Hi everyone! Today I have a very special card to share. When I saw Little Miss Muffet Stamps Facebook Group offering an adorable custom train to celebrate their birthday, I couldn't resist as I had a birthday boy just around the corner. I emailed right away and this is the train I was given. Just in time to create a card for my son's 5th birthday! I also used their current sketch challenge as the basis for my card design!
I started by printing my train on Copic Xpress It Blending Card using my laser printer. I know a lot of people wonder what printers are best for coloring digital images with Copics (or any alcohol based markers) and I invested in my Brother Laser Printer a couple years ago for many reasons, printing digital stamps one of them, I admit! I've also been able to watercolor digital images with no bleeding whatsoever so I highly recommend them. After that, I went to town coloring the train with my Copic markers to match this older Echo Park collection of This and That papers I had been hoarding. I love Echo Park's boy collections - they always have the perfect colors and patterns. In the end, I decided to fussy cut my train out so more of the papers could peek through.
I have to admit, this image intimidated me at first. I printed it at about a width of 5" so it would fill a card front nicely. I normally create A2 cards (4.25"x5.5") but decided to go with a 5.5"x5.5" for the LMMS Sketch Challenge. To get over my intimidation, I started with coloring the 5 with the BG's to match the papers (blue is his favorite color) so that was easy to start with. Then I decided to color all the parts of the train that I thought would be metal with my W's (the lighter combo's) - we had just visited a train museum over the weekend so I had a lot of inspiration to pull from! Then I matched the yellows and greens with the papers and colored each train car one of those colors. After that, I was feeling pretty good so I did all the black pieces of the train with my W's (the darker combo) and kept the stripes neutral by coloring a woodgrain look. Phew! After that, I wanted to give the windows a glassy look so I used my clear Wink Of Stella then covered that with Glossy Accents. I also outlined the 5 with a black Wink of Stella and used my Imagine Crafts irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Tuxedo Black to accent all the rivets.
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Little Miss Muffet Stamps - Linking Train Digital Stamp
Echo Park - This and That (retired)
Copic Xpress It Blending Card
Scotch Advanced Glider Tape Glider
Wink of Stella Clear & Black
Imagine Crafts irRESISTible Pico Embllisher - Tuxedo Black