Ah, Christmas, when the does dream of diamonds–and the bucks dream of does! Here she is, the “doe” we created from the leftover buck from the Inlaid Deer card, and she’ll make an appearance on the Christmas card I’m going to make for my husband–I hope he gets a chuckle from it. Just a quick video review of how we Frankensteined (yes, I invented that verb, grin) to get this creature for those who may have missed it, then on to today’s card.
Our card panel is 4″x 5-1/4″ Neenah Solar White. Because we’ll be doing some Copic coloring, we’ll be stamping using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, which is Copic friendly. I’ll use my MISTI stamping tool and several Lawn Fawn sets to stamp out a deer, and some gifts from Toboggan Together, a heart and a bow from Yay, Kites!, and a heart and the sentiment, “may all your dreams come true,” from Critters Ever After. We’ll stamp the sentiment onto our card panel using Versafine Onyx Black, a permanent pigment ink that gives a crisp image.
We’ll color the deer using Copic E23 and E25 for the body’s fur and E31 and E34 for the face and antlers. The hearts and bow will be done in E07, because it matches another color that will be coming into play shortly. A slight shadow of E09 will be used on the larger items. Because these items are so small, I work from dark to light to minimize bleeding. The packages will get Y02 and Y08, V04 and V06, and BG11 and BG15. A gold gel pen colors the ribbons and bows.
Die-cutting the shapes using the Big Shot, I hold the dies for the colored images in place using micropore tape, since precise cutting is important to avoid having the dies slip after doing the work of coloring. We’ll also cut out several of the snowballs from white and a Christmas Tree from the Toboggan Together set from a piece of paper inked in Distress Ink in Pine Needles that’s left from a prior project. We’ll take some Inkadinkado Mask Paper and cut three of the large cloud shapes from Yay, Kites! that we’ll use to form the dream cloud bubble over the young buck’s head. Some could draw this freehand, but that’s really not in my skill set. We’ll also take the smallest of the ovals from Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Ovals die set and cut a red oval from a piece of Hero Arts Shadow Ink Red Royal cardstock that we’d inked for another project and have left over–this is the color that the Copic E07 matches. This will serve as a little pallet for our small reindeer to use as his napping spot.
Now we’ll have do a bit of piecing. We’ll form the dream cloud from mask paper, then attach the bow to our doe and fit her into the cloud. Another strip of mask paper across the bottom will mark off what will become the “carpet” of our young buck’s bachelor pad, while we “paper” the walls with a neutral-toned Y32 Copic marker, then add a subtle stripe in E71. Carpet in dots of B60, encircling but not covering the sentiment, complete the base “decor.” Not how I’d decorate my home, but, of course, it lacks a woman’s touch.
Our doe goes into her dream cloud, along with a couple of hearts to form a visual triangle with the red that’s in her bow.
We’ll see how the reindeer fits onto the “rug” we made, and use the die to mark off his legs so we’ll have him lying down. Using a black marker in a narrow width–this is a Micron .01–I’m going to take off a bit of his tail, as I believe that he’d have it flat to doze. A line of marker along where he’s had his “surgery” will distract from where he’s had some work done. Draw on two arches to signify the muscles of his legs that are tucked under him while he naps, and change his eye from an open dot to a closed arc to send him off to dreamland.
Let’s also use the gold gel pen to draw garlands on his Christmas tree before we start putting it all together. The snowballs become the leaders to his dream cloud. Foam tape adds dimension to the gifts and the reindeer, using slightly more for the gifts, since they’re in front. Hmm, it’s just not festive enough, even for a card being given to a gentleman, so the tree, her bow, and the gifts’ ribbons are further embellished with some Diamond Stickles, and the front panel is complete.
Now for an inner-panel sentiment; this one is intrinsic to the card’s message. We’ll cut an inner panel for the inside sentiment to 4″x4″ and round the corners by 1/4″ using the Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper. I don’t have a stamp set that mimics this font, and there is no way that I’m going to cut these apart letter-by-letter. So, I take a moment to practice copying the font. It’s a pretty basic one, and my sentiment is short, so I think that I can pull it off, despite my not-so-great handwriting. I practice the letters that I’ll be using over and over on scrap paper, trying to get a feel for the strokes. Of course, it’s not going to match perfectly–it’s not even the same size–but the recipient isn’t going to be thinking about that. Since it’s my husband, he’s more likely to be wondering if I’ve bought yet another alphabet stamp set in a very similar font to one that I already own, although I hope that he’s more charmed by the idea of the card itself. Using a pencil before adding it to the actual insert panel adds to my confidence. To thicken the line, I switch to a Copic Multiliner SP. After it’s dried, I use a tool that I love–my Helix electric eraser!
I add the smiling heart that I’ve previously die cut and a couple of Pretty Pink Posh gold stars to the inner sentiment panel using Multi-Medium Matte, then adhere both panels to a red A2 card base using Scotch Quick-Dry. I’ll wait to actually write the personalized sentiment onto this panel, depending on how well my reindeer/husband has been behaving by the time Christmas comes around (wink). I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card, and thanks so much for stopping by!