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When I Grow Up - Police Officer by Stephen Kropf

When I Grow Up - Police Officer by Stephen Kropf

We asked Stephen Kropf from 'Stampin' Steve' to be a guest blogger for the December release.  Stephen, professional dog groomer by day - card maker by night, lives in Ontario, Canada. He accidentally fell into the wonderful word of card making in 2014 and never looked back. Stamping and Copic coloring are a passion of his and he enjoys sharing that passion with others. To purchase any of the Brutus Monroe products simply go to
When I Grow Up - Police Officer
Hi Friends! It is Stephen here from Stampin’ Steve. I got a call a few weeks back asking if I would be interested in creating a few projects for the Brutus Monroe Blog…it was an obvious yes from me and I am so honored to be here today. I hope you had an amazing Holiday season and are super excited to ring in the New Year with your creative juices flowing. 
If you are not familiar with me, I am am addicted to Copic markers…it is my medium of choice and I enjoy spending my free time coloring. So when my inspiration package arrived from Brutus Monroe and I saw all the amazing images, it was a no brainer that I would be going to my go to medium.
I started by stamping the image with an alcohol friendly ink and coloured her up using my copic makers. I also used a white Prisma Color pencil to add a but of extra highlight and to give my coloured image some extra pop.
I used the following Copics:
Skin - E04, E11, E21, E00, E50, R20
Hair/Dog - E49, E59, E57, E55
Uniform - C9, B39, B37, B16, B34
Gold Accents - Y28, Y26, Y21
Shoes/Hat Brim - 110, T8, T6, T4
I wanted the card to remain pretty simple as far as the layout in concerned and that was to allow the focus to remain on the image. So, I pulled out a few of my tried and true dies that I tend to go to a lot to create the background. I die cut some black card stock using the Burst Die from Avery Elle and backed it with some mustard coloured card stock leaving an 1/8” boarder to frame the die cut. I then did some ink blending using a stencil onto the yellow card stock using Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks. I matted everything together overtop of some navy blue card stock that measured 4.25 x 4.25 to frame it all together.
I cut out the image and popped her up using foam tape and then stamped the sentiment beside her as if she was saying the words herself.
To finish the card off, I simply added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in the color English Mustard.
Until next time - I Hope you have a creative day
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Stephen Kropf - December 30, 2017

Hi Tammy! Thanks so much. The stencil is called Radiating Rays by My Favorite Things. It is one of my favs as well and I use it in a lot of my card designs

Tammy Miller - December 30, 2017

Where did you get the stencil of the sunshine? It is the perfect size! So many of them are either too big or too small! Great design!

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