic. i'll never understand how a card with a turtle on it could look so fabulous. i admire your colored pencil work. and i can't get over all the colors.

  7. that's fantastic! I can't believe how a card with a realistic turtle on it could look so cute. i admire your colored pencil work, and i can't get over the colors.


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