Just a warning: this project contains adult language!
Guys, it is nearly impossible to make a card featuring everyone's favorite monster hunter without using his most-used phrase. So I didn't even try! Thankfully, the awesome team at Kindred Stamps included the phrase as a sentiment option in their new set, Monster Hunter.
In playing around with a design for this set, I came up with something that I loved so much, I created a bonus project while I had all of my tools and supplies out. I chose to make a book mark, but you could adapt the design into a slimline card if you wanted to!
To start, I pulled out my KS Dragon Scale stencil and placed it at the 1" mark of a piece of Bristol paper cut to 4" x 5 1/4". I inked on the design using blending brushes and a mix of Distress Oxide inks: Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, and Forest Moss.
For the bookmark, I cut a scrap of Bristol paper to 2" x 6", and used the same technique on it at the 1/2" mark.
For the card, I next used the Lawn Fawn Grassy Hillside stencil to make the background, being very careful to mask my dragon pattern. I inked the grass with Bundled Sage distress oxides, and darkened the top edges with Forest Moss. I then smooshed my ink pads on my glass mat (any smooth surface would work), added water and flicked on specks using a very small paintbrush.
Once dry, I used the My Favorite Things Cloud stencil to ink the sky. A light hand and a combination of Hickory Smoke and Milled Lavender distress oxides gave me the perfect look. I gave the sky the same texture treatment as the grass, and set the panel aside to dry.
To color my monster hunter, I used a mixture of gray alcohol markers. For his boots and straps, I used markers in the W family. For his armor pieces, I stuck with the T family. His hair was done using C1, C2, and C5.
I added small details to the armor with a white gel pen, and used a metallic gel pen on the silver elements.
I fussy cut both images and went around the edges with a black marker. I attached the image to the background of the card using foam tape. For the bookmark, I used a strong liquid glue.
I then mounted both projects on a green piece of cardstock and added the sentiments.
There you go! Two quick projects that come together easily. I sometimes struggle to make simple card designs, so I will definitely be challenging myself with more layouts like this.
Tricks and Takeaways:
Alcohol markers, especially Copics, are very pricey. If you're like me, and are slowly building a collection, you may have missing spots in your color families which can make blending difficult. When that happens, I use the chisel tip to scribble the darker color of my blend on my glass mat, and then I use the brush tip of my lightest color to pick up some of that ink. The result is a medium shade that is the perfect blending solution!