Tuesday, March 04, 2008

My Sweet Darjeeling

I got my shipment of Gruffies this past weekend and I've been busy coloring them ever since. What is a Gruffie, you say? Oh my, oh my! It's the newest line of stamps from Stampabilities that I get from Dick at HMStamps. This is Pebbles, the bear. The stamp is called "All Warm and Furry". The sentiment is from justjohanna.

I bought some white cardstock from Papertrey Ink and it is fantastic. It is a bit heavier than the regular cardstock I usually stamp and color on and it has a very smooth surface. This cardstock is a bit heavy for card bases, but it is super for stamping and coloring. It's a bit pricey, $6 for 40 sheets of 8.5x11, but it is well worth it.

I colored this card with my Prismas. Here are the colors I used: For Pebbles the bear - peach, peach beige, burnt ochre, sepia, dark umber and yellow ochre. I started with a light-medium basecoat of peach over the whole bear. Peach beige was used to highlight the cheek & nose area and the pads of his feet. I then colored over the peach with the burnt ochre and then on top of that with the sepia. I used the colorless blender lightly over the bear body and using the dark umber, I highlighted his hairs on his body, making sure to color the hairs on the edge of him. I highlighted a few areas with the yellow ochre and then darkened some areas with the dark umber. When I was finished, I used my black Verithin pencil to outline his eyes and clean up some lines.

I used limepeel as a base and dark green for the darker areas on the teapot and cup and then highlighted a few areas with burnt ochre. I went over and over the teapot with each color until I was satisfied. I used aquamarine for the shadow under the teapot and the bear.

I used CPS Sketch #8 for the layout and used my new Hoop-La paper by Rubber Soul. The diagonal paper is Bazzill and the green circle is Prism. The green button is from my stash. Oh and I edged the top layers of cardstock with VersaMagic ink in Turquoise Gem.


Jennifer said...

OOOohhhh Debbie! Keep these Gruffies coming. Your coloring makes the bear absolutely P+O+P off the paper! And as usual, your choice of colors of pencils to use and combine make it look lifelike.

I LOVE THIS! More! More!!

Jennifer :)

Kim H. said...

awww they are so cute! I love the LO of this card! That sentiment is prefect with the image!

Heather Grow said...

He's soooo cute. Gotta love his lime peel colored teapot.

Thanh said...

The colouring job on this card, makes me sick!!!!

.... with envy! Ugh @ you, ass.

Deborah said...


Kathi Rerek said...

Each time I see your coloring, I stop in my tracks and think to myself, "Self, Debbie rocks the Prismacolor pencils. When is she coming east to tutor me???". Yep. That's what I think.

Amazing pencil work on this card. Gruffie is pretty darned cute too.