Thursday, August 19, 2010

Memory Box Nutty Squirrel Card

I busted out all my Prismacolor pencils instead of my Copic markers to color this cute squirrel image from Memory Box Co.  I've been trying to practice pencil coloring while it's still fresh in my mind from taking Dave Brethauer's class last weekend.

I've had this stamp for a while now but I was stuck on how to go about coloring it the way I envisioned. But after Dave's class, I applied all the techniques I learned and I'm so pleased with how it turned out! Yippeee! I kept the layout of this card really simple because I didn't want it to distract from the main image.

In addition to the squirrel stamp, you also get what I call a little "bonus" stamp on the side of the wood block of a little acorn for coordinating with the main image. It's great for making your own background paper or to decorate the envelope with. Many of the stamps that Dave designs have a little stamp on the end. It makes you feel like you are getting a 2 for 1 deal!

I used four different colored pencils for this cutie squirrel. I started very lightly by laying down a beige color over the whole squirrel.  Then, I used a dark raspberry on the back and tail part and added a medium chestnut color over that.  For the lighter areas, I blended everything together with a yellow ochre pencil.  I really like the results!  That is how I totally wanted my squirrel to when that happens!

I really love the apron on the adorable!  You can choose to either color it in or paper piece it since it's an outline of the apron, it's very versatile!  I used some pattern paper from the Gossamer collection from Memory Box for the apron and background. I also matted the card with some shimmery green cardstock and finished off with some rich chocolate satin ribbon.

I like how this card has a nature and home-y...I'll have to make some more!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamps: Nutty Squirrel (Memory Box Co.), Hello (A Muse)
Ink: Fluid Chalk Rose Coral (Clearsnap), Adirondack Espresso (Ranger)
Paper: Gossamer pattern, Chocolate (Memory Box Co.), Shimmer Couture Lime (A Muse)
Accessories: 5/8" Chocolate satin ribbon (Ribbons and Bows Oh My!), Super Jumbo Circle and Mega Scallop Circle punches (Marvy Uchida), Clear Atyou Spica Glitter pen (.Too Corp.), Black Raspberry, Chestnut, Beige, Yellow Ochre Prismacolor Pencils (Sanford)


  1. ACK! Your coloring is amazing!!! Nice job girlfriend! That squirrel is so dang cute and your layout is super. Nice post!

  2. Love this Tina, Dave had posted in his FB page. I love how you did the separating of the card and image..

  3. Tina - This is beautiful! Great job with the Prismacolor pencils.



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