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Monday, 20 October 2014

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog - Post by Kym - Monday 20 October 2014

The ever so talented Ching-Chou Kuik has an Etsy Store where she sells her digital stamps.  She has:
Today is the day for me to show you my inspiration card for the Inspiration and Monthly Challenge Blog.
One of my Design Team members Sylvia picked this image for me to use whilst I was away.  The image is called "Christmas Venice Night".  I do like traditional Christmas cards but this card is purrfect (couldn't resist saying that!!) for anyone that loves animals and especially cats.

I have coloured the body of my cat in with chalks/Pan Pastels.  I did try my Graph'it pens but I wasn't happy with how it turned out so it went in the bin.  Colouring animals is still somewhere where I need more practice.  I have added glossy accents to the cat's eyes.  The rest of the image I have coloured in with my trusty Graph'it pens and highlighted areas with my white Graph'it pen and gold sparkle Graph'it pen.  For the background around the cat I coloured the whole area with 7130 (Celestial) and then dotted around with my blender and left a while.  I went back and dotted around three times and also added some dots with my white Graph'it pen.  I then inked around the edge with Tim Holtz's Peeled Paint distress ink.
I made my own card blank using a set of Sizzix Hexagon dies I got recently.  The largest shape makes a decent sized card especially with our costs of postage.

The backing papers I have used are from a new release by Donna at Bearly Mine Designs.  It is called "Christmas Traditions 2".  I love to see different coloured cards at Christmas but personally I am more of a traditional Christmas kind of girl and prefer reds and greens so this set is perfect.  It is also perfect as there are lots of the papers that could be used all year round which makes it more cost-effective ie you are not just buying it to use for Christmas cards/creations.  If you purchase "Christmas Traditions 2" before Saturday 15 November 2014 you will also get a set of 18 Christmas inserts absolutely free.  Here are all the details.

I have finished the card off with a stamped sentiment, a Marianne Designs Anja border that I got for my birthday that I have coloured with a Graph'it pen (I only used one small area of the border - it just shows you don't have to use everything), 2 poinsettias made with my Britannia poinsettia dies that I bought last year, gorgeous Bordeaux organza ribbon tied into a bow from Buckwell Craft Supplies and added some pearls to the centre of the poinsettias and the bow from Buckwell Craft Supplies.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Christmas Cards All Year Round - Embellish it!
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper October Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Card Challenge Extra - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
The Stamping Chef - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Milk Coffee Challenge - Lots of layers
Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Graph'it Challenge - Extra FX
Polkadoodles - Christmas fun
Deep Ocean - Christmas in October
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option of candy treats
Ppinkygirls Challenge - Anything goes or halloween
Bunny Zoe's Challenge - Animals
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Ema M said...

You are right... it's a purrfect cat image! lol Love the colors and design of the card. Thanks for joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
IDCB Owner

Elizabeth Hart said...

This is such a striking image and unique - love what you did with the color choices. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Creative Fingers challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Elizabeth Hart said...

This is such a striking image and unique - love what you did with the color choices. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Creative Fingers challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful image and card Kym
Gr Karin

Helen said...

Great card - love the shape.

Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky.

Helen x

~ginny said...

Thank you for sharing your project & creativity with us at Aud Sentiments Kym! The cat is very nicely colored - I love the eyes! And the background is really creative with the dots of blender making 'snow'! It's a delightful design Kym!
DT for Aud Sentiments: [#117 – Anything Goes]
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Anjie said...

Fab card. Thanks for joining us in our Xmas fun challenge at Polkadoodles
Anjie (Senior DT)

Asha said...

A beautiful project, Kym. Thanks for playing along with PolkaDoodles’ Christmas Fun challenge.
Asha (DT)

coops said...

so gorgeous kym.fabulous striking design and colours and i love the image ;D

xx coops xx

Helen said...

Me again.

A really great card.

Thanks for joining us at Penny's.

Helen x

Jo Ann said...

I love the shape of your card and the unique lay-out. Love the bold and bright colors too. We are blessed that you joined our Challenge last week at Word Art Wednesday. Please join us again as the new challenge starts today. Leaving you with God's Word in 1 John 4:9 which says, "This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him." God bless always!


Andreja L. said...

This card is just fabulous and so gorgeous :-))
Kym, thanks so much for playing along with us at Milk Coffee Challenges!!! Good Luck!
Hugs, Andreja

Bev said...

Any cat lover would adore this for Christmas thank you for joining in the Christmas fun at Polkadoodles http://polkadoodle.blogspot.ca/2014/10/week-42-christmas-fun-polkadoodles.html

Liz Smith said...

Wow! Well I adore the image but I really love the way your background turned out. Pretty simple as long as you have patience, which I do not. LOL Lovely card. Thank you for playing along in our Colouring Crazy challenge at Graph'its ! I hope to see you back again! ~ Lizzy DT

Rose said...

So glad you joined us for our CHNC extra challenge this month with this wonderful creation!!
Hope to see you back for our next challenge :)

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Kym, I love your background effect, Thanks for joining in with us at Graph'It colour challenge, Good Luck.
Kevin xx

Stephanie Hester said...

Such a fun card. Thanks for sharing with us at Ppinkydolls.

Asha said...

A beautiful project, Kym. Thanks for playing along with PolkaDoodles’ Christmas Fun challenge.
xxx Asha (DT)