Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sherrod Studio Sneak Peek - Day 3

... and the day before the awesome stamps I've been showing you these past few days will be available for purchase at Sherrod Studio!

Meet Gracie. She's a sweetheart and particularly special, because she is part of the first stamp set from Sherrod Studio for which a portion of the proceeds will go to special children's charities.

The first charity Kim has selected is the Christmas Box Lifestart Initiative, a program to assist children who have been in foster care for years and suddenly find them "aging out" of the system. More information about this wonderful program can be found here.

As for my card, I jumped out of my box a bit on this one, coloring the image with waterbase markers. And thus, if it looks like it was colored by a beginner, it was. LOL. Seriously, while I usually find that long sweeping strokes with the brush tip of the marker yields the best results, I colored the bear using a small, circular strokes with hopes the result would look like fur. I think was moderately successful. I created the "shadow" with a Dove blending pen and Twilight ink. I also used the blending pen and Chocolate ink to "ground" my image. About the red, white, and blue color scheme, 'tis the season!

Oh, and one more thing. The teddy bear is a separate image that I stamped and cut out. While it wasn't necessary, I used a craft knife to make a tiny slit around Gracie's fingers to better grip the bears arm. Gracie can also hold a flower or balloon. Additionally, the set includes two more flower images, a balloon bouquet, and a handful of fun sentiments.

That said, you need to see what other members of the design team have in store for you today: Sparkle, Mary, Kim, and the Kim on her Sherrod Studio blog. And don't forget to comment. There will be a drawing for free stamp sets with the winners announced by Kim tomorrow during Sherrod Studio's grand opening.

The clock is ticking, which means it's time for me to get ready for another day at the workplace. Once again, thanks for stopping by. Your comments and support mean the world to me. Have a good day, friends!

19 comments:

Denise said...

Oh what a cutie! Making the slit is just an awesome idea for helping her to look like she is really holding that teddy bear!

Denise Wells
mamascollections@aol.com

Debbie DP said...

I love your card and I really like the idea of a portion going to the Christmas Box. What a wonderful idea.

I am Maricar said...

Your coloring makes me envious. I attempted coloring the Ms. On The Go set from CTMH with little luck. Yes, I admit. I need a coloring tutorial! You, on the other hand, did a great job - even if you claim to be a novice! :)

Dawn Mercedes said...

I love red!! Great job on the card

gremhog susan.hatch@gmail.com said...

a little girl ought to have a teddy bear...I had/have one...but my kids insists it's a dog. I've had it since 1966...you'd think I would have noticed. right?

Alanna said...

Another great card Kathi. I do have to disagree with you, however. Your coloring looks awesome, especially how you shaded and grounded the image. Have a great Tuesday.

Jeanne said...

Hey Kathi! I'm sorry I've gotten behind on commenting on your fantastic artwork, I've seen them, just haven't had the chance to comment.

Your coloring inspires me to keep practicing mine! Thanks for all you do!

Mary said...

Love the teddy bear (I haven't inked that one up yet!)

Jo said...

great card & love the girl holding the teddy bear.

Sarah said...

Another cute one Kathi...I think your coloring is just perfect...and putting the bear in her arms looks soooo good.
Great card!

Liane said...

Very cute card. I think the coloring looks great. My favorite colors too. =-)

Bobbi Nessly said...

Very nice card. Great stamp set, love the idea of Christmas Box.

Iona said...

Kathi that little bear is adorable...kind of like pookie bear for Garfield LOL. Love teddy bears and children and this card is adorable. Thanks, Iona

Sparkle said...

What a cute card! I haven't attempted the bear yet...

Kelly said...

'cute card- love the teddy bear!

Deborah Young said...

Too cute! It looks like you are having a lot of fun. I can't wait till tomorrow!!!!

Kim said...

I love your coloring. That bear is adorable.

Sylvia said...

Cute card and the idea of a portion of the sales going to charity is great.

Kariberry said...

Cute card! Your coloring and shading is awesome!!