Friday, May 17, 2013

Tah Dah!

When I first saw Trixie Tapper by Kraftin' Kimmie, I knew I had to have her because I could envision her tap dancing on a variety of surfaces created from patterned papers, die cuts, stencils, and suchlike.

Here's an example!

Trixie Tapper by Kraftin' Kimmie, who happens to be on sale at SCACD, was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto white Neeenah cardstock. She was colored with Copic markers, which I'll list below. When I was done coloring her, she took a ride through my Big Kick, in a Nestabilities die, then stayed there as I sponged Old Paper Distress ink around her. Then she was liberated from her metal prison and her cane and shoes were treated with a few layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to add dimension and shine. May I declare how much I love my Glaze pens? I totally do. A lot. They're a necessary staple in my craft room.

I started out with a khaki/black/white color scheme and was going to add a pop of deep red on Trixie's vest and top hat. Then I decided to color Trixie's tresses an auburn shade and didn't want to clash. So I went with a teal/turquoise instead.

I had already decided that I was going to have Trixie dancing atop the piano keyboard from a sheet from Curtain Call 8x8 pad by Graphic 45 and knew I was going to use a strip of tickets as well, so I had to find patterned paper to match Trixie's vest. Thankfully, I have a tiny bit of patterned paper to choose from (Remember that bridge from a previous post? Still want to buy it? *grin) and I selected a sheet from the Notable, Collectable 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye, which is also on sale.

The stamped panel was layered onto the MME paper. The piano keyboard was cut from its sheet of patterned paper, edged with Black Soot Distress ink, then layered onto the card front. The ticket strip was cut from its sheet of paper, the edges were distressed with the T!m's Tonic Distress Tool. I scored between the tickets, sanded on the folds, then the folds and edges were sponged with Old Paper Distress ink. This strip was layered over the card front.

I thought the "Tah Dah!" sentiment by justjohanna/Odd Bird Planet was perfect for the card, so I stamped that onto a Spellbinders die cut. Photo corner dies by QuicKutz were used to cut music notation paper from the Avignon 6x6 pad by 7 Gypsies (I hoard that pad!) and from the Notable MME pad. The corner dies were stacked and added to the upper right hand corner.

The entire card front was sponged with Black Soot Distress inks and mounted onto Kraft cardstock. The final step was to add some black gemstones to the corner, sentiment strip, and Trixie's hat band.

Thanks for visiting today!

Copic markers used:
Skin: e00, e50, E51, BV00
Hair: YR14, E07, E19, E19, E29
Eyes: C00, BV000
Tux & Hat T3, T4, T5, T7, T8
Vest & Hatband: BG09, BG57
Shoes: C00, C1, C6, C10
Cane: E21, E23, E25

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #178: Let's get sentimental
Simon Says Stamp & Show: Little Papers
Mad for Markers Challenges -- One for the Girls
The Crafter's Cafe #16: Mom and/or for a woman
Cute Card Thursday #269: Dancing Queen
Clear It Out Challenges: Anything Goes (2 or more patterned paper)
Papertake Weekly: The Sound of Music


  1. Kathi, I totally love this card! Fabulous color combo, love the cool papers you chose, the even cooler embellies, your darling image, sentiment, and wonderful coloring! It is a great card! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  2. Hello Kathi thanks for your kind comments on my blog and becoming a new follower :-)
    I decided to visit your blog too...very different and cute cards!
    You've a new follower too!

    Have a nice weekend, Alie :-)

  3. Kathi...your card is darling! I love the black, white and blue color theme you've used on this. Your tappin' Trixie is darling. You've done a wonderful job of coloring her. The piano keys at the bottom and the tickets running up the left side of the card are really great papers and add so much. I like how Trixie is placed within the die cut piece. Very cute design. Thanks so much for sharing your art with us Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  4. Great creation! Thanks for playing at PTW! xxx

  5. Great card! I love, love her red hair. It's a color I want to do mine... I also really like that you have her poised on the piano keys.

  6. Okay, I adore this card! Dancing across the keyboard, brilliant idea! I have to say this is one of the most creative things I have seen in quite awhile. High five chickee!

  7. Your card is beautiful!
    Many thanks for joining in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!

  8. Your design strikes just the right note! Nicely done! Thanks for playing with us this week at Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog.

  9. Wonderful!! Thanks for playing with us this month at TCCCB!
    FYI: We have a DT Call going on right now! Be sure to check it out!! :)
    Karen C