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Mar 25, 2008

Look Closely! You're NOT Alone!

This is a card I made for the PaperCrafts March Gallery Contest (using buttons on your project). Liz from Cornish Heritage Farms sent me some of the CUTEST stamps from their new line - Tom Allen's Friendly Kritters.

To be honest, these detailed, intricate images use to really scare me. I still haven't tried my hand at the Thomas Kinkade line. It just looked so intimidating! But, to my amazement... I found that these images are SO easy and FUN to add color to! The shading of the stamped image honestly does all of the work for you! I used my Copics and watched the black & white image come to life. It does take extra time... but it's so therapeutic! I'm going to get some Kinkade images the next time I order. I've become a convert! :)

If you look closely, you'll see a tiny mouse sneaking around the basket. (click image to enlarge) I thought this sentiment worked perfectly with the image! LOL! This is one of a GAZILLION sentiments that comes in the soon-to-be-released set, Script Essential Expressions... part of the Mona Lisa Moments line by CHF! Seriously -- this set has a sentiment for every occasion! I LOVE it!

The theme of this card centers around fabric. (yarn in the stamped image, the zigzag stitching, the houndstooth "fabric" background, and of course the buttons!)

- Sleepy Kitten (Tom Allen's Friendly Kritters line) by Cornish Heritage Farms (CHF)
- Houndstooth background by CHF
- (sentiment) Script Essential Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments) by CHF

- White, Suede Brown Dark & Papaya Puree Dark Prismatic CS by Prism
- Georgia Pacific white CS

- Graphite Black Brilliance
- Terra Cotta Adirondack ink by Ranger
- Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink by Ranger

- Copic Markers
- Foof-a-La buttons
- brown embroidery floss

* to make background:

  • Stamp Houndstooth image with Terra Cotta ink onto white textured Prismatic CS.

  • Sponge Brushed Corduroy ink over entire piece.

  • Add additional ink to edges.

So... the moral of this post is: Try Something That Scares You! You might end up falling in love!


  1. I just love this card, and the thought behind it. Never alone.......How neat!

  2. Wow Julie, you ARE brave! I'm so terrified of those types of images, but you did some incedible work here. It look professionally printed, not colored in! The buttons and the stitching make it perfect.

  3. This looks so nice! I too have always steered clear of these kinds of images because they look to difficult to color and I didn't think I would like the way they would turn out. But you have convinced me that they're worth giving a try! Mary P.

  4. This is the cutest card!!! Love your coloring and all your details!

  5. Julie, I love your work, you give me inspiration to get back to making cards!

    hey I just unsubscribed not because I don't want to see what you are doing, but I have you listed on my blog now.

  6. Darling! I love your use of buttons with the knitting/sewing theme and your use of actual yarn on the card. Your coloring is so pretty; bring on the Kinkades!

  7. Like I've said always inspire me to try something I am afraid of!!! I have one Kinkade stamp and Julia Stainton has given me the courage to use it with one color ink and work from there....When I saw this particular kitten stamp I thought (stepping backwards) Love it, BUT no way will I be able to manage this!! You did such a great job..I MIGHT have to get up the courage to try one soon.
    Thanks for sharing...

  8. Your card is fabulous. It looks like a photograph. Your pic won't let us click on to enlarge it--boo hoo.

  9. Holy crap! You just colored like a PRO!!! That kitten is cute enough to cuddle. You should pat yourself on the back girl

  10. This is so darling, Julie...and your coloring is amazing!! I love the buttons as well!!

  11. HOLY COW! Your coloring is FANTASTIC!!!!!! Love the buttons too!


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