I have been wanting to scrap Anna's karate belt accomplishments but was sort of stumped on how to go about it. This sketch totally unblocked my mind and I saw the light! The vertical stripes would represent the belt colours and the stars on the side are a great motif to mimic Ninja stars which they do use in her training.
My variations on the sketch were to keep the vertical stripes the same width and I machine stitched the edges to look like the stitching on her belts. The different sized stars are cut out of balsam wood- yes real balsam. I bought some wood business cards from Lee Valley Tools and these run through diecuts like butter. I stamped and Asian script on some of the stars. I omitted the large star in the background and opted for a kraft paper background with a notebook border punched on the edges to represent the study and dedication required of Karate.
For some whimsy I included a digital stamp from The Greeting Farm and coloured the belt red with copic markers. The stamp image on my page is actually a combination of 2 stamps. See below, I used the head from Anya (the girl in the middle) and the body of kicking Ian. Then the light bulb when off (again)...with digital stamps I can actually flip Ian to kick the opposite way and now I have 3 'bodies' to use. Neat eh?
One last note: If someone is making a list out there on what inkjet printers work well with Copic Markers here is my experience:
HP 8500 - REALLY AWFUL..heat setting doesn't make it any better
Canon i9900- Good, and Excellent if you want to heat set before colouring.
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