Cancer Zodiac

Time for a new chibi release over at Scrappers Delights and as always, there is a VIP deal with the Zodiac sign. This time the sign is Cancer and the image is a mermaid with a treasure chest and some crabs.

I again designed this card in Silhouette Studio. I wanted to try a new technique here in that I added the background image to my 5x5 square and then added the .png version of the digi over it so that the color from the background image showed through the mermaid digi. I added the sentiment and also the word Cancer. The word Cancer digi is also a .png, but has the center set to white and so it covered the background image. I wanted to see how my pencils would react when coloring over computer ink. I printed the design out onto Daler-Rowney drawing paper.

I colored the mermaid, the treasure chest, the crabs and the word Cancer with my Prismacolor colored pencils. There was a little muting of color where the background ink was darker, noticeably over the darker blue shade of the sea before it merged into the seabed. You can see the difference between the crabs and the word Cancer - both are done with the same orange combo. I colored the mirror and the coins in the chest with a gold gel pen and that was interesting. The coins that are printed over the dark blue background have a greenish tinge to them as the gold gel pen reacted with the blue printer ink. I did not mind the result as we are dealing with a mythical sea creature and her treasure chest here. I colored the anchor and the handle and latch on the chest with silver gel pen.

I completed the coloring by using a purple sparkle gel pen on her bead strings and a white gel pen on the bubbles in the water. Once the coloring was done, I cut the square out and adhered it to an orange cardpanel and that in turn to a 5.5x5.5 cardbase.

Head over to see the new release at Scrappers Delights and if you get all three new chibi images, you will get this sweet Cancer zodiac bundle for free.

Supplies Used
Digital Files
Scrappers Delights Chibi VIP Cancer digi

Daler-Rowney Drawing paper
Recollections 110lb heavyweight cardstock
Oramge cardstock from my stash

Coloring Medium
Prismacolor colored pencils
Gold, silver and purple glitter gel pens
Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen

1/8 inch Scor-Tape

Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine
Epson Expression ET-2650 Ecotank Printer
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  1. Monica, I love how you added this png image over your background. Everything comes together so seamlessly. Your darling image is colored to perfection, as always. You inspire me with all your techy creativity. I really enjoy the flexibility of creating in Cricut Design Space. I couldn't live without it now. xo Nancy

  2. Beautiful colouring MOnica, this is a sweet image and lovely design as always by you.x

  3. Lovely card, the design!
    Hugs D xxx

  4. Such a cute card and image - you did a great job thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Monica, such beautiful coloring on this image...absolutely perfect. Love the background, too.

  6. So glad you have joined us at CraftyCatz this week, your card is so cute.x

  7. Beautiful scene and great colouring -the technique sounded a little technical for me I am a print and colour or stamp and colour otherwise that's me out
    Carol x

  8. Hi, Monica! Your coloring skills with PC pencils is amazing! What a gorgeous, fun card! hugs, de

  9. I'm with Crafty Stamper on the just print and colour! However, I love to hear about your experiments, Monica and I have to say the coins actually look like aged copper ones with the green tinge! A beautiful card in every way! xx

  10. I just came back and read how you did this on the Silhouette. Amazing! I did to try some different things with the Silhouette. I haven't used it in ages!

  11. Lovely colouring of this cute image!
    Thank you for joining Creative Moments.
    💝 from Africa!

  12. Colors and the technique of coloring make it impossible to take your eyes off the card. Great inspiration, Monica!