I started out by creating a mask so I could stamp out the pasta within the bowl. I used a die from the Skinny Circles Frames to trace a line onto a strip of Heffy Tape. I cut this out and centred it towards the top of a blending cardstock panel. I used a larger die to trace lightly the back part of the bowl so I had a stamping guide.
Next came a whole lot of stamping and masking! I created two masks for the pasta pieces out of some more Heffy Tape and just stamped away using some Lawn Fawn Jellyfish ink. I then lightly traced out the rest of the bowl.
I stamped out the two pasta piece characters either side of the bowl. I love the little basil leaves! Then began the colouring…
I started out with the reds, as I know they tend to bleed if I’m not careful around the edges. I used some deep reds to contrast the yellow pasta pieces. I used the darker markers to add in some of the texture on the pasta pieces, blending out with the lighter markers to soften the effect.
I carried on building up the scene, adding to the shadows when the pasta pieces were behind others. I used some lighter browns for the background to bring the bowl and pasta pieces to the focal foreground.
As usual, I saved some of the finer lines for my coloured pencils. Increasing the shadows and highlights really helps to bring life into the card. Just make sure you keep a pencil sharpener handy!
I also added a shadow and highlight to the rim of the bowl.
And finally, I stamped out the punny sentiment centred at the bottom in some Versafine Clair ink.
A fun scene that I will be sending to my father on his next birthday!