Monday, June 29, 2015

Gothic Character Piggy Bank

First, I want to welcome my 2 new followers: Carol L of Our Little Inspirations Blog and Kathy of KT Krafts.  I know Carol had an issue with the follow button, so I'm glad the work around work for her.

So this was a project in the works that I wasn't necessarily planning to finish this weekend, but I saw that Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog's challenge was Let's Go Gothic.  And since I was already using 4 of the Tiddly Inks's Gothic characters, I figured I would finish this project and post it over there. 

This is going to sound like a random tangent, but I have point, so stay with me.  I have horrible allergies. Due in part to living in Florida and probably in larger part to the fact that I have 2 dogs and 2 cars and I'm allergic to both.   So I go through a fair amount of tissues.  And I dutifully recycle the boxes.  But about two months ago, I was looking at another empty squarish tissue box, and I thought, I'm sure I can come up with something crafty to do with that. And thus today's project was born.  Actually, this is the second box I started on.  The first one is still not done.  It is going to be a paint brush holder.

Today's project is a piggy bank.  I wanted somewhere I could put my spare change.  And store bought piggy backs are a hassle to get the money out of.  But a tissue box is designed so you can reach in and get the last tissue.  So I figured I just needed to pretty it up.   Here's the before picture.

And the after pictures:

I started by using my silhouette to print and cut 4 Tiddly Inks digi stamps.  Then I colored the images with Copics. 

I'll start with Precious, since I colored her first. 

You will notice that I did not get creative with the shading of her skirts. As I mentioned a few posts ago, I can never figure out where the shadows and highlights go.  Although, I am happy with how her hair came out.  This is one of my favorite color combos.  I know it isn't very gothic but since this is for me, I went with what I like.   For the background, I tried to create a peachy base with my Brushos but it didn't work.  So I pulled out Distress Ink in Dried Marigold and colored the base.  Then I dropped a few crystals of turquoise Brushos.  I used mod podge to attach the base and then to attach the image, with a coat over top to protect it.  I was happy that the mod podge didn't smear the Brushos or the printer ink.  I've used it over images stamped and colored with Copics before, but this was a first time with a digi image.

Next is Owlette.

For her, I used one of the sample cards on the Tiddly Inks website for an assist with the shading of the skirt.  And at first, I didn't think it had blended well enough and I wasn't all that happy with it, but when I came back to it a few days later, I was pleased with how it came out.  Background was created with Brushos in Ost. Blue, Ultra Marine and Cobalt Blue. 

Now Pricilla.

I did a Google search to ideas for coloring her skirts.  And I forgot to keep track of what image I used as the inspiration.  Although, none of the images I found had black hair and she was just begging for black hair.  So I went with the black, and I don't love her hair.  Her background was Turquoise (?), Violet and Purple.  I did figure out that Purple has more red tones in it and the Violet is more blue.  So I won't be using the Purple with the blues again.

Finally, Maria.

I could not find an image for an assist with coloring her skirts, so I tried it on my own.  And I'm feeling underwhelmed.  As soon as I got done with her, I realized that the highlight should have been where I put the shadow.  To create the pink background, I used Ost. Red and White.  Then after that dried, I added a few crystals of Leaf Green. 

I was just looking at he and realized she is crooked.  Oh well.

Here's the top. 

Brushos in Turquoise, Violet and Sea Green.  I used a Spellbinder's oval die for the opening.  It wasn't exactly the right size, so I added some liquid pearls to over the cardboard that was showing.  Oh, and I removed the plastic that was in the hole. 

Copics Used:

All the faces - E000 & E00 


Dress - YR00, YR01, YR02, BG10, BG13, BG15, BG18

Umbrella - V12, V17, C-7, C-3

Hair - E00, E08, E09


Dress - B14, B16, B18, B39, BG000 (meant to grab B000), B32, B34, B37

Owl - E21, E23, E27, Y38

Hair - Y11, Y15, Y17

Feather - V05


Dress - v12, V15, V17, BG000, BG01, BG05, BG09

Hair - C-0, C-1, C-3, C-7, C-10, 100 (Yep I used all the cool greys I have)


Dress - RV000, RV02, RV04, RV06. YG06, YG09

Hair - E21, E23, E27, E29

As I said, I'm going to enter this over at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog - Challenge 160 Let's Get Gothic

Thanks for stopping by and please come again.  


  1. You're quite resourceful in using an empty tissue box to create this amazing re-make! The images are all so precious and I love the colors! Well done - now take a bow :)

  2. What a great project! So cool that you used four different Tiddlys! Thanks for joining us at Tiddly Inks.

  3. Very creative way to use a tissue box! Love the Brushos background and your Gothic Girls look great! Good luck with your challenge. ta ta for now, Kathy

  4. Oh, Wow! What an amazaing project! It looks so, so good!!! Thanks for joining us over at Tiddly Inks!
    Hugs xx
    Raluca - DT

  5. How creative are you?! This is spectacular! Thanks so much for sharing with us in our Gothic challenge at Tiddly Inks! Myndi, DT xx

  6. oh what a fab way to use a few of those gorgeous images!! I'd be wanting a constant cold!! he he!!
    Thank you so much for sharing it with us over on the Tiddly Inks challenge blog
    hugs Lou xx

  7. What a really great project. it looks like a lot of work, but boy was it worth it. Thanks so much for joining our Let's Get Gothic Challenge at Tiddly Inks. Good luck x

  8. Lovely project! Working out shadows and hilights is tough, but you've done a great job. Thanks for entering at the Tiddly Inks Challenge!

  9. Such a great project and fab that you've used 4 Tiddly Ink images. Such wonderful colouring, I especially love how you've done the folds in the deep blue dress. This is just perfect for our 'gothic' challenge this week. Thank you for sharing and joining in with the fun at Tiddly Inks this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

  10. Wow fabulous ideas with the tissues boxes Sarah! I love the idea for paint brushes too. Your girls are so pretty and I love the coloring you did on each one! I'm amazed at the shading you did!! I would have never been able to get the looks you did. Give yourself a pat on the back my friend! Hugs, Brenda