Saturday, November 28, 2009

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #8: Touchy Feely

KK porcupines front

I've got the fun job of hosting this week's challenge, and I chose the theme, "Touchy Feely", meaning, I want you to add a lot of texture to your cards. Whatever gives your paper an added texture, like embossing, flower soft, sanding, fuzzy fibres, whatever you like to do, it's up to you!
This is a sneak peek at one of four new images illustrated by Yours Truly that will be available at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps starting tomorrow. Annie also has some new illustrations, and, Kim is introducing a new artist this month too! Check out all the Krafty Girls blogs to see the sneaks today (link on my sidebar) If you want to join in on the blog hop and have a chance at some yummy blog candy prizes, that's starts tomorrow too; that's Sunday Nov. 29. I won't be able to join in on the fun, unfortunately. We have a family emergency to deal with so I had to bow out. But be sure to start the hop at the Kraftin' Kimmie blog so you won't miss out!
For my porcupines "Bonnie and Clyde", who are awkwardly trying to kiss (tee-hee!) I added a variety of textures, like:

embossing with a Cuttlebug folder
flower soft on the grass
distressed edges
distressed paper - for the heart, I crumpled it to create wrinkles
embroidery thread
velvet ribbon
metal brads

I water colored Bonnie and Clyde using Twinkling H20's. After applying a thin wash of brown over their quills, I added some more quills using the same shade of paint, but much more thickly applied. You have to have a lot of paint on the brush and not much water. Plus you need a good water color brush that will come to a very fine point, making thin strokes like this possible. You don't need to spend a lot though; I get mine at the dollar store! They work good on grass and fur too.

I tried to apply the extra quills while the first layer of paint was still damp so that the lines would look softer. If you look at Bonnie, you can see that this worked out well, because the quill lines did fuzz up nicely. But by the time I got to Clyde, he had dried. (that rhymes). So the quill lines look more defined, without the softness. I probably should have dampened him up a bit first with a clean damp brush. Oh well, next time.

KK porcupines close

Thanks for stopping by, bless you!


  1. oh i just love this! i love the distressing that you've done and i just love "bonnie & clyde". hubby's name is clyde and he's always introducing us as bonnie & clyde. i then have to tell everyone my name is stephanie. once i forgot and when i saw them again they called me bonnie!!! then thought i was rude - go figure!

    anyway, i love the card.


  2. Love your card Crissy! That image is just adorable!! I hope everything is okay. Keeping you in my thoughts. xx

  3. What a gorgeous creation, Crissy! Your colouring just brings Bonnie and Clyde to life! And I just love all the textures on your design!!

  4. Very nice Crissy! What a rustic looking card!


  5. Crisssy, this is adorable! I love the white on the embossing and your beautiful coloring, of course!

  6. What a beautiful card Crissy,i love the image and papers.

    Hugs Riet.x

  7. Hello, I come from Germany and have come by Youtube on your side. This Card looks great. And your videos are first-class.

    Nice greetings

  8. Crissy, these lil guys are adorable, sweeeet card!

  9. Gorgeous card love the cute hedgies lol. luv gina xx

  10. Boy, have you been busy! This is just cute!

  11. So cute! Love how you colored their spines and all the great texture!

  12. Crissy, this is gorgeous. Loving the cute image which you have coloured beautifully. Great textures and distressing too.

  13. This is gorgeous Crissy!! Love how you colored the hedgies. Beautiful work as always!

  14. So cute! I also have something for you here!


  15. How sweet are these 2 cuties, i love the grass too, amazing creation and a super sweet image, big hugs pops x x