Nutcracker ‘N’ Swap


Creative Crafty Friends just hosted a Letter N Swap. At the same time I was checking out digital stamps in Hannah Lynn’s Etsy Store and came across this one I thought was perfect!

I love her girls. This was originally a coloring page – so meant to be printed at 8.5″ x 11″ which is way too large for what I needed. ATCs are 2.5″ x 3.5″ – much smaller. I put this stamp into a word document and shrank it down. Colored her with Copic markers. That splotchiness on her face evens out when she is super small.

I had this gelli print that I cut down to size for the backing. I thought the colors went well together. I added gold epaulets on the nutcracker shoulders with a gelli roll pen and a lot of clear glitter gelli roll on both the girl and the nutcracker. After running her through my sticker machine, I trimmed her out – making her a literal sticker.

Daler Rowney acrylic ink made some super splatters! And this scuba color in the Dyestress line inked the edges very well. All the colors support each other.

All that was left to do was to remove the sticker backing, put her in place, trim the excess and ink those edges. The new owner already has this piece and told me The Nutcracker was her favorite play – so I made a great guess!

Creative Crafty Friends where we do lots of swaps

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8 thoughts on “Nutcracker ‘N’ Swap

  1. So cute! I do shirts for a ballet school each year with the nutcracker on it! This little girl looks like Clara from our ballet! My daughter and son were in it for several years. My son got to play Fritz one year 🙂

    • that is cool! I really love the play – we used to go see it as a home school group in Florida

  2. That background works beautifully with her & I do like the way you used green on the Nutcracker: it immediately lit the colour lightbulb in my head……..add green to blue = teal/aqua. Doesn’t it work beautifully….especially since there’s complementary colour theory in there too.

    • you know, Evy, I don’t get the color wheel or its theory at all. I just go with what looks right to me.

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