Hello! Today I’m sharing another inspiration make for the new Creative Fingers Challenge. This challenge is sponsored by Some Odd Girl and I’ve chosen Rockin Kody to create a masculine card for the younger generation.

My entire card front was designed on my computer. I started by opening a digital patterned paper, called Mix Up, designed by Lozzie. I cropped the paper down to fit a 5″x7″ card base, once printed. I downloaded a speaker image from the Kisspng website to use in a simple background scene, adding two copies over the top of the patterned paper, flipping the image horizontally once to make them look like a pair of speakers. I merged the two speakers into a single image and digitally blurred them slightly, which just helps give the whole image the appearance of dimension. I then removed the background from the Rockin Kody image and positioned the outline in the foreground. Finally, I created a spotlight for Kody to stand in. I did this by using two basic shapes, an elongated triangle and oval, making them both white as I loaded them onto the screen. I again merged the two shapes into a single image and reduced the opacity down to where it looked like a spotlight shining down. I added two borders around the image and saved the file as a Jpeg, ready to print.

It was at this point I decided the best way to add a sentiment was with some die cut stars. I sampled the light and dark brown colours from the patterned paper and created two blocks of the light brown and overlaid the greeting, written in the dark brown. Again, I saved these as Jpeg images and printed all three elements onto a single piece of X-Press It blending cardstock.

I then set to work colouring the Kody outline with my Chameleon pens and just added a few enhancements to highlights and shadows with pencil, all the time being conscious of the light source being directly above.

Once finished, I trimmed the panel down to size and attached it directly to a cream 5″x7″ card base using liquid PVA glue. I die cut my sentiments with a stitched edge star die and cut a few extra small stars from the leftover pieces of the printed light brown blocks. I added all the stars with foam tape to finish the card off.

I thought the edges of the stars were a little bland when I looked back at the finished design so, using my clear Sakura Glitter Pen, I carefully went around the edges of each star, between the stitching line and the outer edge. It’s not that visible in the photo but it gave the stars the highlighting they needed to set them apart from the rest of the card. The shiny edges really made a huge difference!

Thanks so much for spending time with me today, I look forward to next time! 😊


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