Thursday, 5 December 2013

Little monster

I needed a light and flat card (it needs to go trans-Atlantic) for a young man celebrating his seventh birthday. None of the kids I send cards to are really little monsters but he probaby comes closest!

He's certainly not the tidiest of children so what started out as a very clean and crisp design (just the lettering and the monster) looked a bit too tidy somehow. Once I'd added the splotches it seemed much more "in character". Being able to stamp them gave me a sense of still being in control though!

Stamping individual letters might seem a bit of a pain but I like the bigger format for the sentiment and the fact you could do any wording you liked. I gave mine a sort of "ombre" shading to go with the funky lettering style and deliberately didn't try to stamp on a straight base line.

I used Glossy Accents to give the eyes some sheen and dimension and rounded one corner for a casual feel. The inside of the front is lined with plain paper to hide the bleed-through of the Copics that's pretty much inevitable when you add shading as it tends to soak the cardstock.

Monsters Ink by Technique Tuesday
Brush Strokes by Hero Arts
Journal Letters by Hero Arts

Paper: Smooth white

Brilliance Graphite Black by Tsukineko
Adirondack Sunset Orange by Ranger

Copic markers
Corner Chomper
Glossy Accents

Thanks for stopping by!


Kath said...

A good fun birthday card. I am sure he will love it!

sam21ski said...

Love your orange splats

Sam xxx

Paula Whittaker said...

A fabulously fun card

Effie said...

That's one bright funky monster!

Anonymous said...

Great card, very fun and funky!

gardenpinks said...

A perfect card for a little boy - love the splats too!
Lynn x

Kaz said...

This is such a fun card Joanne. Perfect for a boy xx

Manuela said...

this card is so funny, great colors, love it