Sweet Little Boy

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Sweet Little Boy PDF


Shopping List 

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads:

 Fired Brick: DPFIREDRED, Broken China : DPBRKNCHINA,Tumbled Glass: DPTUMBLED & Peeled Paint: DPPEELEDPAINT

 Adirondack Pens: Bullet Nib Pens – Various Colours.

U-Mount Fairy A5 Stamp Plate Set: UMFAIRY1

U-Mount Repositioning Mounting Cushion: UMREPOST

Acrylic Block: 6″ X 4″ : BLOCK3

 Spellbinder Large Label Die: WIZS4-168

Archival Jet Black Ink Pad: ARCHBLK

 Cosmic Shimmer Spray Bottle: CSSPRAYBT

 18” x 24” Protect-It-Mat: PROTECT-IT

 Double Sided Tape : Tape2s

 Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

White Thick Card 220gsm:P/N 40001

 Buttons & Ribbon.


Step by Step Instructions

1  Stamp the little boy image onto the white thick card stock using the archival ink. Allow to dry.


Make a pallet of your chosen Adirondack colours by scribbling the pens onto a white dish or tile. With this technique you will be able to see the true colours and be able to use the palette for mixing the colour shades needed.


Start to use the colours by adding water to a paint brush and use them like watercolours, brush a small amount of clear water over the image to help when laying down the colours. Now build up the image by using different tones of the each colour to add shading to the piece.


Use the stamp index sheet to help when choosing the colours needed.


Build the design until you are happy with the piece and allow to dry.


To give a rough torn edge to the topper, tear around the image from the top side of the paper towards you.


Distress the torn edges using the cut`n`dry foam with the tumbled glass ink.


Place a piece of white card under the protect-it-mat. This will allow the true colours of the inks to be seen making it easier to make the backing paper.


Stamp the ink pad directly onto the protect-it-mat. To make the harlequin pattern do not overlap the ink pads and keep the colours to a pattern.


10 Spritz the inks with water to start to loosen the inks.


11 Press the card straight over the ink and press firmly, do not move the card or you will lose the pattern.


12 The colours will blend nicely and give a nice backing paper to co-ordinate with the colour scheme. Repeat this ink pad process but just use the broken china ink this time to make another inked backing sheet.


13 Fold an A3 piece of card in half then trim to size to make a large square base card. Mat the blue inked card onto the card leaving a small border. Tear the harlequin paper to size and mat onto the distressed fancy pants paper. Attach this piece to the card using foam pads for added depth.


14  Take 3 buttons and tie some ribbon through the holes and add to the card. Stamp & emboss the sentiment, then cut & emboss the sentiment using the label die. Now add the little boy topper to the card to finish the design.


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4 Responses to Sweet Little Boy

  1. Jan Connor says:

    Thank you Suzanne, great step by step xx Jan

  2. AliceH says:

    Oh Suzanne he is so cute and your paper colouring technique is one I just must try. Thank you once again for a great tutorial!

  3. Karen Bourke says:

    Absolutely great tutorial – many thanks Suzanne.

  4. catwithoneear says:

    This is a lovely card. I like the way you have created the background papers

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