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Friday, February 01, 2008

It's Groundhog Day!!

Tomorrow at 7:00 am EST in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania Punxsutawney Phil will pop out of his den from his winter slumber as the country waits to see if he does or does not see his shadow.

Did you know that you can actually become a member of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club? I didn't sign up! Shocker huh? Maybe next year!!! LOL And tomorrow I think I'll be sleeping at 7:00 am EST. That would be 6:00 am here. Yup, I'll be sleeping!!! I'll have to rely on the media for the news of how much more winter we're going to have!!! Now is he "speaking" for the entire nation or just Pennsylvania??? I know here in Minnesota winter ends on March 20th, with or without Phil!!! LOL

Ok, onto the card. The stamp I used here is by Inky Antics. I've had it for quite a few years. I'd have to say at least 7!!! It's still in perfect shape too. I think it has a lot to do with the Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Mist. I don't use it to clean my stamps. It doesn't work well on black ink or Staz On but the emollients in it sure do keep the stamps rubber supple. And to have a stamp that long in storage and it's still as nice as the day you buy it speaks volumes for a product. And the added bonus is it has a wonderful fragrance to it too!!

For the words I used my computer. I didn't have a "Happy Groundhog Day" stamp. Not many people do!!! LOL

The real challenge of this card was the colors. You have a tree trunk which in nature is brown and you have the groundhog which in nature are grey. At the time I was thinking gopher. I don't think I've ever seen a groundhog in person!! Anyway, I didn't color this one grey because I thought it would look too blah. As though a brown tree trunk and a tan animal don't look blah. I did give his nose and ears a bit of pink to brighten it up. I used my Copic markers and the Copic blender to color the image. I had gotten them for Christmas but have not had much time to play with them. I also used the Copic Air Brush for the green grassy area and the blue background. It was fun but takes a bit of working with it to get the feel of it. I would have to stay I still prefer the Stampin' Up! markers and a blender pen. With the Copic I had to be SO careful not to touch the black lines on the stamped image. Copic markers are alcohol base and alcohol will smear other alcohol marks. With the Stampin' Up! blender pen I could have just rolled right across the images without having to be careful. I could have gone out of the lines and still cleaned it up with a clean tip on the blender pen. This only works if you use watercolor paper and that is what I stamped this image on.

I sponged the edges, including the edges of the paper I picked up at Michael's last week. Why? I don't know, I only own five billion sheets of their paper!!! LOL But I did not have any of this dotted paper and I'm glad I picked one up because it went well with this "occasion!" I tied some ribbon on and taped the card layers together.

It was a fun card. I really enjoyed the airbrushing part. My fingernails are still green but they are getting lighter as the evening goes by!!!!

Happy Groundhog day to you all and thank you SO much for stopping by,


Anonymous said...

adorable card !!!!!!
great colors and layout !!!!

Nikki Bond said...

What a CUTE stamp! You card looks GREATS!!! Wonderful coloring! {SMILES}

Mary said...

Great card! I love all the colors you put together and that little groundhog is so cute. Mary

Unknown said...

Such a cute card, I love it! So would you recommend the Copics or should we just say no? I love the SU markers also, but I do not color images as much as you do.

tyrymom29 said...

wow , what a great card LOve everything about it !!!!

kat said...

WOW! I'm new to your blog but totally impressed! As a dedicated stamper/card maker, I've never done a Ground Hog Day card; you take the cake! And what a gorgeous job you've done on everything I've seen of yours.

Alex said...

Very cute card Wanda - love the polka dots and your little groundhog is adorable! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Anonymous said...

What a cute card Wanda! I live in PA relatively close to Phil, but I honestly don't know if his "predictions" are for the state of PA or the whole country! Spring will get here when it gets here regardless of what some critter predicts LOL
I love how you colored this image. I can't justify the cost of Copics, so I use water color pencils, SU markers and blender pens too. They work perfectly and are within my budget:) TFS

Diane said...

Great card!!! He's so cute!

Corie said...

WOW -- this is just the cutest thing!!

Unknown said...

Wanda, your coloring is fabulous... how do you make your blending so perfect? Very cute card!

Wendy said...

No matter what you do, I always want to run to my craft room and CASE it. You're my hero. In fact, I presented you an award on my blog today--come see!