Have to Love a Two-fer!
Stamp, ink, Paper # 188 challenge is to use a favorite stamp set, ink, and paper. Easy choice – Animal Expedition Suite, which I absolutely love. Paper Players # 430 is a sketch challenge, and it really fit this suite.
Here are the challenge icons:
So much fun to create this card! Here it is:
How could you not love this suite?
The colors in this suite are just as wonderful as the stamp and die bundle. The pattern on the background DSP includes Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party, which impacted the colors I featured on this card. The Pool Party cardstock was run through the Big Shot using the Subtle TIEF. Crossing my fingers and toes that this TIEF carries over! A different patter of the DSP was layered on the cardstock. I used a third DSP pattern for the horizontal strip of paper.
Now, the fun and relaxing coloring part. I stamped a rhino on a piece of Whisper White and then used the Stitched Shapes square to crop it out. As usual, I used a marker to enhance the stitches in the ditch, in this case I used Lemon Lime Twist.
Next, I stamped another rhino and cropped it using the Animal Outing thinlits. I originally colored the rhino with the Basic Black light and dark blends. I also colored the bird, but used Stamping Write markers along with the Lemon Lime Twist blends. After adhering mini-dimensionals to the back of the rhino, I layered it directly on top of the originally stamped rhino. Then I added the sentiment and had to just use my trimmer to get a size that would fit on the already layered card.
After finishing the card, I let it sit overnight. When I came back the following night, I decided I colored the rhino using the wrong blends. So, I again stamped and cropped it and started coloring again but used the Basic Grey blends. What a difference! Then I carefully layered the new rhino directly over the too dark rhino.
Here’s a close-up of the dimension I achieved with the mini-dimensionals and the two layers of rhinos:
I especially like the shadows created by the popped up rhinos and am glad I stamped a rhino on the underlying mat.
Finally, I used yet another DSP pattern to decorate the envelope flap. For the front of the envelope, which you can’t see, I stamped the giraffe from this adorable stamp set.
Now, I am happy.
Thank you for stopping by today. This two-fer was fun to create.
Have a Peachy day!
CAS(E) This Sketch #278
This week’s challenge is super simple, but took me a couple of days to figure out what I was going to do. I knew I wanted to use Animal Outing DSP and finally decided exactly what I would do. As with the vast majority of sketch challenges with which I play along, I look at the sketch just a couple of times and then let it roll around in my head until I get an idea.
Here’s my card:
Here’s the CTS#278 sketch that inspired my card:
The trio of adorable animals and the sentiment banner were taken directly from the sketch. The sentiment, from the Animal Outing stamp set, was the perfect size for my banner. I stamped the sentiment, trimmed the length, and punched the banner, albiet non-symmetrical.
Kangaroo, Iguana, and Sloth ~ Oh My!
All three of the animals came from one sheet of DSP. This whole stack is absolutely adorable, and I had a difficult time deciding which three to use. In the end, it came down to which ones I could get out of a piece of DSP smaller than a 6 x 6 inch square. The animal print DSP is on the reverse side of the animals, and I thought it would calm down the Berry Burst in the mat and the strip of DSP (also from Animal Expedition) going down the front. In order to try to further calm down the DSP patterns, I matted the Berry Burst on Pool Party, also taken from the DSP colors.
After cropping out the squares using the Stitched Shapes framelits, I used the Soft Suede Stamping Write marker to color in the stitches in the ditches. Then I thought that trying to mat these squares would be just too much for this sketch. Therefore, I used a tip I picked up from Mary Deatherage, of Stamps-n-Lingers, during one of her weekly FB live videos. I’d always outlined the borders of paper by tap, tap, tapping it in the ink pad. Mary uses the broad tip of the markers to outline the borders. Winner!
Here’s a close-up of the kangaroo faux stitching in the ditch and the colored borders:
The colored borders really add dimension without adding another layer. I love this tip and have used it quite often since I saw it.
Dimensionals, Mini and Regular
These little pieces of dimensional happiness were the finishing touch to the card. I popped the sentiment on mini-dimensionals and tucked it under the sloth. Regular dimensionals provided the lift needed on all three animal squares. While I know the sloth needed to be upside down, I first placed it right side up. I realized my mistake and very, very carefully pulled up on the square, reapplied a couple of dimensionals, and then placed it down correctly. Yeah, me.
The simplicity of this sketch inspired my layers and mats. I wanted something to ground the animal squares, which is why I added the DSP strip.
Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope you are inspired to play along with this challenge.
Have a Peachy day!
Animal Outing Fun
When I first saw this product suite, I was sold! I ordered the whole suite on my last order and finally had time to play with it today. The theme challenge for Global Design Project # 143 is Love it, Live It, Share It. Well, I love this suite and will be sharing cards from it often.
Earlier this week, I stumbled across the Take Two Clean and Simple Sketch Challenge. I thought the sketch layout would work with the Animal Outing suite, so I combined both challenges.
Here’s my card:
Here are the challenge sketches:
Have to Love a Challenge Sketch
When I am able to combine a theme challenge with a sketch challenge, I am a happy crafter.
I used the Smoky Slate light and dark Blendabilities to color in this adorable rhino. While I knew I wanted some sort of color on the tusk, I didn’t want it to be Smoky Slate. I first colored in the tusk with the dark Blendability, and then realized my mistake. Therefore, I pulled out the Color Lifter Blendability and just kept un-coloring (is that even a word?) throughout the whole card making process. The cute bird is colored with Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist Stamping Write markers, highlighting the colors in the DSP.
This Animal Expedition DSP pattern choice was made because I definitely wanted a bold contrast with the Whisper White base. I trimmed a piece of the DSP for the strip on the left side of the card. There is a border on the sketch, so I placed the DSP on a Smoky Slate background.
I pulled the Lemon Lime Twist color out of the DSP, and used it for the Stitched Sketch die cut and the base of the card. The Whisper White background was necessary for the clean look, but I didn’t want a plain white background. Therefore, I embossed it with the Leaf TIEF, which really creates a deep embossed image.
I really think the Stitched Shapes need some dimension, so I used the Lemon Lime Twist marker to “stitch” in the ditch. This simple stitching adds this finishing touch, so I do it very, very often with these dies.
The sentiment was actually an after-thought because I realized after getting the rhino and the DSP strip on the white background that I had forgotten a sentiment. I had that exact piece of DSP left from my first cut, so I turned it over and stamped the sentiment on the lighter side. The sentiment is popped up on dimensionals, and I used the clear Wink of Stella to highlight just the letters.
Finding a balance on this card proved challenging. After adding the leaf ribbon, I decided that the card needed something else. I pulled out the Faceted Dots from the Share What You Love suite and started putting them on the sentiment, then in the upper right corner, then the large one on the bottom left. I might have gone overboard with the dots when trying to balance out the card.
My card layout matches the sketch challenge. I covered the GDP theme challenge by using what I love in the Animal Outing suite, and the sharing part from the Share What You Love pre-order.
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