Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Guest Designing for My Favorite Things - Day Two

I thought I'd begin my second day as guest with a nod to this MFT card.  Birdie Brown's Space Explorer is one of those magical stamp sets that easily sets the stage for any outer space scene:

I began by creating a background similar to this card using Distress Inks, water, and white acrylic paint.  I then went to work coloring this little spaceman with Inktense Pencils, and covered over his suit in Silver watercolor.  His face is covered with Glossy Accents to finish off his helmet.  This is the image where he is holding three star balloons, so it was easy to change them out for the balloon diecut from Blueprints 26.  Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolors and watercolor paper were used to create the Earth balloon.    I Googled an image of the Earth so I could get a better idea of where to place the continents.  I cut a little slit in the astronaught's hand so the silver thread would slide through his grip.  The sentiment, from the same stamp set, was white heat embossed.  The boy and the Earth were popped up on fun foam and the whole scene was attached to a white card base.

Stamps:  Space Explorer
Dies:  Blueprints 26
Pencils/Watercolor:  Derwent Inktense Pencils, Kuretake Gansi Tambi Watercolors - 95, 53, 58, 62, 20
Ink: Distress Ink Black Soot, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire, VersaMark
Other:  White acrylic paint, Silver thread, Glossy Accents, Fun Foam, SSS White Fine Detail Embossing Powder

This next card has a bit of a retro vibe in color and style:

Can cats and birds really get along?  Certainly these two fancy friends think so.  This set is super fun to color, especially in a non-traditional way!  I used Copics to color them, die cut them using the coordinating dies, and framed them using the new Stitched Rounded Square Frames.  The smaller square was also die cut from foam to give it some dimension.  The word "Friend" was die cut into the background and a sentiment from the Friends Furever stamp set was heat embossed below.  The entire panel sits inside the largest of the Stitched Rounded Rectangle Frames.  I used Nuvo Crystal drops in three colors as a final touch.

Stamps:  Purr-Fect Friends, Friends Furever
Dies:  Purr-Fect Friends, Stitched Rounded Rectangle Frames, Stitched Rounded Square Frames, Friend
Copics:  YG0000, 00,21, 23, BG11, 13, YR 61, 65, 68, 09
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Other: Nuvo Crystal Drops - Caribbean Ocean, Apple Green, Ripened Pumpkin

I hope you were inspired today to step out of the box with your designs and colors.  Thanks so much for coming over to visit.  I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Kara Lynne


  1. Cuteness overload! Amazing galaxy background and such a clever idea on your first card.

  2. another amazing set of cards! love, love, love the earth balloon on the first card!!

  3. Kara, these are borsht brilliant!! Your space background is a jaw dropper. So so cool. And I LOVE the second card with it's graphic feel and fabulous bright colours!

  4. Wow!!! Fab cards!! Really love your space card!! Just awesome!!

  5. Kara, I love love LOVE the little astronaut boy with the world balloon! This is the cutest card ever! I love the colors, and the images are just amazing! The kitty is very sweet too!
    Take Care!

  6. Two really striking cards, Kara! Another fabulous Guest post over at MFT...good for you!!!

  7. Two great cards Kara my friend!I love that the 'planet' is also a balloon and you have created fabulous ‘galaxy’ background! And that sweet little spaceman is adorable! The second one is bright and cheerful and such a fun design! Have a wonderful day! Luv n’ Hugs. Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

  8. Two absolutely amazing and wonderful cards! I love your space card, that earth balloon is breath taking!

  9. What terrific cards!! I love the astronaut and the way you created the earth! and your second card is vibrant, beautiful and beautifully designed!

  10. Don't know how I missed these 2 terrific cards Kara Lynne, but they are out of this world FABULOUS! (sorry, I couldn't resist!!) Your background on the 1st card is just GORGEOUS and beautifully colored! And of course your little space guy is just as cute as can be! I have a grandson coming in May and I'm going to have to learn to make little boy cards like these, so thank you for such lovely inspiration! And your cat card is just too FUN!!! You have colored him (her?) to perfection and this card just totally makes me smile! FABULOUS job on both of these!! :0)

  11. Oh my, that first card is absolutely spectacular! What a fantastic idea and execution! Love it!

  12. WOW your outer space card is incredible!! Love the 'space' you created!! Cute little psychedelic cat card!!

  13. Another triumph at MFT, Kara! What a spectacular galaxy ... so fun with that brilliant earth and cute little space man! That funky cat and bird are delicious ... cool and groovy ... and such fantastic colouring! Hugs, Anita :)

  14. two more amazing cards!! so well done.

  15. My oh my this is fabulous! MFT is privileged to have you as their GD:) I love the design of your card with that astronaut. Such a brilliant idea! Your second card has a modern design that I love. Fab use of dies, stamps and your colouring made me sigh and smile:)

  16. Both are awesome
    the little boy and your space colors there wooooww stunning
    the cat in that colors and layout
    tooo cuuteee for words
    LOVE THEM Both I am fan of you Kara...really