Tuesday, February 16, 2016

How to Train Your Dragon

This kitty has her dragon purr-fectly trained.
Hi, Friends.......

I am here with a dragon card I made for this week's MFP Speedy Fox & Friends Challenge. (My card doesn't really have anything to do with the movie that I referenced in the title of this post, I just thought "Dragon Card" seemed a little uninspiring!)  This week at MFP, Pat gave us an interesting tutorial to follow where you block off your image in black and make a squiggle frame.  Even my best attempts at straight lines end up being squiggles, so that part was right up my alley!!  :)

I used the dragon image from my Mark's Finest Papers - Lucky You stamp set. He's a majestic creature, but coloring him and the black block was a labor of love! I used gel pens to color each individual dragon scale in shimmering reds and gold. Do you like him on the kraft? The tutorial did not specify that you had to use white cardstock, and I thought kraft suited him better. I used Versafine ink in Onyx Black and heat embossed him with clear powder so the black lines wouldn't disappear into the block pattern.

Other supplies used:  Mark's Finest Papers - Works of Art stamp set,

(I used the Chinese character background stamp on my red panel. I needed something to make that subtle polka dot pattern more Oriental!! Now you can't even tell it has dots behind there. Yay!)
Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy, Fired Brick, thrift store gold and red twines.

Hope you like my card. Thank you, as always, for stopping by and leaving your wonderful comments.


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFP Speedy Fox & Friends Challenge #7
2. The Male Room Challenge #28 - Oriental
3. DL.Art Thankful Thursday Challenge #174 - Pink, Red, Hearts, or Any Combination of One or More
4. Ribbon Girls February Challenge - Any Card
5. One Crazy Stamper February Challenge - Anything Goes
6. DRS Designs Challenge #213 - Hot or Cold
7. DL.Art February Linky Party Challenge - Anything Goes
8. Crafting with Dragonflies Challenge #50 - Any Card

9. Craft Stamper Take It Make It February Challenge - Text Me


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  2. That is a gorgeous card and an amazing colouring technique - well worth the effort. This is awesome !! :-)

    IKE xx

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  3. Your squiggly lines are perfect and the gel pens give a very cool effect. Thank you for playing along in our challenge at One Crazy Stamper

  4. Okay Janis if you can't train it at least contain it This is great TFS MFP SS Lis DT

    1. Ha. I wish I had thought of that line, Lis! Thank you for stopping by always leaving great comments!


  5. Stunning. Lovely dragon image. Works beautifully for this technique. Hugz

  6. Beautiful and so colourful, thanks for playing with us at Crafting with Dragonflies, blessings Hilde

  7. Spectacular dragon! And he looks splendid and regal in the shimmering reds and golds. Thanks for playing at The Male Room.

  8. Wow Janis, how spectacular! That fierce dragon looks like he's slinking out of his deep dark cave to wreak havoc on the land. I really love the brightly colored scales and the shine from the heat embossing. It's like an ancient Chinese enamelware piece, and your choice of using kraft for the base gives it an aged look! Perfection!!

  9. Stunning! I love the shimmer and shine on your wonderful dragon. A perfect take on our Oriental theme! Thanks so much for playing along with our Oriental theme at The Male Room! Deborah, DT. BTW - love the photo of the cat and lizard!

  10. Your dragon looks amazing on your beautiful card! His scales are so colorful! Thanks for playing along with us at DL.ART Thankful Thursdays Challenges!

  11. What an awesome look! Thank you for sharing with us at MFP Stamps Challenge.

  12. Wow - this came out fabulous! I love how the lines look with that technique and your colors are wonderful! This is stunning. Thanks for sharing it with us in the DRS Designs Challenge, Janis! BTW - that picture of the "dragon" and kitty at the top is so fitting for this (and a bit scary too). Fun!

  13. Wow, he is awesome, well done on that amazing colouring. Thanks for joining us in The Male Room
    Louise xx

  14. Wow, how stunning! Well worth the work. I do like the kraft, and you've rocked the technique! Thanks for joining us at Crafting with Dragonflies! Best, CG

  15. Lovely job on the tutorial - thanks for entering the MFP Stamp Shop challenge Gail Scott SR DT

  16. Fabulous!! It's a stunning card! Thanks for playing along with us at MFP Stamps Challenge!

  17. Great card - very striking.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafting With Dragonflies.

    Helen x

  18. Janis, love what you did with our fabulous dragon. Perfect! Thanks for joining us at the MFP Stamps Challenge!
    Hugs! kReN

  19. Wow!!! This is such a gorgeous card.
    Thanks for joining in with The Ribbon Girl card challenge.
    Hugs, Donna xx


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