Monday, July 13, 2009

Not a Bear - Faux Grid Background

Hello! I am so late with this post today. I had intended to work on it first thing this morning, but I wound up having to run Pebbles the dog to the vet. She had a fox tail embedded at the base of her toenail. They had to anesthetize her to take it out so it was a long day for poor Pebbles. She is just fine, but a little sleepy still.

My card today was for the SCS Try a New Technique challenge to made a faux grid card. I used stamps from Jumping from Joy, Tropical Flowers and Happy Camper, all from Gina K. The larger sentiment is computer generated and the one on the sign is hand written.

Here are the details...

I started by stamping the sign, from Happy Camper, with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I colored with Copics, starting with E57 along the lines.

Then I added E55.

Next I filled in with E31, then used my blender pen to lift some color from the center of the sigh and post.

I used the same process on the bear from Jumping For Joy, going from dark to light, starting with E37, in the areas where I wanted the shadows.

Then I added E35.

Follow with E33 everywhere except the lightest areas.

Next I filled in with E31 and used my blender pen to add some highlights.

I cut out both images, trimming away the grass from the sign. Then I used my craft knife to slice a little opening, next to the bear paw and kneee, for the sign to slide into.

For my background, I cut a piece of Pure Luxury cardstock and sponged So Saffron over the entire surface.

Next I added Apricot Appeal to the edges, working my way in toward the center.

Then I added Pumpkin Pie, keeping it very close to the edges.

Used the two leafy stems from Tropical Flowers and stamped with Really Rust. I also stamped a second time before re-inking to created some fainter images.

To make the grid pattern, I used a quilting ruler and measure 1/2 inch from the bottom of the paper and drew a thin, lifting the pen when I got to a stamped image, so the line wouldn't pass through the image. I repeated the process, making a new line every 1/2 inch.

Next, I rotated the paper and added lines going the opposite direction.

Here is a view with all the grid lines in place.

I layered with Pure Luxury Black Onyx and Ivory, then used a Creamy Caramel (SU) cardbase.

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


Payne Holler Cards said...

so adorable! love the colors - dont know if I have the patience to do the grid LOL

Casmiles said...

Theresa - I LOVE this card. It's so cute. And a new technique for me to try - faux grid. I can't wait.

Becky said...

This is so cool, love this tech, must give it a try. love the sentiment that is just too adorable.

Sue said...

Awesome work as always, great card, sue.x

Littlebear said...

Fantastic card - you are so talented! Thank you for all the photos of the process.
Clare x

coldwaters2 said...

Brilliant the card is just fab and the pics on how you achieved this beauty is awesome.

Lorraine x

Lydia said...

Hey - fell in love with this! I'm tweeting it via Splitcoast tonight! :)

Helena said...

Oh this is wonderful! I love it!

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

"I'm not a bear!"
I like this one!

Deb Neerman said...

Oh, this came out fantasticalish! I saw that challenge on SCS but I ran away screamin' ... you make it look so easy! So, maybe I'll try it yet ...

Super card, Theresa!!!

6 wacky women said...

Fabulous card, Theresa.
I love it!!

Karen x

CraftyC said...

This is stunning and a great tutorial, thanks

Marsha said...

This is really cute. I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with the grid - ended up not doing any. This is great

Lori said...

How cute! This card is adorable, such a sweet innocent "non-bear".

Tracey said...

This is fabulous Theresa! Love it!

Denise M said...

Just wanted to pop in and say how much I appreciate that you take the time to walk us through your creative steps. It's a huge learning tool for me!! Thanks soooo much!! Love ALL your work.

Elena said...

So sorry to hear about Pebbles, hope she is fine by now...
Your card is adorable! Love the Faux Grid! You did a fabulous job with it!

Dawn Frost said...

I love the grid technique I'm going to have to try the faux grid, lol! Your card is adorable.