Monday, November 12, 2018


Coloring Digi for November

Pumpkin Head

This little guy is cute! There are so many ways to create a card using Pumpkin Head! He is a perfect digital stamp for the month of November and the middle of fall!

Preparing to Color

It was decided to print out multiple sizes of Pumpkin Head. For the project, the sizes of 1 1/2", 1 3/4" and 2" diameters were chosen. 

The pattern paper that was used helped to pick the colors of Copic markers that would color Pumpkin Head and his friends.

Coloring Pumpkin Head

A swatch book was used to choose the colors which came from Authentique's 'Harvest' 6"x 6" paper pad. Swatch books are made by coloring with each marker, usually, within the same color family. A small sample is colored and the name and number are written next to it. This aids in choosing the true color of the marker, not the color that is depicted on the cap. 

Using three colors for the first pumpkin, the darkest marker was used first. A quick 'flicking' motion was used to color the area that was not going to be touched by the light source. The medium colored marker was used with the same 'flicking' motion next to the dark marker. Some strokes were overlapped to blend but using the 'tip-to-tip' technique worked better for blending.

To do the “tip to tip” technique, touch the tip of the lighter colored marker to the tip of the darker color marker, thus combining the two colors to create a shade in between.  Use the combined color to go over the area where the two colors join on the image.  Repeat this process until the image colors are blended as desired.  This method creates a less harsh blending of colors and does not damage the tips.  It may also be used to substitute for a color marker you may not have.

The stem of Pumpkin Head was colored using YG93 and YG97, blended as needed.  Marker E93 was applied for the nose and tongue and roof of the mouth.  Marker E44 was used for the inside of the mouth.  For the Iris of the eyes, YG93 was used and then C00 on the eyeball to accent the white color in the eye.  This finishes the first pumpkin!

The Rest of the Gang

Color combinations in sets of 3, using a combination of dark, mid, and light tone for each image, works best for blending.  Nine pumpkins of varying sizes using the color combinations shown in the photo were created, adding the same accent colors from the first pumpkin for the stem and facial features.

They were fussy cut cutting along the black line of the image using Fiskars Cutter Bee scissors. Copic marker N8 was used to go over the outside edge of each image, covering the white edge of the cardstock.  

Putting It All Together

A brown sheet of cardstock was cut to 5 1/2" X 8" 1/2 and scored on the 8 1/2” side at 2 1/8” and 4 1/4”. It was then folded on the score lines to form an easel card base.  

The following pieces for the card topper were cut as follows:
Brown cardstock 4 1/4” X 5 1/2”
Green cardstock 4 1/8” X 5 3/8”
The designer paper was cut at 4” X 5 1/4”.  The corners were rounded with a Creative Memories corner rounding punch.  
These three pieces were put together to form the card topper.

The following was cut for the inside of the card:

Green Cardstock 5 1/4” X 4”
White cardstock 3 3/4” X 5”
The two pieces were glued together and put them on the inside of the brown card base that is NOT scored.  This will create an area inside the card for a sentiment or message.

The card was laid with the inside face down. This formed the front of the card. Glue was added to the lower 2 1/8” section of the card front. With the edges matched, the top of the card topper was adhered with the designer paper facing up. 

The pumpkin friends and Pumpkin Head were laid out on the card topper forming a pyramid. Starting with the bottom row, three pumpkins were adhered. The two on the outside were attached with a tape runner, Pumpkin Head in the center is attached using double-sided foam tape for dimension. The pumpkin stems were left glued to allow the next layer of pumpkins to be tucked underneath. 

On the second row, the inside edges of each pumpkin (towards the center of the card) were attached with the double-sided foam tape. The outside edges of the second row of pumpkins were attached using the tape runner. This allows you to “stack” the pumpkins.  The top pumpkin was attached using double-sided foam tape.

The Grande Finale

Double-sided foam tape was used to adhere one of the remaining pumpkins to the inside bottom edge of the card. This is the stand to form the easel.  As a finishing touch, Glossy Accents was added on the pumpkin's facial features to bring them to life!

Ranger Glossy Accents 

It was a creative idea to make duplicate Pumpkin Heads in varying sizes, to make a stack on the front of the card! It looks cute and very festive!

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1 comment:

  1. Awesome idea,I love how it turned out. thanks for sharing!