Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Crabby Card

Hello! Today a bunch of the Gina K Design Team, Card Kit Team and CSS Alumni are showcasing the latest card kit set, Quite A Catch.

Be sure to check out these designers for even more samples with the Quite a Catch stamp set


To see the adorable samples in the StampTV gallery, check out this link: quiteacatch

I used the cute crab for my card. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored with Copics, starting with R89 where I wanted the deepest color.

Blended out from there with R27.

Blended out from there with R24.

Then filled in most of the way with R22. After adding R22, I used my blender pen to smooth out the highlights (not pictured).

For the seaweed, I colored all over with YG03, then added some shadows with YG99. As you can see, I didn't bother to stay in the lines, since I planned to cut out my images.

Blended with YG91.

I used Post-it Notes to mask off the top section. I cut in a graceful curve, put it in place and then sponged Memento Desert Sand ink.

I added some texture with the sand stamp from Melanie's Gifts From the Sea stamp set, stamped with London Fog ink.

I turned my mask around and sponged Memento Summer Sky.

Sponged Memento Danube Blue.

I love to use the vine from Cammie's Whimsical Autumn as seaweed whenever I'm doing underwater scenes. I stamped it with Danube Blue, stamped off once, several times, then with London Fog.

Stamped the vine a few more times after removing the mask, with Memento Pear Tart.

A little tip I've shared before... I like to use all of my Pop Dots (I know a lot of you do, too), so I always make use of the remainder after using up the dots. Cutting the edges in thin strips is a great way to pop up images that have long narrow parts, like flower stems, or in this case the seaweed I colored earlier.

Here is the finished card with the images all popped up with Pop Dots. I used the mini dots for the seaweed, but on the crab, I used the thicker 1/2 inch Pop Dots on the head and claws, then mini's on the rest of the body. It's hard to see in the photo, but in person, using the larger dots on part of the image really increases the dimension in the card. If you don't have the thicker 1/2 inch dots, you can always double up your mini pop dots to add more depth.

I layered with Pure Luxury Black Onyx and used Ocean Mist for the card base.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great day!!!

25 comments:

Jessica said...

Oh my goodness he is cute! lol! I love your shading on Mr. Crabs and your seaweed vines in the background - it's perfect!! Thanks so much for hopping with us tonight, my friend!!

JessicaK said...

I thought I recognized those background leaves - way to combine the sets for an awesome card.

Tina Gilliland said...

LOVE those leaves with this set!!! Great job as always, Theresa!!

Carolyn King said...

YEP---LOVE it! You are masterful at scenes. I am gonna try my hand at an underwater one now! LOVE this card girl!

6 wacky women said...

Awesome card, Theresa
I just love this card!!!
Your work is always perfection!!

Karen x

joy said...

Great combination of stamps! You have made this little crabs world look very real!

Becky said...

Wonder card, another great tutorial.

Lagene said...

Wonderful card & thanks for another great tutorial!

Bev Gerard said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, another chance to observe your beautiful style! As always, I am mesmerized~! Thank you, Theresa!

~Bev

Payne Holler Cards said...

love seeing you combine sets! and of course your coloring...wonder how many of us you have "taught" how to color? your toots are always appreciated, hugs
Linda

Sharri Seffens said...

Theresa, Gorgeous underwater scene but then everything you make is gorgeous! Love how you colored the crab. I would not have thought to start with R89 but am gonna give it a try!

catdidit said...

your underwater scenes make me hold my breath, makes me feel like im THERE! LOL! so awesome T!!

redwasher1 said...

Your card is beautiful, love all the shading and your coloring is awesome!!

Sue said...

Hi hun
stunning card,i luv the image,awesome colouring,sue.x

Sue VanDeVusse said...

I love this underwater scene that you have created! It has such depth.

Jennie said...

This is beautiful Theresa! Love the coloring of the crab and the water scene is just perfect :o)

Vicki Dutcher said...

My friend - there are just not enough complimentary words to described your cards - I ADORE your work and I learn so much from your tutorials. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with the rest of us wannibies! LOL

Lori said...

Great idea using the vine, it fits perfectly "under the sea"! Your coloring is just amazing.

Olga said...

This is fantastic!!! You make it look so easy to create scenes and color! You rock!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh this is just an amazing underwater dream!!! Gorgeous bg and oh I'm totally addicted to pop dots too!!! I love the depth and dimension!!

colleen said...

OMG! What an awesome card! Thanks for the tutorial too!!! Love it!

Brenda said...

Another fabulous creation!

Cheri said...

I have gained so much from your tutorials, Theresa. Thank you for these helpful insights. What a fantastic creative card you made with this set!! You never cease to amaze me.

Betty Neville said...

Love this Theresa! I don't always comment but I'm always amazed by your beautiful work! Thank you also for taking the time to do your tutorials!

Deb Neerman said...

OMigosh, how did I miss this?!? It's just fabulous, Theresa, and the coloring is breath-taking!