Long Live Q*bert!

When I was in college MANY years ago, one of my favorite things to do between classes was hang out in the arcade in the student center and play video games. Of course, from the look of things on the university’s website, it appears health and fitness are taking center stage these days for campus recreation. There definitely wasn’t a spinning studio on campus when I was a student, that’s for sure! LOL

Anyway, back in the day when I was playing video games in the student center, my three favorite games were Frogger (I held the high score for a while), Tempest, and Q∗bert. When I saw the Cube Builder Stencil in the June release from Altenew, I knew I had to buy it to create a card as an homage to my days spent whiling away the hours playing Q*bert.

Mel's Card Corner | Long Live Q*bert

I thought about actually replicating the colors from the original game, but ended up deciding against it. While they were great colors back in the early 80s for a dimly lit arcade, they didn’t exactly seem like good colors for a greeting card a few decades later. Instead, I decided to focus on the teal color which on one side of the cubes in the game and work from there to select coordinating colors.

For the first round of stenciling, I used All That Jazz ink from Catherine Pooler Designs (exclusive Stamp of Approval ink color which won’t be available in her shop for a few more months). Of the ink colors I have, it reminded me most of the teal color from the game. I used some Frog tape to secure my cardstock and stencil to my work surface then used a mini ink blender and filled in all the openings on the stencil. Next, I rotated the stencil and blended on some Aquatini ink, also from CPD. For the final rotation, I used Mint to Be, also from CPD, to complete my cubes. I then lightly blended over the entire panel with the Mint to Be ink to soften the white areas still showing.

Mel's Card Corner | Long Live Q*bert

Since my main panel had so much going on, I decided to keep the rest of the card very simple. I trimmed the stenciled panel down to 3-7/8 x 5-1/8″ then matted it on a piece of 4 x 5-1/4″ black cardstock. I then adhered the matted panel to a top-folding landscape card base.

For the sentiment, I used one of a hugs dies from My Favorite Things. I cut it out using black cardstock then adhered it to the card using Multi Medium Matte from Ranger. I went over the entire word using a clear Sparkle pen from Spectrum Noir than added a coat of Glossy Accents on top of that to give the sentiment some shine and dimension.

Until next time …

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  1. Maggie B says:

    Hi Mel ~ Fabulous color choices in your homage to Q*Bert! Very nicely done and I like the way you lightly went over the entire panel so the white spaces weren’t quite so stark. Thanks for sharing…I love this stencil and bought it the moment I saw it. ~HUGS~

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