Polka Dot Pals Fern

Sometimes a project hangs around the coloring desk only getting attention here and there and this was one of those. The background was a watercolor picture Cassandra did and I nabbed it before she tossed it into the rubbish bin out of frustration. She was convinced that nothing good would come from it. So that gave me a challenge to use it in one of my projects and this is what I came up with. I’ve combined it with Polka Dot Pals Fern and the No-See All Seasons Tree die set.

To help visually separate the elements, I used foam tape to pop up the tree, mushrooms and grass from the background. I also used foam tape to pop up the character and butterfly – but on those, for added separation, I kept a white trim around the image when I cut it.

When coloring Polka Dot Pals Fern, I first stamped in a no-lines ink color. This allowed me to change the pattern of her shirt and shoes.
I hope this work as it’s my first animated GIF of this type – I wanted to show the progression of how I colored the face and gave it a shape. I did not use an Add-On Face stamp but instead colored in my own. The Copic colored listed in the clipping are E21, 25, 23, 31 and 29. I was getting a few areas gummed up so I had to go into those areas with a colored pencil to smooth it out. My faces are always works in progress and I continually try to refine the process – this is just how I’m currently doing them.
Overall I liked how the project came together and she said it wasn’t so bad either. I think that’s a win-win scenario.

These are the supplies I used:
Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb
Lawn Fawn Jellyfish Premium Ink
Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen
Prismacolor Pencils

Whimsy Stamps:
Polka Dot Pals Fern clear set
Polka Dot Pals Imogen clear set (butterfly)
No-See All Season Tree die set (mushrooms, grass, tree trunk)

Copic markers used:
YG93, 23, 67, 97
E42, 43, 44, 47, 49
E21, 23, 25, 29, 31, 04, R21
W5, 6, 7, 8
YR30, 31, 23, 24
R21, 22, 24
BG34, 45, 57, 95, 11
B91, 95
YG21, 23, 17
B11, 72, 75

3 thoughts on “Polka Dot Pals Fern

  1. Barbara I am in awe of all your talents!!! You are truly gifted! Your coloring, felting, knitting, your computer skills… the list goes on. Love your animated coloring progression. This card is stunning! You amaze me, and you are humble to boot!! Thank you for sharing your gifts!


    1. Wow, what a comment – thank you Janice! I’m not sure how to respond but this totally makes me blush. Looking forward to another November, and of course, all the little things in between too. 😀


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