July 3, 2020

Cherry on Top * MFT Countdown (4)

Hello and welcome to the second day of our MFT July Release Countdown. Only four more days until the release. 

I was in the mood for some watercoloring and the Cherry on Top stamp was just perfect to go with a watercolored cupcake. 

First, I stamped the cherry in light gray (Grout Gray) dye ink. It is super light and almost invisible after coloring but it still works well as a guideline. After stamping the cherry, I drew the cupcake with a pencil. I made sure I kept the lines super light and I even removed most of the lines with an eraser. I used one of those that look and feel like modeling clay. I wanted my pencil lines to be super light, so they wouldn't show. If you paint watercolor over pencil lines, they get "trapped" and you can't erase them later. 

Drawing a cupcake by hand might first seem a bit challenging, but if you look closely, it's built of rather simple shapes. I drew four sausage shaped "cushions" unter the cherry, three for the frosting, one for the cake. Unter the cake part follows the paper wrapping. It's almost a rectangle shape. It's a bit hard to explain the drawing part with words (when you're native language isn't English), so I recommend watching a tutorial on YouTube on how to paint a watercolor cupcake

After drawing the cupcake, I played with my watercolors. I made sure to keep the colors quite light so that the sentiment wouldn't get lost. I painted every part separately to make sure the lines would stay clean and not bleed into the next one. I started with a light brown wash for the cake part. I added a bit of shading and let it dry. Next, I colored the frosting. I did again a light wash, added a bit of shading and let it dry. I did the same with the paper wrapping and the cherry. After everything was dry, I added some more shadows. I drew some stripes to the paper with a small brush and added darker colors to the cherry. 

If you feel like watercolors aren't your thing, you could easily make this with alcohol markers or colored pencils. Just make sure you don't use dark colors. After the coloring was done, I stamped the sentiment with black ink and did some heat embossing using clear embossing powder. This gives the sentiment a cool and shiny look as well as some dimension. I added a bit of Distress Ink blending on the edges to make it look more vintage. The last part was die cutting a stitched rectangle and glueing the panel to my card base.

I hope you got inspired. Hop over to the MFT Blog to see more new goodies that will be available soon!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a happy day,

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July 2, 2020

Very Happy Birthday * MFT Countdown (5)

Hello and welcome to the first day of our MFT July Release Countdown. Only five more days until the release. 

If you liked the Picture Perfect and Christmas Selfies stamp sets, you will probably love the newest creation by Birdie Brown called Picture Perfect Party Animals. I adore these fun images so much!

This card is made with a bit of lazy masking and a bunch of coloring, not much more. So let's dive into it. I started by stamping the picture with the elephant in the middle. Then, I masked it off using a Post-it and stamped the three other pictures the same way. As they are all square stamps, it was super easy to do some masking. 

Next, I did the coloring. I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers for this step. I started by coloring the animals. To keep the card from getting too busy, I kept using the same colors if possible. For example, the lions body, the monkeys face and the giraffes head are all colored using the same color family. I also picked only three colors for the party accessories. I feel like this gives the card color-wise a bit of calmness as there is already a lot going on on the images themselves. 

To make the pictures look like photos lying on top of each other, I drew light gray lines around them to add some simple shadow. I also felt, that the white background was a bit boring, so I drew some more lines using a ruler and a light grey marker. 

To add the sentiment, I stamped the greeting on heavyweight vellum and did some heat embossing with white embossing powder. I die cut the sentiment and adhered to the panel with some small staples. I liked the look of the staples so much, that I added some more to the images as a fun finishing touch.

I hope you got inspired. If you want to see more, just hop over to the MFT Blog. We have lots of inspiration and peaks at upcoming products for you.

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day,

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