I'm squealing even now! These guys are the cutest ever! I don't know about you but I frequently need to have birthday cards available. A lot of times they are from us as a family so I really wanted something from "us" instead of "I". So I looked online to see what a group of Alpacas was called. A herd. Well, the puns just started flowing but this was the very first one I had and I went with it.
The new digi comes with two different versions of the Alpaca. One with presents and one without. I had to brush up on my editing skills a bit but I was able to make a few different sized Alpacas. As well as flipping a couple and getting them all grouped how I wanted. I printed the grouping out onto 80lb Neenah Solar White as I knew I was going to be using my Copics to color them in.
I had played around on another piece of paper to decide what colors I wanted to use. The really awesome thing about Alpacas? They come in so many different colors! I chose three different color groupings and got busy. Then I moved on to the saddles and presents. I just used a few colors across the saddles and presents so it didn't get too overwhemling.
Now they needed something to stand on. At first I thought about just putting some shading underneath of them. I wasn't overly pleased with that so I grabbed a bunch of green Copics and laid down some base color. A little hill here, a little hill there and throw in lots of grass in various shades. Here's where I got a little stuck. I didn't know if I should leave the rest of the background white or if it needed color. And if it needed color, then which? I decided I wasn't thrilled with the white so leaving it plain was out. Then I had a vision in my head of a sunny (yellow) sky blending down into blue sky. I started at the top with very pale yellows and brought in some very pale blues. I knew I wasn't going to get a seamless blend so i streaked the yellow down into the blue. Envisioning (at least in my head) that they were streaks of sunlight. I blended the blue all the way down into the grass. I'm not sure how realistic the sky is but I am happy!
I cut it out with a scalloped rectangle die and mounted it onto a dark gray card base. I love the sentiments Jess has with this set but I need something using "we" so I made my own sentiment. I even played around and figured out how to add a "stitched" frame around it. Yay me! I took it one step further by running it through my mini Minc with some lovely green foil. Put it on a gray piece of cardstock and adhered with foam tape. Voila!
I really had a lot of fun creating my project to share and I hope you like it too! You can find Jess's shop on etsy right HERE. Remember, she has a price break on her new releases! You certainly can't beat the price!!
Hope to see you again soon!