Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Merilee Santa’s Helper

At I ♥ Promarkers this week we are asking you to use acetate on your card and the DT have all been using images from Digital Delights. This one, as you can see by the title, is called Merilee Santa’s Helper. There is such a lot going on with this card that I will deal with its construction section by section, if you are interested. I will try to keep it concise so you don’t get bored! LOL.

The image has been coloured with Promarkers, other than the present Merilee is sitting on. That is a Cuddly Buddly paper used for paper piecing though I added shadows to it with my Promarkers (you can just about see them on the photo I think).

The back of the card follows the layout as suggested by the lovely sketch on CLP using a red paper from HOTP & a spotted one from Cuddly Buddly. Green card with a woven texture forms Merilee’s mat. A gorgeous red satin ribbon creates the horizontal lines on the sketch and hopefully matches her red hair ribbons. A bow with sewn on bead tops that section off.

Next layer is a half a tree with presents to Merilee’s left hand side. Both the tree and presents images were on ‘Arthur’s Free Clip Art’ and I layered them in my graphics program and cropped the tree so I only had half of it remaining. This was printed onto card and attached behind the background layer.

The acetate layer comes next. I did a trial run with a bit of scrap paper first so I knew roughly how much of a bow shape I would create by adding on a few centimetres. Once I had decided the size of acetate I would need to create my effect I had to set about printing on it. The tree was a duplicate of the one behind it so that I would get a 3-d effect. The garland on the opposite side was an image from a CD that I re-coloured green. Once printed off, the acetate was attached either side of the card base and embellished - with gems on the tree to form Xmas lights and in sets of 3 for berries onto the garland. The holly leaves also on the front of the acetate garland, started life as snowflake believe it or not - punched out of white paper which had been coloured to get the right shade of green with my Promarkers, and then the green snowflakes were cut into sections. I think they make plausible holly leaves…..LOL.

Right, hope that was concise enough for you inquisitive types without boring you! LOL. Why not pay the other DT girls a visit too, and see how they created their acetate-featured cards this week. I hope we have inspired you to play along with us this week and have got your ‘little grey cells’ working. We are being Sponsored by Digital Delights so you have a chance to win some digis for your stash just by joining in! So what are you waiting for?...get those Promarkers at the ready…..

Hope too that you all like my card enough to leave a comment as you browse along, as I do like to know when someone visited - and you will be all pleased to know that my Comments box has now returned from going AWOL, to allow you to do so!!!!!

Tine :)


CLP – design sketch

Sir Stampalot – bling

Creative Card - girly

Cute Card Thursday – open challenge.


  1. Hi there Tine

    What a really great card, thank you so much for sharing it with us at Stampalot Challenge this month,

    B x

  2. Fab Entry, thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge, Good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  3. Beautiful creation. What a grand idea! She is colored perfectly and that shine & bling is awesome.

  4. Great card Tine. Your colouring is fab!
    Thank you for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.
    Clare x

  5. WOW!!! What a fab card and I love your shading & colouring. Do you by any chance give lessons on promarker techniques or know where I could get a lesson? x

  6. Oh what a sweet and gorgeous card!!! I love your colors and your take on the sketch! Thank you so much for joining us at CLP!


  7. Great card, Tine. Super image, fab colouring, and I love that fold-out piece - great finishing touch.

    Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew this week.

    Julie :o)

  8. Amazing coloring Tine! Wow! So pretty with the tree on acetate paper. A wonderful take on the sketch, thanks for playing with us.

  9. I love the card its so awesome. Great job. Thanks so much for joining us this month at CLP, Good Luck.

  10. Wonderful card with stunning details
    thanks for joining us at sir stampalot this month and good luck!

  11. Fab card! Such vibrant colours! Thanks for joining the CLP August sketch challenge!
    Good Luck!

    Hege xx