Monday, February 21, 2011

So Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away

One of my newest discoveries is Tiddly Inks digi stamps (and their great blogs); I've been eying their work for a while now on cards around the craftosphere, but I could never find where the images were from. So once I discovered them, I bought four sets of stamps! I simply couldn't pass up their adorable doggy-balloon set, because it reminds me of my own dogs, Allen and Walt (left to right in this photo).

Then I decided that I wanted to use the image for this week's Tiddly Inks Challenge, and since their theme is Monochromatic, I found myself using a palette of black and white / gray and silver, to match my puppies. I just couldn't help myself! I'm not sure if it meets the challenge exactly, but I'm totally tickled with the result!

I started by pulling out my three gray copic markers for the Walt/black dog and the balloons. I used the blender to remove a shine mark on the balloons; I need a lot more practice, but they came out okay. I decided that silver was just like gray, so I added glitter with gel pens to make the balloons more fun. I went ahead and cheated just a little bit more on the color theme by blending in a bit of pink to the dogs' noses.

For the Allen/white dog, I simply used a Marvy snow pen; I painted on two thick layers before puffing it up with my heat tool. (There's no way my 35lb Allen could get airborne, but he is this adorable!)

I was very excited to have an excuse to use some of my Black Magic Core'dinations cardstock, but the project almost ended tragically when I realized I didn't have a good emery board to use for sanding...But then I discovered a "Shape the Oval Office" emery board in my makeup bag. Can you believe it's been waiting for this moment since 2004‽​ At least I got something good out of that election...

I simply couldn't pass up the opportunity to use the Party Balloons font I had downloaded ages ago. I printed the wordart on Recollections silver paper, added some detail with silver and glitter gel pens, and tied a strip of black-glitter ribbon to the balloon shape. I broke out my SCAL software to create the frame (using "basic borders.svg", an online freebie set, but I can't find the link now...) and the clouds. I may have obsessed a bit about the clouds...I finally ended up using the Talk Bubble 7 shape that comes in SCAL2 because it gave me three shapes. I cut the clouds onto a linen-textured white paper, and then created a shadow layer in silver.

For the background paper, I stamped a curly design in silver onto white cardstock, and heat-embossed it in white. Like little, silver-lined clouds....

Have a great day everybody!

Digi stamp set: Whaz'Up....or Down? by Tiddly Inks
Font: Party Balloons by pizzadude

Sketch: Card Positioning Systems #206
Color/Theme: Tiddly Inks Challenge #38: Monochromatic

Supplies: DCWV, Core'dinations, Hammermill, and Recollections cardstocks, emery board, HP printer & ink, Adobe InDesign, Cricut & SCAL, ColorBox silver ink, silicon stamp by the Paper Studio, Stampendous! white embossing powder, Marvy snow paint pen and heat tool, Offray ribbon
Copic Ciao markers: E04, RV21, C-1, 0, C-5, E50, C-7

Blog title from the Paul Simon song


  1. Fabulous card! I am so glad you found Tiddly Inks! I love all the shades of black, grey and silver. The frame on your card is so lovely. Thanks for joining us at Tiddly Inks and I hope to see you again next week. :)


  2. awww tats so cute! i love how you coloured them to match your own fur babies!! thank you so much for coming to play with the tiddly inkers this week hugs Lou xxxx

  3. Too cute! Glad you found us and could join us this week at Tiddly Inks!

  4. Oh this is fantastic!!! So glad that you decided to join us this week - and you chose a perfect image to start!!! Love it and those cute puppies of yours are represented so well in this adorable card!!! Great job! Thanks for joining us at Tiddly Inks this week and I hope to see more of your gorgeous creations!

  5. Aw, this is so cute! I love the doggies up floating in the clouds! Adorable! Glad you found us and thanks for joining us at the Tiddly Inks challenge this week!

  6. Thaose floating pups are too cute and I love how you have incorporated them into your card. Love the shine and the monochromatic finish! Thanks for joining us at Tiddly inks this week!

  7. Too cute! Your pups are adorable and this digi just fits them perfectly :)

    Thanks for joining us at Tiddly Inks!

  8. This is ADORABLE!!! I love your puppies, your design as well as the story about the "Shape The Oval Office" emery board!! LOL!

    Thanks so much for joining us this week at TI!! We do hope to see you next week!!

    Crafty Hugs!

  9. As cute as can BE! It's like these images were made for you. ADORABLE! Thanks for joining the Tiddly Inkers this week! xxD

  10. cute ,so unique,,, I love the silver colors,,,,,and the stamp is adorable,,,,,hurra for your puppies..........


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