Another Magical Day

It's another magical day here at Spectrum Ink!  This may be my favorite (okay...it IS my favorite) stamp set in the new Occasions Catalog.
If you follow my blog you'll recognize some themes - mermaids, dragons.  This set has those PLUS a knight, wizard and unicorn.  How fun is that!?!  Since it's pure fantasy you can color these anyway you want!

I designed today's card for the Inspiration Challenge for January 13 on Splitcoast Stampers.  For this challenge you were given a website (Uncommon Goods) and asked to make a card based on something from that site.  Here is my inspiration:
Good thing I don't have small children anymore or I'd be buying a castle!  I tried to have the same graphic feel and colors on my card so I used some retired Stampin' Up colors and I color matched the knight and dragon using my Copic markers.

Coloring the knight and dragon was straightforward since I did not want to shade any colors; just keep them flat and graphic.  This is harder than it sounds with Copics.  Since they are transparent you easily get natural shading lines when coloring.  I went over each color twice and tried not to overlap in order to get a flat, unshaded color.  From a normal viewing distance they look pretty good.  Up close, you can see slight variation.

I used a stencil and sponge dauber with various ink colors to make the bricks.  Since I only needed a few bricks here and there, I used paper to mask off the area to be inked.
The process took awhile but was worth it.  I used the Triple Banner and Circle punches to create the pennant along with the crown from the Tabs for Everything stamp set.  The finished card:

I drew stripes on the dragon using a multi-liner pen to match the one on the website.  This card was so enjoyable to make.  I probably would have used different colors (for the dragon at least) had this not been for the inspiration challenge.  But I really wanted to keep this with the feel of the adorable toy castle.

Of course, while I was creating this I kept thinking of other ideas using this set.  Keep an eye out as I will continue to post more cards using it.

I hope you enjoyed this card today.  I have a list of supplies with links to my Stampin' Up! website below.  If you order please use Hostess code 2BQK2KJZ - valid through February 20.  (If you order $150 of products-before tax and shipping-do not use the code so YOU get the hostess benefits.)

When you order $30 of products I'll send you a FREE PDF of project instructions using "Sure Do Love You" and "Heart Happiness" from the new Occasions Catalog.  And a $50 order qualifies you to earn a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!  Details here.

Stamps and Dies: Magical Day Bundle
Stamps: Tabs for Everything
Punches: Triple Banner Punch1 inch Circle Punch, 1 1/4 inch Circle Punch
Ink: Smoky Slate, Crisp Cantaloupe, Bashful Blue, Midnight Muse
Mask: Pattern Party Decorative Mask
Copic markers: B41,B99, V15, V17, Y35, YR27, YR65, E50, T2

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Have a Magical Day!!!

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