21 January 2017

Cool Friend

Four years ago I moved to Canada, specifically to the Vancouver area of British Columbia. It was long a joke in California, where I lived before, that Canadians are hockey obsessed. It's not a joke, it's true *laugh* For many it's an every day of the week thing.



Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Saturday challenge: Square cards
Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Chill Out
The Paper Shelter: Shades of Blue
The Crafter's Cafe: Photo Inspiration (animal, fur colour, cold/winter)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge: Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes
Creative Moments: Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door: Anything Goes

Putting It Together

The colours of my squirrel's jersey and toque are for the home team, Vancouver Canucks. Go 'Nuks!

I was working pretty late night (or early morning, depending on how you look at the clock *laugh*) so didn't take many pictures as I worked.

To colour images, I use Distress Ink with water brushes. I take notes on the colours I use. I start with a light base colour, then add shadow colours, then a blending colour, then more shadow, then water to lift colour, then more blending with either base or mid colour or even a different colour, then more shadowing or detail, then... basically lots of layering in the colouring. I love the lovely colours of Distress Ink and think waterbrushes are the best thing since sliced bread.

I used white gel pen to add the white accents and Glossy Accents to subtly highlight the puck and stick. 

I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs stitched squares die and a light treatment of Tumbled Glass for ice to finish the panel.

My hockey squirrel fits the Crafter's Cafe photo inspiration pretty well *laugh*

I matted both the image panel and the patterned paper with Stampin' Up Not Quite Navy. The image panel is elevated from the back with foam mounting tape.

I used scrap from the front panel to add some of the patterned paper to the inside and stamped the sentiment with Faded Jeans. You're a cool friend every day!


  1. What a fun card - love the cute image and the beautiful coordination of the blues. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  2. This is such a pretty card, love the background, and this hockey player is the cutest. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  3. Sooo pretty!!! A wonderful creation..Love the design and the colours
    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    HUGS Cicci,
    ciccividpennan {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  4. Love your card and thanks for joining The Paper Shelter.
    Greetings, Marianne

  5. I love the clean design of this and the words in the background. Really great card and one of my favorite KKS stamp sets. Thanks so much for playing along with our square card challenge this week at Kraftin' Kimmie Challenges.


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