Hello! It’s my final inspiration post of 2018 and I’ve created a simple, last minute masculine card, using Jethro’s Christmas image available in Le Ann’s World 101’s Etsy Store.

My design started with coloring the image with both Chameleon Pens and Sharpie Ultra Fine Tip Markers. I then used Chameleon Pencils and Lyra Rembrandt Colored Pencils to deepen the contrasts and shadings. The Chameleon pencils, being wax based and the Lyra Rembrandt pencils, being oil based can’t be used in the same areas as each other because they won’t mix but there’s nothing stopping me from using them in neighbouring areas. They have very different colors in each set and give me many more colors to use across my entire image. For example, I’ve used the browns from Chameleon Pencils for Jethro’s hat and then used the browns from the Lyra Rembrandt set for Jethro’s hair giving me two very different results in the two neighboring sections. I think just using one set of pencils would have made the two areas look too similar, so close together.

To make my card base I die cut two of the largest of a Surprise Creation shaped, pierced nesting die set from white cardstock to create hinged, shaped card base. I also die cut a smaller piece and colored its outer edges with New Sprout Memento Dew Drops Dye Ink to create a custom colored layer and then added Spring Green Nuvo Embellishment Mousse to give a metallic finish. I really wanted to keep with the Christmas colors but also wanted a more subdued contrast than a darker green would have given. I then die cut the feature panel with yet another smaller nesting die.

I mounted the feature and green layers onto the card base, using Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive and added a simple black Peel Off Sticker sentiment. I then went back and added black to each of the pierced dots the die created, using a black fineliner pen, to frame my colored image just that little more.

I really like how highlighting the piercings gave the border that little extra interest and I’m loving making quick and easy shaped cards with just two simple die cuts. They’re just something that bit different from the basic rectangles, circles or squares we usually work with. Thanks so much for spending time with me today. I look forward to next time…😊

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