I've had a really lovely weekend, all nice and relaxing - and even had a trip out to Lincoln Christmas Market yesterday with the family. Although, I must admit, it always seems to come to life more when it gets darker. We went around midday and the atmosphere wasn't there until the sun set around 4pm and it started to get dark. Suddenly, everything changed and it all seemed more Christmassy.
I could even be tempted to find my Christmas tree and put it up!!
So.. onto today's card, and I thought I'd share a card using some stamps that I won as a blog challenge prize. I totally love elephants, and these little guys are just the cutest!
I got a set of four... so it was difficult to choose which to colour up first, so I went for this one first... the other will be shown tomorrow!
Here's how I made it...
- Make it darker - I firstly coloured the image using watercolour paints, then decided to make the background much darker than I usually would. I went for a mix of dark blue and purple paints to add depth. Somehow it helped to make the colours of the elephants pop a little.
- Flush it - Of course I had to add some flush! A very good friend of mine once laughed that all my little animals have flushy cheeks... of course they do! It adds a little bit of personality doesn't it?
- Highlight it - A little dot or three of white gel pen (I use Papermania Artiste) on the eyes and on the cheeks add a little highlight to the important areas.
- Cut it out - I've decorated the card using a few different die cuts. The trees have liquid applique on them to give them extra dimension too. Using die cuts also helps to fill an empty space.
And this one was one I picked up from a local craft shop last week. I had got my loyalty points voucher, so used it for this lovely set. So classy isn't it.