Tuesday, August 5, 2014

High Hopes For the Boys Challenge!

I am a guest designer over at High Hopes Rubber Stamps in their Challenge #230: One for the Boys. I entered their last colour challenge with my Snowman card and my name came up in the random draw!  As a result, I won a free stamp and a chance to be a guest designer in this challenge.

I happen to have a wonderful High Hopes Boy stamp called Froggy Gift. I coloured him up with my Tombow Dual Tip Watercolour Markers.

This one is going to the Kards for Kids at Toronto's Sick Kids hospital card drive. I made sure to use Stickles glitter glue in place of bling around the mat of the image. I simply hand wrote the sentiment and popped it up on foam tape.

I can't wait to get my next "boyish" stamp from High Hopes!  I chose Robot with Balloon so I can make more guy cards for my nephews.

I have to say, it took me quite a long time to colour this image. I am so fussy, I couldn't just leave it alone. I kept touching it up and touching it up and messing it up and touching it up. I will say that watercolours are fairly forgiving. I can always re-wet it and keep going into it. However, I messed up his hat a zillion times. I blobbed the red right out of the lines. Took me forever to clean it up. Then I did it 2 more times! When my watercolour paper finally started to pill from my clean up efforts, that's when I drew the line and moved on! (I got red in his ear too near the hat. I fixed that too though.) Why is red so hard to work with! Whether it's waterolours or alcohol markers, red is so difficult to control! Anyone have some tips?

Overall, I think I'm a marker girl: instant gratification. You can muck with it a little, but once it's down, it's down. It's dry. Move on!

I learned from my last colouring card where I tried out my Pro-Markers. I remembered to stamp inside before assembling my card. This time I just have him peeking out from the corner. This is a large card (5 x 7 inches) so there's lots of room to write a message.

Hurray for High Hopes Stamps! They have lovely, wholesome images. Many of them are pretty big, but they have small ones too and scene building sets too if you are in to that. Check them out!


  1. Wow! Lisa. I love your card. What a delightful stamp!

  2. What a fab happy card Lisa, love your handwriting too (mine's so untidy I wouldn't dare write on the front of a card!) Thanks for being our Guest Designer at High Hopes :)


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