Friday, December 17, 2010

Starry Night

Hi and welcome to my blog!  I have another Christmas card today, this one uses the rubber stamp I did for Whimsy, Starry Night.  I had fun trying to make the image look like night time without getting too dark.  The shadows on the polar bear were tricky but I am happy with the result I got.   
I used some of Ann's ticket stamps from her Holiday Ticket Sentiment set.  I also used her Ticket Die to cut it out perfectly.  And my snowflake die too!  I trimmed the one on top of the bow.  I have a second one just under the bow, its hard to see in the photo. 
I coloured Starry Night with the following Copics:
Sky: B63 plus pencil crayon to smooth out the lines of demarcation.  I find when I use a medium shade of Copics, and I have a huge area to cover, I can't do it without some lines showing.  Before I added the pencil crayon to make the streaks disappear, I used the blender pen to remove dots of colour where I wanted stars.  It made a nice little round "halo" for the stars.  I also removed some streaks in long lines to show the "rays" of the stars.  Then I went over the whole sky with my pencil crayon, and avoided the areas I had used the blender pen on.  Once I was done with the pencil crayon, I dotted Copic white in all the areas where I had used the blender pen to make a pinpoint "star". 
R22 was used on the horizon and blended towards the blue with the blender pen. 
Three big stars: Y23 and white pencil crayon, and then Smooch pearlized top coat to make them shine. 
I used white pencil crayon to make more "rays" coming out from the three big stars. 
Polar Bear Fur
E50 all over the entire bear's fur area.  In the shadows I used E53, B60, 63, 66 and C4. Cheek area was done with R00, 01, and 12.  I then used Copic white to make fur-like strokes all over, avoiding the cheek and inner ear area, and also avoiding the black lines of his eyes and facial features. 
After the first coat was dry, I went over it with more E53, B63 and 66 to deepen the shadows. 
Hat and scarf: R00, 22, 24 went on first.  I wanted a pinker look, so then I went over those colours with RV00, 21, 23 and 25.  I made some deep shadows using C2 and 5, and then went over those grey shadows with the RV colours again.  
 Fur trim on hat: C5, 3, 2
Penguin: N0, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
Feet and Beak: E93, 95, 99
White feathers: E50, 53, C2
Ground and Shadow: E50, B60, 63, 66, C8, 6, B000, Blender and Copic White
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Stampin Royalty: Bring on the Bling
Gingersnap Creations: Polar Animals
Cute Card Thursday: One for the Kids
Copic Creations: Sparkle!
SCS WT 301: All That Glitters

Thanks for looking today! If you have any questions, send me an e-mail (address in my watermark and on my profile page). 


  1. love this image, can just see the friendship and joy pouring off of them. Fantastic coloring job!

  2. Wowzers this is fantastic, from the sky to the ribbon to the snowflakes............And that bear....your coloring is divine!! Wonderful creation. It was so fun to look at and play with your snowy creation this fortnight. Best of luck to you! Don't forget to tune into our next challenge on Dec's a BIG ONE!! Corry- Fussy & Fancy DT

  3. Your coloring is fantastic, I like the winter starry night and the polar bears fur. The image is so cute. Jovi

  4. This is just stunning.. Adorable image and gorgeous coloring.

  5. OMG this is gorgeous, love the stamp, it is sooo sweet and colourful xx

  6. Wow, what a beautiful card, your colouring is perfect!
    Hugs Jacqueline

  7. This card is just fabulous and the colouring on it just amazing! Thank you so much for sharing with us how you did it! The lush blue ribbon finishes the card perfectly, Crissy! I have only just bought this image becuase it seemed to go out of stock here in the UK for quite a while - not surprising bacuase it's so cute!
    Diane x

  8. So beautiful card Crissy,I love the image and the colours.
    So gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.x

  9. STUNNING! I think I'm in love. :)

    I coloured this image for a special card I'll be blogging this weekend, but yours is amazing - think I may have to sit and CASE your colouring - I want to do fur like this! Looking forward to having some time just to play and learn some new techniques over the holidays.

  10. Beautiful!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  11. Stunning card Crissy fabulous colouring in
    Anne xx

  12. OMG!!! Crissy, this card is just fabulous!!! Fantastic. And the colouring on it just amazing! Great job from the sky, ribbon, snowflakes, embossing and crackle effect. I'm following your blog.
    Thanks for playing us at DDCC.
    Hugs and merry x-mas,

  13. This is incredible Crissy!! Your colouring is simply gorgeous as always!! I love it! xx

  14. So adorable, beautifully colored and illustrated Crissy!

  15. I love your style and I posted a link to one of your youtube videos on my blog! Thanks so much for sharing.

  16. Very cute - and very creative. Thanks for playing with us this week at Stampin' Royalty.

  17. This is just adorable, look at your colors, I can just sit here for ever and admire your work. (But I have 5 hungry kids lol) Crissy enjoy the Holidays!!


  18. What a beautiful card. I think you are an awesome artist! It's a good thing that the challenges have random generator to select some of the winners, or the rest of us wouldn't have a chance. I've learned much from your tutorials on YouTube also. Hugs, dj (Debra)