Saturday, November 3, 2012

Creating Backgrounds...A Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge!

Hi folks! It's time for another challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. This week, I'm playing hostess and my challenge is "Creating Backgrounds"! Now, don't run off scared! lol  You don't have to draw in a background...although, you can if you like. :)  Your background can be any technique you would like to use. Perhaps you may be in the mood to use inks and sponges. For those of you who have an airbush system, feel free to use that! You could reach for paints, sprays, stamps, patterned papers, dies...whatever your creative little heart desires!

I chose to sketch in a background for my stamp this week. This cute little kitten is "Meow-y Christmas"...the fun sentiment comes with the stamp. It only seemed natural to create a fireplace and mantle as a backdrop for this image. The image was cut out with Spellbinders Labels 8. I pulled out some Echo Park Christmas paper from last year. Embellishments were kept to a minimum with a border punch and some black pearls made with a Viva Decor Pearl Pen.

Meow-y Christmas was stamped in Memento Ink on Neenah cardstock. I then set to work sketching in the fireplace and mantle. This is a super easy background to sketch. Your bricks do not have to be perfect...I intentionally made my brick edges slightly irregular. To create the arch, I used a Spellbinders Circle die as a guideline. I also added in a bit of evergreen garland along the top of the mantle. After the sketch was complete, I went over my pencil lines with a Copic multiliner and then got busy colouring. :)

Stocking: R22, R27, R29, R46, R59, C00, C1, C3, C7   Kitten: C1, C3, C5, C7, 100, R22  Bricks: E04, E11, E31, E33, E37, E59, E59, W5, W7  Mortar: E71, E77, W5, W7  Mantle: W1, W3, W5, W7  Inside of fireplace: W1, W3, W5, W7  Garland: YG00, YG03, YG63, YG67, G99, W7

We'd love for you to join in on the background challenge this week! If you use a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp on your project, you could be the lucky winner of "Meow-y Christmas", the stamp used on my card this week. For more inspiration, make sure to stop by the KKS Blog to see what my fellow Krafty Girls created for the challenge!

  • Frugal Friday specials are on until Sunday evening!!
  • Remember Genevieve from our Steampunk collection??? Kimmie has brought her out of retirement for a limited time, so don't miss out on getting your inky hands on her. :)
  • The October Gimmie Kimmie Kits are only available until this Sunday! 
  • November 10th Guelph Mega Crop: KKS will be at this fantastic event and will be offering four different classes that will be run throughout the day. You don't have to attend the crop to attend our classes, but we sold out quickly last year!! So if you are going to be in the area next weekend and would like to come get Krafty with us, you can check out the details HERE!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!




Trina said...

Melanie, you are way too awesome with your hand-drawn background! It looks amazing! Great card!

Boxofcolours said...

Fantastic creation!

MagsB said...

Wow, that background is amazing! A superb creation!

love Mags B x

Sharon Caudle said...

GASP!!!! THUD!!!! Yep...that was me falling out of my chair!!! You totally KILLED this challenge, Melanie! Of course I knew you would. And one of these days I'm going to show up at your door for a week of coloring class. :)
big hugs, Sharon

Riet said...

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

Hugs Riet.xx

June Nelson said...

This is fantastic and your colouring is amazing big huggies June xxxxxxxxx

Heidi Brawley said...

WOW You are SUPER talented!!!! I LOVE your card!!!! Whomever receives this is going to have their socks knocked off!!!! Hugs, Heidi

Kathi said...

You created a fabulous scene with your usual beautiful coloring!

I also love that KK stamp. It's soooo cute! I could totally see one of my cats doing that!