I started this card four days ago!! Still sick, but I managed to creep in here and put the finishing touches before I go crawl back to bed. Glad it looks better than I feel!(IMHO) I started by inking my puddle minus the splash from Just So Hoppy, then masked it with a post it and stamped my Hip hop frog peeping out. Added some grass behind him, the balloon and string, and colored everything with SU! markers and my Aquapainter. My favorite thing is the tossed hat (popped up on a dimensional) I added just a few little motion strokes to make it look like it just left his open hand. To keep my background from looking flat, but not too busy, I stamped the hat all over the Ballet Blue CS in Versamark, turning the stamp as I went to make it look extra-celebratory, a hundred tossed hats!!) Glitterfied everything with Stickles.
Here you see how I began the pierced background.
Again, I was able to do the whole thing quickly without moving it!! I left a band in the middle that would leave a pierced border around my ribbon. Don't these pierced "panels" seem to add a lot of layers to my card?? After I cut my focal point with the Coluzzle and mounted it on my card, I placed my round plastic canvas template on top for the pierced circle border, see top pic. Try out this "piercing sketch" or modify it by offsetting the middle band and your focal point to the left or right, or according to the rule of thirds.
When I decide who to send it to, the last little detail will be to attach a little white die cut tag under the knotted SU! Pumpkin (which I slid through my punched slit)and Wasabi striped ribbons( small strip placed on top of the pumpkin before tying) saying "friend", "son" etc...
Thank you everybody who is busy wishing me better! My body's not listening, but my heart leaps up!
TIP: When to frame up your focal point? When creating a scene like this you can cut first and stamp later, or vice versa. When I have plenty of room on my layout to work with, I stamp first, as I did on this card, the focal [point could have considerably larger or smaller and still worked. If I'd had other layers or embellishments to add, a pretty DP underneath that I wanted a lot of the pattern to show etc, I would have cut my circle first and made my scene work within that space. Make sense? Hope that helps! ;)
*have I already used this title???
PS more piercing tips to come, just need to get them photographed and some special Mother's Day posts to follow!