Tuesday, 26 February 2013

A New Bunny on the Beat

So February has brought a new challenge over at the SBS Fan Page, this time a non-traditional Easter colours challenge with the choice of either a male or female image to colour.  I decided to go male as I don’t colour them often, not that I don’t own a whole array of awesome male images from Betty and other talented artists but I just don’t colour them often.  So here he is, Bunny Ears Scott.

Copic colours used:
Skin E000, E00, E02, E11
Eyes E33, E35, E37
Hair 21, E23, E27, E29
Ears and pants B93, B95, B97
Top C-1, C-3, C-5
Shoes C3, C-5, C-7, 100
Eggs B32, G03, R24, Y13
Various Spica pens to highlight eggs, belt and chains

I decided I wanted to do something different to a card so mounted him on a box to be used for treats for Easter.  I got the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit from CTMH, which gave me the idea, but I wanted a larger box than came with the kit to accommodate my image.  So I used the boxes from the kit as a guide and made my own from a piece of black cardstock.  I stamped the box with the Papermania Chronology Cogs stamp using embossing ink and added Blue Patina Perfect Pearls to give a subtle background that fitted the denim-like colour of Scott’s pants.

I fussy cut my image and adhered him to the front of my box using 3D Zots.  I made up the sentiment, the image really inspired it as poor Scott really does look a bit perplexed as to why he’s got bunny ears on and is carrying a basket full of Easter eggs, it’s this quirky humour that Betty’s images inspires that makes them so fun to work with!

The speech bubble is from the Batman cart, cut on my trusty Cricut from white cardstock and then inked with Soot Distress ink.  I used the same stamp but this time Pewter Perfect Pearls for the background but it’s a bit hard to tell there are cog shapes although I like the pewter background.  I printed the sentiment on a label and stuck it to the speech bubble, I wanted to trace it on and use white ink so you could see the background rather than a flat black background but I couldn’t see my tracing so had to use the label instead.  A piece of foam tape gave some height to the speech bubble but kept it a bit closer to the box than my image.  To finish off the front I added a section of Jolee’s Steampunk Cogs border, I just removed the bottom layer of foam tape as it stuck a bit too far off the box and I also added some cogs from Jolee’s Steampunk Butterflies stickers for added interest and some orange jewels to tie in with the colour scheme on the side of the box.

For the sides I embossed some blue and orange cardstock using the Papermania Chronology Cogs and Clocks embossing folders.  I used Encore Bronze ink on the orange cardstock and Silver ink on the blue cardstock before adding clear embossing powder and attacking with my heat gun.  I turned the heat right up this time and heated for longer and so got far more of a metallic look to the embossing than when I used this technique on my Steampunk card.  With my Easter 2010 cart I cut some egg shapes in different sizes that I used for templates for my eggs, I traced round these and then hand cut as I couldn’t put the embossed paper through my Cricut.  I then snipped notches around the edges to make my eggs look like cogs to add to the Steampunk feel.  I adhered the eggs using Olba glue at varying heights off the box for added dimension and finished each side with more of the Jolee’s Steampunk Cogs border, only this time I didn’t add any cog stickers.

Finally for the back I just used a strip of the Cogs border.  I’ve ordered some larger longer tubes to use in my larger boxes but they haven’t arrived yet.  I also haven’t bought any Easter eggs yet, it’s still hot here so they’ll melt (or I’ll eat them) before Easter arrives so for my photo I’ve used two of the CTMH tubes stacked on top of each other.  And, yes, they are beads inside.  I’m thinking now I might actually use beads on the one I send to a crafty friend as the chocolate may just melt.

I am really pleased with how this all turned out, I think this is a real adult’s Easter treat and it was a lot of fun to make.

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts :-)

1 comment:

  1. How cute and original.... Your coloring is superb ! We don't get to see many cards that have a more masculine flair to them...thanks for sharing !


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