24 September 2018

Autumn Puppy - coloured pencil, die cutting, embossing

Woof! Autumn is here and this little puppy couldn't be happier. My card features an Aurora Wings digital stamp with coloured pencil, embossing with Distress Oxides, and die cuts. Hope it's a Fall of sweet surprises for you!

Putting It Together

I like trying different mediums or even just different supplies of a medium I already know. I don't claim to be an expert in any of the mediums or even a "master", but I do feel I have learned enough to be able to branch out a bit and try other supplies.

My sis-in-law and family gifted me these pencils several months ago while I was working on learning pencil technique with Prismacolour. I decided it was high time I gave them some use.

If you want to read my opinion on how these pencils performed and see another sample of my colouring with them, check out my blog post on Big Fish.

I added some additional details using a Gelly Roll metallic pen on the eyelets and white dots with a Posca paint pen. I am really liking the Posca paint pen. I can get tiny vibrant dots with a tap. I also found a die to fit the little guy.

For the background, I started with a panel of slightly reddish yellow and embossed it with houndstooth.

I then used Clarity brushes and Distress Oxides, Vintage Photo and Aged Mohagony, to tone it down and accent the embossing.

I decided to use a blender to add even more accent, so I needed to get the matching blender sponge. I've tried the velcro on a sheet of paper used by others, but it doesn't work for me. It's too awkward in my space. So, I decided to try small baggies on a ring. Each one has a small bit of cardstock with a swipe and the name of the ink. It's a little messy getting them in and out, but what's a bit of ink on your hands? It works great for me, I have room for the rest of inks I don't have yet, too. I think it's rather pretty, too.

I lightly went over the panel with Aged Mohagony on a blender to colour just the raised pattern.

And, voila! My background was done.

I die cut the oval and a matte for the puppy before I did a dry fit with the ribbon and dies I was considering using.

I had decided to use the mirror of the sketch from Feeling Sketchy's current challenge as my layout.

I die cut the leaves from patterned paper scrap. I think this is long retired Stampin' Up paper. To give the leaves a bit of dimension, I used a ball stylus to shape them.

Instead of using the matte, I decided to rub the edges of the puppy panel with the Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.

Using the pad directly to the edges you can get a very thin colour around the panel. I did smudge a little but like the slightly distressed look of it.

I did another dry fit when I changed my mind on the front sentiment. I die cut the hello from a gold glitzy cardstock.

When I saw the 'hello' was going to work, I die cut some brown hellos to stack.

I used the Xyron to add adhesive to all of them with ease.

I used the tip of my bone folder to rub around the edges and minimise the adhesive stringers.

I kept the base die cut on the release paper as I stacked the others on top. Using brown under the glitzy word keeps with the colour scheme and has a softer shadow effect when not seeing the word from the top.

After putting all the elements on a kraft card base, I added three brown gems to complete the card.

Inside, I stamped a sentiment from Unity Stamps.



Outlawz Tuesday Colour: Picture Inspiration
Feeling Sketchy: Sketch #201
Watercooler Wednesday: Masculine
Ching-Chou Kuik: The Colours of Fall
Crafter's Cafe: Autumn
Crafty Friends: Autumn Colours


  1. Rijacki, I love this card ... the highlighting you did on the embossed background really adds to the overall card. Adorable image and coloring! Thanks for sharing!
    (Hugs) Cara
    My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}

  2. Oh my goodness, Kate, could there be anything more cute or sweet than this darling card? Love the puppy in the show. Love the wonderful embossing and colouring. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  3. Super cute card for our challenge at Crafty Friends. Xxxx

  4. Aw so sweet, Rijacki! Thank you for sharing with us at Ching Chou Kuik Challenge! Just want you to know that we will be having a special anniversary celebration in October! Hope to see you there!

  5. Hello… Thanks for joining our ‘Autumn Colours’ challenge with your lovely card…
    Diane Louise
    [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  6. Lovely card. Thank you for joining the challenge at Feeling Sketchy. Hope to see you again next time.

  7. You made such a beautiful card. I like the way have you used our sketch :-)) Thanks for playing with us at Feeling Sketchy.

  8. Lovely card. What a cute little puppy. Thanks for playing along with us at Feeling Sketchy.

  9. What a great card! Nice to know how you did it. I love your interpretation of our sketch! Thanks for sharing your work with Feeling Sketchy. I hope you'll be inspired by our next sketch too!
    Maja DT at Feeling Sketchy You can visit my blog: Rilcek in Kljuncek


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