September 2, 2013

A cheer up panda

My sister-in-law just got back from q-school.  Q-school is how golfers turn professional.  They go to a week-long tournament and the top golfers are chosen to get tour cards.  My sis-in-law didn't get her card.  She barely missed it by 3 strokes.

It sucks to try out for something and have it not work out.  It sucks more to think of all the time, money, and effort she put forth for this.  So I thought that maybe a happy card might help make her smile.  And really, who could resist smiling at this adorable panda by The Paper Shelter?!

I colored him with Prismacolor pencils.  I mentioned in my last post that I'd let you know how I've been coloring the images.  What I've been doing is choosing 3 tones for shading each area (a light, mid, and dark tone).  I've been laying a base coat of the mid-tone with very light shading and blending using OMS.  Then I have been shading over the base coat with pencils (not using a solvent) following the technique here.  Then I burnish the area using the light tone and lastly add highlights using white like the video suggests.

Here's the finished panda card:

The camera paper went with a "punny" sentiment I have, but the stamp was a bit too long for the area that I wanted it, so I changed the sentiment.  The paper stayed though, because I liked it.

Linking to:
The Paper Shelter-DT Call
Make It Monday-Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door-Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create-Spotlighting Technique


  1. Very nicely done! That panda is adorable! Those eyes just draw you in. Nice job of coloring them! Thanks so much for playing along with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  2. Sweet card, hope it cheers up your sister-in-law! Spotted it on MIM xx

  3. What a sweet card - I love your panda's eyes. I hope it does the trick and cheers up your sister-in-law!
    I found you through the MIM Link Party where I am also partying, would love it if you'd stop by too.
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  4. Beautiful.Such a cute image, love your choice of papers. Great lo.
    Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create

    Huggsss, Angelique

  5. Such a beautiful card, thank you for joining us over at MIM on our 3rd Birthday! Hugs Kerry xx

  6. Adorable image, lovely sentiment and such a cool DP! I think your card is so sweet - spotted it on MIM.

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