It’s the most magical time of the year {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, everyone! Hope you’ve had a great weekend. I thought I’d share with you a gift tag before we get to a new week and a new month tomorrow. I sat down to color Flannel the racoon from Purple Onion Designs, and a friend of mine suggested pink and silver for a color combo. Not my go tos for Christmas (well, silver kind of is), but I had so much fun with this. I always do when she suggests colors for me.

I went with a really bright pink, colored in the image with my Copics and did some serious fussy cutting, before adding 1 mm foam squares to the back. I also stamped one of the sentiments from the Holiday Blurbs II set using Hibiscus Burst ink from Papertrey Ink, fussy cut it leaving a thin white border and added 1 mm foam squares to the back. I even added some sparkly sheer shimmer spray to the raccoon. He’s very sparkly and shimmery in real life, even though the camera couldn’t quite capture it.

From a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock, I used the largest of the dies in the Stitched Traditional Tag STAX die set from My Favorite Things, masked off a curved line towards the bottom and ink blended a gray sky using Charcoal, Soft Granite and Wet Cement ink from Hero Arts, as well as Soft Stone ink from Papertrey Ink. The Charcoal is fairly dark, but the Soft Stone super soft, giving a nice gradient feel. I sprinked on chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous and heated the tag from behind to melt the granules for a snowy effect on my background.

Going direct to paper, I colored a scrap of Bristol Smooth with the Hibiscus Burst ink pad that I used for the sentiment, before using one of the tiny dies in the Tag Builder Blueprints 6 die set from My Favorite Things to create my reinforcement piece. I think the faux stitching on the circle matches the stitching on the tag perfectly, one of many reasons why I love my MFT dies, they’re so awesome to mix and match. I added a bit of Cotton Candy twine from Whisker Graphics and a charm from my stash near the top to complete the tag.

Not a lot of colors for this one, but I did my best to make the pink really pop against the other colors.

6 thoughts on “It’s the most magical time of the year {Purple Onion Designs}

  1. Love your coloring! I’m kind of new to following your blog, may I ask what paper you use for coloring? I did some searching through posts but didn’t find it.

    • Thank you so much! I use X-Press It blending card for all my Copic coloring. I think I mention it in the odd blog post, but they’re probably few and far between. I’m not very consistent with that, I’m afraid. It’s the paper I’ve found that works the best for me, and I’ve tried a whole heap of others. I always go back to the X-Press It, have been using it for about nine years now.

      • Thank you so much for the reply! I have some X-Press It cardstock. I’m starting to pull it out more and use it, I’ve been coloring on Neenah 80# and wanting to get better blends. I love that you include the Copic colors you’ve used because it seems like the proper color combos also make a huge difference. So glad I came across your blog! I occasionally post on my own blog, but post frequently on IG if you are ever hopping around.

      • I’ve never had much luck with Neenah. I don’t have the 80 pound version, though, only the 110 pound. The Neenah is a little yellow for my liking too, I prefer the bright white is the X-Press It.

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