Saturday, July 14, 2012

Luka with Pumpkin
High contrast using a non-family group.

Hello everyone!  I am now in Chicago getting ready for CHA and  I want to share a card I created for our Wednesday  MarkerPop post.   My technique was creating dimension by using high contrast colors with a non-family group.   I know it is still summer, but I like to get a jump-start on Fall.   I love that time of year.   The smells  of cinnamon, hot spiced cider  and freshly baked pumpkin pie make me a happy woman!
I used the adorable stamp by La La Land Crafts Rubber Stamp called Luka with Pumpkin.  This stamp is a breeze to use.  It is a deep etched rubber stamp with a cushion back and it stamps with a beautiful, clean image.  It comes ready to use!  It measures approximately 4 in  x 3 in.  It  is a perfect size for card making, scrapbook pages and other crafts.

I used the following Copic alcohol ink markers on my image:
Skin Tone:  E000, E11
Pumpkin: YR18, YR16, YR15, YR12, YR00, R59
Pumpkin Stem:  W4, W1, W00
Pants and Shoes:  E40, E42, E44
Jacket, Hat and Socks: BG70, BG72, BG75
Hair: YR23, YR23, E35, Y23
Grass:  G24, G29

You will notice I used a very dark R59 very sparingly at the bottom of the pumpkin for my darkest shadow.
This is not the natural family group for YR but it works well if used in a small amount to add high contrast.
If you would prefer a moderate contrast, E35 could be used as a substitute.
I personally like high contrast and find that the eye is often drawn to such images.
You will also notice I created grass around Luka.  I always like to ground my images,
and creating grass is a fun way to accomplish that.
I created a little quilled pumpkin to coordinate with the theme of the image.
Click image to enlarge
A frame was created my using a large oval die.
Framing the images is a fun twist!

I am linking this card to the following challenges 
Make It Monday
Inspire Me Friday
Inky Impressions - Great Outdoors
Tuesday Throwdown - Hot Colors 

Awww Moment for the Day

I hope you enjoyed my Fall card with Luka holding a pumping that is MUCH too big for him.  
I will try to post about some of the cool things I see at CHA this week!   


  1. I saw this on MarkerPop--loved it then and still lovin' it! :^) Marie, it is just adorable! Fantastic coloring and quilling! :^)

  2. This is so gorgeous Marie and as usual is coloured fantastically. Hope you are having a super time.


  3. lovely card!

    thank you for following my blog xxx

  4. Oh to be as multi-tasking talented as you! You travel AND blog at the same time!!! Marie, I had the best time admiring this little fella. The incredible definition around the eyes that gave his upper face so much depth and the curve of your copic to define the cheekbone...FANTASTIC!!! You have crazy mad skills my friend...just crazy! :D
    Hope you're having a blast!

  5. Gorgeous card and colouring Marie..Loz

  6. Oh, wow!!! You're colouring is stunning! I wish I could do that as well. I love that you used a clean lay-out. Just beautiful! Nice to know that you are on Nicecrane's DT-team too!
    Hugs, Jacqueline

  7. Marie, This is outstanding which is not unusual from you. thanks so much for the hint about the darker (out of family) colors you used for shadowing. Nice quilling also. I get to quill about one thing a year. I wish I could do more and I don't know why I don't. All around adorable card. Enjoy your week.

  8. Hi Marie,
    Thanks for the lovely comment, I don't know about knocking the challenge out of the ballpark :D I've seen some awesome cards for the challenge. You do beautiful work, love the colours. TFS and becoming my newest follower. I've also become a fan of yours as well.

    Have a gr8 day

  9. This is gorgeous. Beautifully designed. Thank you for the love you spread on my blog. Hugs Desíre Digistamps4Joy DT Member Doing Life Tammys Scrapin Corner DT Member

  10. What a sweet and simple card, this just looks lovely and it shows off your coloring skills so nicely! Thank you for answering the Inky Impressions DT Call!

    Jackie, Inky Impressions DT

  11. Such a darling card! Your coloring is outstanding and that little quilled pumpkin is so adorable! Thank you for joining in our Hot Colors challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!
    <3 Emily-DT

  12. Marie this is just way tooo cute!! I love your wonderful coloring and fun quilled pumpkin~ So glad you shared with us at TT this week :)


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