Hey Crafty Friends! Happy Saturday! Amanda here, sharing 3 easy fruit themed cards with the June Hedgehog Hollow kit. This kit is jammed pack with fruity goodness. Who knew fruit themed cards could be so fun?!

Usually, I would have a video tutorial for you, as that is my preferred format, but there was a delay with my kit and it wasn’t supposed to get here until the day this post went live. However, ended up showing up a day early, so I snuck in a card with the stencils last minute. Anyways, since I was working with a digital version of the kit, I wasn’t stamping or doing any of those techniques on camera. It was all on my computer, which you wouldn’t be doing with your kit. I don’t often share my coloring on screen anymore, so I didn’t record that. In the end, I just decided to do a blog post with no video.

Let’s start with this watermelon card, the first of out fruit themed cards.

I started by stamping the watermelon stamp from the Farmer’s Market 6×8 stamp set, included in the kit repetitively all over my card panel, which is roughly 3.625 x 4.625 in. I used an A2 layering die set. That’s why the numbers are so strange. I just pulled the measurements off the specs for the layering set. I twisted and turned the watermelon stamp and made sure to stamp several off the page to make it appear just like patterned paper would.

Next, I colored the panel with Copic markers. I used YG17, YG67, G29 for the darker stripes and YG01, YG23, YG01 for the lighter stripes. For the darker stripes, I started with the darkest color in the middle and worked out to the lighter colors. For the lighter stripes, I used the darker colors on the outer edges and the lighter colors in the center. I made sure to use squiggly/uneven lines while I colored, instead of straight lines, similar to how the black stamped lines are drawn, to make the image look more realistic.

After I was done coloring, I mounted the card panel on a piece of Tiptree Jam cardstock that is roughly 4.875 x 5.625 in (the largest die in my A2 layering set). I stamped my sentiment in Color Hive Eclipse Black Ink on a pierced circled die from Spellbinders. Then, cut out a squiggly die cut from the Sew Sweet Trims, another Spellbinders die set on Eclipse Black Cardstock. I popped the sentiment circle up using some foam tape and that finishes off this card.

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Next, let’s go over this fun combined fruit card, the second of our fruit themed cards.

Like I said, I was working with a digital version of this kit. So, I didn’t have to do conventional masking. However, if you were to re-create this card, you would obviously need to create masks. You would want to create a mask for the orange. Stamp it first, place your mask over it. Then, stamp either the pear or the peach, it doesn’t matter which, since neither of them overlap, in this example. Then, stamp them. After you have stamped both of those, you can remove your mask and move on to your coloring.

For the pear, I used a variety of Copic markers. However, I’m going to direct you to visit Sandy Allnock’s video Basic Shading: Hues for Copic Coloring 4 Fruits. She can teach this way better than I can ever hope to. I used her tutorial on both the pear and the peach. Even though the images aren’t the same, the basic principle and color combos apply here.

For the orange, I was kinda on my own. I used a glazing technique to get the shading and depth I wanted. I colored in my shadow areas with YG63. I colored completely over that color and extended beyond it with YR68. I blended that out with Y38 and used Y35 for my highlight color.

Once I was done with coloring this panel, I added a peice of brown plaid ribbon with a little SCOR Tape. Then, I mounted the fruit panel onto a piece of Hyde Park cardstock, which I thought was a nice contrast color to my fruit. That finished off my second card.


Last, but not least, I did do this stenciled card when my kit showed up last minute. This is the third of our fruit themed cards.

This month, we have a layered stencil to play with. Layering stencils are all the rage and they are so fun! This one separates out all the bits and pieces of the different colors on the fruits, which makes putting this fun background together a breeze! Let me show you an easy way to use these stencils.

I placed my panel into the corner of my Tim Holtz stamp platform. I also have a Sizzix Sticky Grid in my platform, but you could put magnets down after you lay your stencil in place or if you have another type of sticky mat (Cricut, Silhoutte, etc) that would work too. Just make sure that both your paper and your stencil ALWAYS remain in the corner. I always recommend you start with a larger piece of cardstock than you want your finished piece to be. I didn’t and you will see why this is important later.

I placed my stencil on top of my cardstock. Again, my sticky grid held this in place fine, but magnets or whatever you have will work too. With this particular set of stencils, it doesn’t matter which one you start with or what order you go in. None of the images will be overlapping. This stencil is the bannanas, lemons and the bottom of the pineapples. So, I chose to ink this in Squeezed Lemonade. Then, once I colored to whole thing in that, I used a smaller brush and went over the bananas with a second layer of Squeezed Lemonade to make them darker than the lemons. I used that same small brush to add a little Mustard Seed to just the Pineapples to make them even darker.

This is what that looks like all stenciled in yellow. I removed this stencil and added the next stencil. I chose to do the greenery next.

Here is the second stencil laid on top. I forgot to mention earlier, that if you have the Tim Holtz Platform, like I do, the great thing about this platform, is that you can remove the door to get it out of the way while you do this.

For the greenery, I covered the whole stencil in Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. Then, I went over the pineapple tops with Peeled Paint, using the small brush. For the strawberry tops, I just gave them I second coat of Mowed Lawn and for the lemon leaves, I went over them with Twisted Citron. It just kinda brightened them up a little. It was subtle, since Mowed Lawn is darker than Twisted Citron. I kinda think of this technique as similar to Copic glazing.

I kinda got in the groove and forgot to take a few pictures in between. This is why I prefer video format. I get too distracted by crafting to stop and take pictures. Haha! Anyways, I’m pretty sure you get the point here. For the reds, I used that small brush for all the fruits, instead of filling in one color and then going over some with another color. I chose Abandoned Coral for the watermelon, Candied Apple for the strawberries, and for the cherries, I decided to try to make them look like the reddish yellow Rainer Cherries by using a combo of Candied Apple and Spiced Marmalade. If I had to do that again, I think I would used Fossilized Amber, instead of Spiced Marmalade. I think they turned out a little too orange, but maybe that’s just me being picky.

This picture also shows why I would start with a bigger panel than you want your finished panel to be. You can see how on the left and bottom there is about 1/4in of white space that I didn’t account for where the stencil had a bit of a border for it’s structural integrity or whatever you want to call it. I ended up just trimming down my panel. It isn’t a huge deal, but if your card design depends on your panel being a certain size, then start with a larger panel.

To finish off the card, I mounted it on a piece of British Racing Green cardstock. I also used that to cut a strip from a Pink and Main stitched slimline die, the smallest in the set and a Concave Rectangle die, the second smallest in the set. I ran the stitched strip down the middle of my panel and cut the excess off. I stamped my sentiment and white heat embossed it on the Concave Rectangle and popped that up on foam tape. That finished off my last card for today. I hope you enjoyed these 3 easy fruit themed cards.

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