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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Nicolas is NINE...

 Black and White and Red... hopefully macho enough colors to over-ride the "cutesy" bug for a 9 year old! I did put the gentleman-bug on a "Wobble" that makes him shake back and forth when tweaked... certain Nicolas will like that!  You can see that better in the close-up below.
I printed out the "numbers" background, colored in the 9 to match the bug, added twine, layered and done!

TOP TIP: Repairing Copic Reds that have bled outside the lines:
Because Copic Reds bleed so easily - (1) I tend to color the reds first - that way if it bleeds beyond repair, I can always start over & won't have wasted the other coloring time. (2) Color inside the lines leaving a margin until you get a sense of how much the reds will bleed outward.  You can always go back and do a light, thin line of color to fill in the margin.  My attempts at rescuing mistakes include: (3) Wait till the red dries, two to three attempts only with the blender pen to push the red back to the line, then again wait till it dries before you repeat the steps.  This is backward from a blending technique, where you want the colors to move into each other.  If you wet the paper too much with the blender pen, the reds will flow into the wet area, extending the "bleed".  (4) If all else fails, I will "fussy cut" the image to get rid of bleeds. (See ladybug above - LOL!)  And of course, the ultimate solution - see number (1) above!

This card should be eligible for the following
Top Tip Tues Challenge #87 - Things with Wings (ladybug) TIP
Sentimental Sunday #124 - black and White and one color (red!)
PaperPlay #41 - Simply Cute
Crafty Ribbon - Children's Birthday
2 Sisters#113 - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - Z is for Zoo (Ladybugs are featured in the zoo at the Flea Circus!)
Digi Tuesday #182 - Warm and Fuzzy

IMAGES:  The focal image is a Free Printable; background is "Pick a Number" by Can You Digi It
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images; base CS is Georgia Pacific
EMBELLISHMENTS: Wobbles & twine from stash.
INKS: "Barn Door" Distress Inks were used to create the faux, red frame; the image was printed on a Canon PIXMA printer & colored with Copics:

May you color with abandon, create wildly
and always, always, make what amuses you!


  1. Fantastic! I love love love the ladybug, colour combo and design. Thank you for the top tips too! Thank you for joining us at 2 sisters this week. Good luck. Hugs, Jill x

  2. this is so cute - fantastic card
    Many thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays this week
    Doreen xx

  3. Fabulous card Ginny :-) the image and colours are perfect :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Crafty Ribbons Challenge :-)
    Lols x x x

  4. A very cute bug and I loved the tutorial. Thanks for joining us at ABC CHALLENGE. Good luck and I hope we see more of your lovely work in our next challenge!!

  5. Fun card! Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays!

  6. So beautiful card. Pretty design. I like the softness of colors and that image is so cute. Also love the CAS style design like Clear Cards. Thanks for sharing.

  7. fab card thanks for sharing with us at 2 sisters this week good luck with the challenge Tracy x

  8. Love your fussy cut lady bug and super tip. Always best to know the best techniques before starting and avoid having to start over. Great ideas and thank you so much for sharing them. :)

    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday!
    Remember you can enter up to 3 projects and 3 tips.
    Have a great one!
    Lisa xx


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