16 January 2021

Today's Princesses


My hubby and I have a long-standing running joke. Since I have all the equipment and material to make custom cards, he places an "order" every year for my birthday. I know, he's hilarious. He makes me smile, too. I love that man. However, I must admit, this card was a big hit. I even managed to get a belly laugh out of my guy. 

My husband wants me to bear in mind a couple of things when I design my card. He wants it to be funny and something that appeals to me. This year, I knew I wanted to incorporate something that would remind us of this time in history as well, hence the mask.

The theme of my card is Today's Princesses. I knew I had in my files the perfect digital collection of papers that I purchased from RessoStudio on Esty in the past. 

To keep with the card's theming, I wrote my own message to aid my Prince Charming. After all, he did say to make it humorous. Plus, when making your own birthday card, you get to write whatever you want on your hubby's behalf, and he has to stand by his words. (Those are the rules of the realm. Ask any Princess, she will confirm it.)

My hubby quickly pounced on the idea that he could reuse the card for our upcoming anniversary-- until I flipped it over. Since I did not mention specifically inside the card that it was for my birthday, I made sure to add the words "Birthday 2021" to the back. I guess he will have to order another card.

Now, let's take a look at some of the details. The beautiful image Aurora Pandemic was designed by TheEastWind from Etsy. I did modify the design in Photoshop to remove the toilet paper rolls. A princess can wear a mask, but she keeps her business hidden in the water closet. 

I am very new to Copic markers. Before this, my skills were akin to a Kindergarten with Crayola markers. To help further my skills, I plan on taking Kit & Clowder's free marker course. I am just waiting for some supplies. However, I did preview the course without doing the lessons and learned a lot by watching the videos. I took that knowledge with me when I began to color Aurora. It was a vast improvement over my prior attempts at using Copics.

 To color Aurora I used:

Hair - Copic E51, E53 
I wanted to have darker hair, but these were the only two colors I own that would work for hair.

Skin Tone - Copic E000, E00, E04

Eyes - Copic E94, E99

Sweatshirt - Copic B12, B14, B18

Scrunchies - Copic B12, B14

Mask - Copic E00, Ohuhu BG1, CG1

I cut the beautiful Pink Fresh ornate frame out of metallic silver cardstock. I then cut out two additional layers on plain white 110 lb. cardstock to give it dimension. 

The flowers are from The Paper Studio, and I purchased them at Hobby Lobby. My flower stash is getting very low, so I did not have a variety to choose from. The blue leaves were created by using Sizzix metal dies.


Although the papers are beautiful on their own, I wanted to make them sparkle even more, so I added glitter highlights using the Stardust Gelly Roll pen. I love this pen! 

To add a little pizzaz to my sentiment page, I used my Scan N Cut to cut out the paper's glass slipper. It is a nice added touch that helps balance out the interior papers. 

My decorative papers were matted on silver metallic cardstock, layered on top of 110 lb. cardstock. This is a very solid card that feels good in your hands.

The final touch will be to create a keepsake box to store it once my birthday is over. 

Thanks for joining me for this bonus post this week! I always enjoy bringing you additional content and blogging about my creations. It is such a great way to keep track of your cards and your progress. 

Have a great weekend, and I will see you next Monday. 

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