It’s day 2 of the new release from The Rabbit Hole Designs, and today, I’m sharing a light-up Christmas card, perfect for the dog lovers on your list! This card features the new Pawlidays stamp set, and an EZ-Light to light up the star and nose. Check out how cool it is…
The hardest part of creating this card was figuring out how to color the dogs. I stamped the image onto an A2 panel, then colored it with Copic markers. I looked up a picture of a Boston terrier to use as a coloring guide. I’m not certain of the breed of our little Rudolph, but with his antlers, I wanted to color him brown. I made sure to stipple dots all over both dogs with my lightest markers, to create more of a furry finish. I also added tiny dots of my darkest shades, to add more texture.
For the background, I taped off the horizon, then used several shades of yellow Copics to color the wall behind them. I used the lightest shade all around the image, and gradually worked my way out through the darker colors. Instead of trying to create a smooth blend, I opted to stipple the colors, like I did on the dogs. The uneven finish looks more interesting to me, and almost seems like the room is lit by candles.
The floor was really quick and easy. I used a ruler and Copic Multiliner to draw horizontal lines, spaced closer together at the top, and getting further apart as I moved the ruler down. Then I drew a few vertical lines to create the boards (I should have angled them in a little on the sides for perspective). I used a light brown to base coat all of the boards, then drew lines with a few more random shades of brown. I tried to color each board separately so the lines wouldn’t travel from one board into the next. Using a grey brown, I outlined each board, then I came back in with the multiliner again and added a few more lines and curls, especially where the boards meet up. I really went fast, and tried not to think about it too much.
Adding the lights was the easy part. Once the panel was colored, I trimmed it down and stamped PUSH ME near the bottom. I punched two tiny holes at the top of the tree, and one in the middle of Rudolph’s nose. I taped the lights from an EZ-Light to the back of the holes, and the button right under where I stamped push me. I used double thick foam tape all around the edge of the panel and adhered it to a watercolored background panel I had in my stash. I glued the whole thing to a card base, and glued a star and red gem on top of the lights. An embossed sentiment banner popped up the floorboards finished the card. You can watch how I created another card the same way here. It really is easy, and the lights look so cool shining through the gems!
Have you ever made a light up card? Do you have any dog lovers on your holiday card list? I know exactly who this card is going to. In fact, I need to make two more before Christmas for a few other people on my list. The new Pawlidays stamp set has some punny sentiments that crack me up. Ready to see a few more ideas with the set? Hop along with us…