I have created a card using a gorgeous image from La La Land Crafts called Mad Hatter Luka (who is obviously designed with Alice In Wonderland in mind).
The version of Mad Hatter Luka I have used today is a Digital Stamp available on the La La Land Crafts website, he is also available in a rubber stamp version, which are all made in a thick red rubber and all come with matching sentiments.
I normally print my digital stamps at approximately 9cm sometimes 9.5.. depending on the project I have in mind.
I have coloured the image up using Copic Markers, which are an alcohol based blending marker. This is usually my chosen medium as I have nearly the whole set. They are a great medium as everyone gets different results depending on how much of each colour you lay down.
I generally start by colouring the skin tone so that I do not accidentally pick up any of the darker colours and blend them into the skin. I then work on the hair colour, sometimes this is where I may add a little more highlight into the skin tone once I see a little clearer where my shadows will lie around the hair.
I then start colouring all the clothing and go from there. If I know I will be colouring a few sections in the same colours I will do each of those items at once so I don’t need to switch between colours.
Another little thing I do when colouring is I keep rubbing alcohol in a little medicine cup and some cotton buds on my desk and I always clean my markers up as I go so they don’t become “sticky”.. this is where the marker tip becomes shiny and the ink you are laying down starts to look sticky.. this can ruin your marker or at the least the tip of your marker. There is also nothing worse then having to sit down and spend hours cleaning your markers. This is also another great thing about Copic Markers.. they are all refillable with Copic Ink.
Once all the colouring of the image is done I start to work out what kind of layout I am wanting to design for my card.. this time around I knew I was making a 21st card for a young lady so wanted to try and make it a little girly without losing the Alice In Wonderland feel to it.
I decided I wanted to fussy cut the image out so that he stood out from the card a little more. Fussy Cutting means to cut close to the edge of an item.. whether it be with a couple of millimetre border or right on the image. When fussy cutting an image it always best to try and use a pair of fine tip scissors and to move your image with the scissors rather than moving the scissors.. this allows a smoother cut. I cut Fiskars Spring scissors I believe they are called, but you can also try embroidery scissors or something like that.
If cutting right on the black line of the image I always grab a brush tip black marker (I used the Copic BM marker), doesn’t really matter if it isn’t Copic friendly as you won’t be laying any more Copic ink down anyway. I hold the image in my left hand (I am right handed) and from the back of the image I run the marker around the edge.. this will help cover up anywhere u have not cut out perfectly but also gives a nice finish to the image.
Next I start looking for some nice papers to match the idea that I had in mind. I decided to try and stick to the purples and greens of Mad Hatter Luka. I found these papers in my stash leftover from another project, unsure of the brand unfortunately but that’s one of the great things about crafting.. using all the left over bits and bobs from other projects.
I purchased a few years ago a bulk lot of Twiddleybitz Card Bases so I do not need to make one from scratch, but that is easy enough to do, you just cut to the size you would like and score down the middle to create a card base. My card bases are a 13x13cm square – this is what I prefer to use but you can use whatever makes you comfortable.
I cut a 12.5cm layer from an American Crafts Cardstock in Purple and another in green at 12cm and layered them onto the card base using my Scotch ATG.
I then cut once piece from the patterned paper at 11.5cm square, I also found another strip from another project in cupcakes theme and popped that down the left hand side. I then wrapped some crochet twine around all of those layers.
Once those were all attached I grabbed a doily (I believe this is Kaisercraft brand) and attached that using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive. These doilies are very fine and brittle which is why I prefer to use a liquid adhesive rather than a tape runner.. I have learnt my lesson many times before where I have torn the doilies as I am applying the tape.
I attached Mad Hatter luka also using the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive where the twine would be sitting and I used Scotch Foam Tape on either side of the twine to give him a little more layering. I had some punches in my draw (un named) and punched the scallop circle from the Purple Cardstock used above and a round circle from another punch using the green cardstock. I then found some gold glitter cardstock and cut the 21 using some dies from my stash. I attached all of these using Tombow Mono Multi as they were small pieces just made it a little easier.
Once all the layers were complete I needed to add the sentiment “It’s Always Tea Time” which comes with both the Digital and The Rubber version of this stamp set. I cut it out using a Sentiment Strip die from Lawn Fawn Stamps. I carefully slid him underneath Mad Hatter Luka before he dried using more of the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive.
I always finish off the insides of my cards with matching layering and a white rectangle for the message inside. This is just a little extra touch I do myself.
My card is now complete.. I pop a label on the back to say that I made it, grab an envelope (which came with my bulk order) and pop them both into a cello bag ready to send on.