Juletag and How to Color a Fox

Big juletag

Yesterday I posted a set of Juletags using most of the characters available in the winter release. Today I will focus on just one mischievous little girl! I wanted to show that the size of the stamp fits with most projects, in this case, small juletags and big juletags.

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This is a bigger gift tag, more commonly used here in Norway. By adding personalized elements to the background and surrounding area, you can really make a custom, perfect-for-the-person juletag!

For someone that knits, I chose to stick with the standard jul colors and make the juletag monochromatic. As you can imagine, there are just too many combinations possible with different characters, colors and personalized elements!

Step-by-step coloring instructions

First, let me say that I am not a colorist. I am not Copic certified. Most of what I do I learned from YouTube videos. I truly have no good reason to say this is how you should do this. I’m not actually saying this is how you should do this, I’m saying, this is how *I* do this. 🙂 If you aren’t a colorist either, then maybe this will give you some ideas on how to color your own projects!

Typically I use three colors, a dark, a medium, and a light. On this fox I used 4, a dark, 2 medium and a light. I put the dark where I guess there would be natural shadow, use the medium on almost everything else and leave a little space for the light to show a highlight. If you don’t have the same colors I am using, it’s not a problem! Just use what colors you have that are dark, medium, and light. 🙂

Let’s start coloring! (I’m going to leave the pictures as big as possible so you can see the details.)

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My dark color for the fox is E09. I’ve put this where I thought there was a shadow, or where I wanted to show some dimension.

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My next color, YR09, I colored and blended with the dark color. You can still see a color difference but most of the sharp lines are gone.

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My next medium color, YR07, I colored all the rest of the fox except where I wanted to show some highlight.

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And finally, my lightest color, Y38, I used on all the remaining white areas. I colored over the medium color slightly so I could blend them together and not have very sharp lines where the 2 colors meet.

And that’s it, the fox is done! I’ve made some mistakes, you can see where color is outside the line, but don’t worry about that until you’re finished. There is more coloring to do and you don’t yet know what it will look like at the end. That’s the hardest lesson I’ve had with coloring – patience. Just finish coloring and then see what you have. You can always be creative with mistakes after and trust me, nobody will notice!

So let’s color the rest!

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I think every character looks cuter with a pink nose 🙂 I used a darker pink, RV13, to color in the bottom of the nose and most of the ears.

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I colored my light pink, R30, (only 2 colors for such a small area) in the white areas and colored over the dark pink just a little to blend them.

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The bunny is small so while you can add lots of detail with time and patience (2 things I often do not have), I chose to just use 2 colors for shadow and main color. Here I colored in the shadowed areas using E55.

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I came in with my main color, E53, and colored over everything except the teeth. 🙂

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Next is the scarf. Even though the stripes are super tiny, I decided I wanted to use 3 colors to have a good contrast between light and dark. With things this small, I more aim to just get some color where I want it and not go out of the lines. I used BG07 for the shadow.

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Then I used my medium color, BG05, and tried to stay in the lines! I do not spend a lot of time blending such small areas, I really just try to put the color down neatly. 🙂

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Next I used my lightest color, BG01, to color in the rest to show a nice highlight. Again, I don’t spend a lot of time, I don’t really blend them together, I just try to be neat. 🙂 I really like how light the light is compared to the dark.

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You could leave it like that and call it done but I like to show a little shadow on white areas so it more matches with how the colored areas are done. Here I’ve chosen C3 to be the darker of the shadow and colored it the same way I did the BG07 on the white areas of the scarf. I also added a little on the inside of the tail, closest to the body.

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For my final color, I used C1 to blend out the C3 a little so there wouldn’t be sharp lines. I also added a little in the white of his face next to the scarf. Not enough to take away from the image, just enough to add a tiny bit of shadow.

And that’s it! You can go back and add more color if you want more shadow or blend out the lighter areas if you want more highlights. The only limit is your imagination. 🙂

Here is the card I created with the fox.

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As you can see it’s not the exact same fox, but I used all the same colors in the same ways. On this fox, I decide to switch the shadowed side of the left scarf piece and I went in after and added more E09 to the fox’s body so the shadow would be more apparent.

Coloring is playing! Happy coloring!

Dawn

 

Reklamer

Juletags 🎄

Today I am sharing a collection of juletags I made with all of the sweetest characters released in the winter/jul collection.

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I stamped and colored the individual images and then fussy cut them. I used the new Lawn Fawn tag dies to die cut the tags themselves. (The dies will be available soon at Hobbykunst!)

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I colored the background lightly with Tumbled Glass Distress ink. I cut a little snow mound for the character to sit on and attached the top frame to the tag.

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I die cut the covering for the hole from red cardstock and glued it on to the card. I recommend using a very strong wet glue to adhere it as the string or ribbon will rub along it when it moves.

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I then used some foam tape to attach each character to the tags. You don’t need to use foam tape but I liked the 3D effect of it better than them lying flat on the tag.

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I added some Wink of Stella glitter pen as the shadow for the figures. Snow glitters so these cuties should too!

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Last but not least, I added some highlights to the bear with a white gel pen and more Wink of Stella to the big heart he is holding.

Christmas tags personalized for everyone!

See you tomorrow for another version of a juletag and a tutorial on how I colored a character (with step by step pictures).

Dawn 🤩

Ink swiped butterflies

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This card became real from a mistake. I’m not joking!

While stamping butterflies for another card design, I accidentally wiped some of the ink off of the stamp with my shirt. I have seen the technique of ink swiping done in YouTube videos but hadn’t wanted to try it. But since I had already stamped it, I tried to find a way to save it. And now there is a card from it. Never give up! 🙂

I used just the background stamp from the sommerfugl-plata for this. I chose 3 shades of blue for the first one and stamped first with the lightest shade. I wiped the ink pad on to the stamp rather than patting the stamp on the stamp pad. I used a very light hand so there would be streaks in the ink. For the second layer, I swiped the ink the same way but also wiped away most of the ink from the left and right side of the stamp. I matched it up and stamped on top of the lighter layer. For the third layer, I applied the ink the same way and then wiped away even more of the ink going from the left and right edges towards the center of the stamp. This gives a lighter color around the edges that blends into the darker color in the center. The opposite of this would look really great too! Just remember to let the ink dry completely before stamping the 2nd and 3rd layers.

I did the same process for all 3 butterflies, just choosing different ink colors for each. I used Distress Oxide Inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans (blue butterfly), Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon (orange butterfly), Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet (pink butterfly).

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I liked how they looked but wanted to give them a moving halo of color. I lightly brushed on the lightest color of each to one side and used a lightly wet brush to add soft lines to the halo.

I then went over the whole card lightly with Distress Ink Oxide, Antique Linen, with a makeup brush to soften the white background. I die cut the background and then stamped Tusen Takk with Versafine Onyx Black ink from the Fleksitekst-plata. I glued the top piece to a textured piece of paper that I embossed with silver embossing powder. Then I attached those panels to Neenah cardstock that was cut in half.

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I really like how this card turned out! Will you try this technique? I would really like to see it if you do! If you have any questions about this card or technique, please ask. 🙂

Hilsen,
Dawn

Meet Huldra DT member Dawn

I thought I would take the time to introduce myself since I am not well known in the Norwegian scrapping world. 🙂

Hi, I’m Dawn and I am from the US originally, Boston area. I have lived in Norway with my Norwegian husband for the last 6 years. We have a 3.5 year old son, #magnustheviking. We live in Nannestad with our 4 dogs.

First, let me explain why I will mostly blog in English. Norsk er vanskelig! haha I began to learn Norwegian when I moved here and I do speak, read and write it, but not that well. It is not so easy to learn a new language when you are over 40 years old. 😉 My husband says I think too much and I think he is right. I will still try but this is too much text for me to write in Norwegian right now.

I have made cards since 1998. I took a break for a couple of years but felt the need to be creative again when my son was born. I found Hobbykunst Norge, increased my crafting stash and created as many cards as I could. Soon I had so many that I needed to start going to markets to get the extras out of the house. 🙂

I have never seen the Norwegian style of cards with multiple layers of paper and flowers before moving here. It is beautiful and elegant and something I have no idea how to make myself! My style is Clean and Simple (CAS) using many different ink mediums. My favorites are Distress Ink and Distress Oxide ink. It is not very often that a card does not have one of them on it!

I often use Distress Ink to watercolor as well. I love the brightness of alcohol ink but don’t like the smell. 😉 I emboss as much as I can and foil occasionally. I can not draw nor can I write very nicely. I love to add bling to a card to finish it. I usually make A6 sized cards but do make A2 sized cards if using American cardstock. Neenah 110lb is my favorite cardstock for cards.

I was so honored and very surprised when I was asked to be a Huldra design team member. As soon as I got the stamps I ran home and made 14 cards! They were so easy to use, so many ideas came to me very quickly. They are well made and stamp beautifully! I am very proud to be a member of such an amazing team. 🙂

I really hope you enjoy the cards I make. If you want to know what was used for a card, feel free to ask and I will answer as quick as possible. 🙂 I hope I can meet you at a hønetreffe sometime!

Hilsen,
Dawn