Hope Your Day is Magical

A couple years ago I was invited to the Splitcoast Dirty Dozen. Part of the requirements is that you don’t post your DD creations on your blog (at least until 6 months after your 6-month term). When that time came around I wasn’t feeling like I should post them (my own hang-ups about the quality). Now another year later some of the cards are still my favorites and I want to post them (though I’m sure they will all get posted).

Here is the first one:

Magical Day | by karen @ carefree creations

While I’m not overly in love with the coloring of the wizard, the background and sentiment still make me very happy!

Here are the notes I kept from when I first posted the card on Splitcoast:

This was my first attempt at no-line coloring. I made that task harder by choosing an image that was both outline and solid! I have always loved the cards I’ve seen with this technique, but my coloring skills are fairly basic (for instance, if there is a light source for this wizard, I haven’t a clue where it is!). Still, the wizard turned out better than I could have hoped! It took 4 attempts to get a background I loved as much, but boy am I giddy with happiness over this card!

To do the sentiment, I used a paint brush and some masking fluid (I don’t have one of those nifty masking pens – yet). I printed out my sentiment, placed it and my watercolor paper on a light table, lightly traced the letters in pencil, then traced with the masking fluid. After applying the distress inks and allowing them to dry, I rubbed off the masking and erased the pencil.

Each DD month has a theme. If you are a member of the Fan Club, you can view more details about this card and its relation to the challenere here.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Hope Your Day is Magical
Stamps: Fairytale (Starving Artistamps);
Ink: Dusty Concord and Faded Jeans Distress Inks (Ranger);
Paper: Watercolor paper (Ranger); White (GinaK);
Other: markers (Copic); Mister Giggles font (2Peas); masking fluid (Grumbacher); Shine color mist (Mister Huey’s);