Happy Huawp day, all y’all! Time is flying by – except for when it isn’t. I know that you know what I mean, cause I know that happens to everyone! It’s almost February. Hard to believe – but it’s true! And when it is…the Stamps-N-Lingers ordering special will be gone, baby, gone!
Also coming to an end is the availability of a few fun items in the Sale-A-Bration flyer. If you don’t remember what they are…check out my post from yesterday!
For today, I pulled out a new stamp set that I’ve been itching to play with. And also dreading! I’ve seen so many pretty cards – with superior art and coloring of these images – out on Pinterest…I’ve been a little afraid to throw my offering in the ring. But…I did it today! It’s the pretty new In The Meadow stamp set from the Occasions catalog. And I combined it with a sentiment from the Sale-A-Bration stamp set called What I Love. Take a look-see:
The design was inspired by the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge, #156. Have a gander at their site when you get done here, okay?
I made this card using a panel of Canson 90lb Cold-Pressed Watercolor Paper (that I picked up at Michael’s) for the card front. My first step was to stamp the deer in Crumb Cake in the middle of the panel. Then I stamped the image again on a sticky note (with the mama’s head/ears in the sticky part!). And then – yes, brace yourself! – I fussy cut them out of the sticky note. Including the spaces between their legs. Yes. It was a bit tedious…. 😉 But then I had a mask!
I stuck the mask over the deer and began to layer on the foliage. The trees in the background are one of the images from the In The Meadow set – I inked the stamp with Mossy Meadow and stamped it off 3 times on scrap paper before I stamped each image onto the card front. This is all right over the top of the masked-off deer!
I also used my Blender Pen – with no ink – to kind of soften the trees in the background. All it took was to kind of gently go over the images with the clean Blender Pen. I think it makes it fade into the background even more – and evokes a misty morning.
Or maybe that’s just me! 🙂
For the foreground foliage, I used Mossy Meadow again and just did a series of stamps – full strength ink – stamped again once or twice without re-inking…until I got them kind of surrounded by bushes. Then I pulled the mask off the deer.
I colored them in with my Blender Pen. Mama is done in Soft Suede – and Smoky Slate. Deer where I come from are really more grayish than brown – so I wanted to highlight that fact with the mom. Baby is all Soft Suede. I tried to get some highlighting on their bodies. I have to tell you – this watercolor paper is wonderful to work with! No pilling or pulling or anything. Very nice stuff!
I used my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker to highlight their eyes and ears just a tiny bit. Once they were done, I came back with the foliage stamp again in Mossy Meadow. This time I went smack across them, to give the impression that they’re standing amidst a field of grasses. Which is pretty much what they do! 😉
I wanted to “finish” the scene a little, so I used my Night of Navy and Mossy Meadow sponges to added a little color to the sky and around the bottom edges. My sponges – SU! sponges cut into about 6 wedges each – are kept in a baggie. Not my most organized way to do business (anyone have a different idea for storing them?) – but they tend to keep a little moisture in them. So…when I need just a brush of color, I can usually just pull one out and use it without putting any more ink on it. That’s what I did on this card!
Finally, I got busy with the cute little…bugs? Butterflies? Moths?….image from In the Meadow. They’re all stamped in Smoky Slate and then their little bitty wings are colored (lightly!) with my Pool Party Stampin’ Write Marker. Note: there is a right way up and a wrong way on this little tiny stamp. I know you know how I know this! 😉
I SNAILd the focal panel to an Early Espresso card stock mat. Then I wrapped a piece of 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon around the panel and secured it in the back with scotch tape. For the sentiment banner, I stamped the In the Meadow sentiment in Mossy Meadow on a piece of Very Vanilla – then I cut the ends with my Washi Label punch. The mat is a piece of Mossy Meadow – cut with the Washi Label punch – and shorter than the sentiment. I layered them together with SNAIL, and then used Glue Dots on the back to loop some Gold Metallic thread. Then I used a combo of Stampin’ Dimensionals and Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere it to the Burlap Ribbon. And the card front was done!
On the inside, I stamped the sentiments from What I Love (one of the cool Sale-A-Bration sets that you can earn FREE) in Mossy Meadow on a panel of Very Vanilla, matted on a piece of Early Espresso. Since it’s a photopolymer set, I didn’t need my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig or anything to line the two images up. Then I added more Mossy Meadow foliage (stamping twice without re-inking) and some Smoky Slate bugs. With their Pool Party wings. Hey – I don’t even think these are real bugs! 🙂
So then I SNAILd the inside into my Blackberry Bliss card base, and popped the front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals – and the card was done!
I pulled out a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope and stamped In the Meadow foliage and obviously-not-real-Smoky-Slate-and-Pool-Party bugs on the front. I didn’t make a liner this time – I didn’t have paper with me here that seemed like it worked with the card – so I didn’t even try to fake it!
Et Voila! My first attempt at using the In The Meadow stamp set. Hope you like it!
Tomorrow is the Happy Stamper’s Weekly Blog Hop. I’ve got another birthday card to share – this time at the….other….end of the age spectrum! 😉 Hope you’ll come back to see what I’ve got up my sleeve and to check out all the offerings from the Happy Stampers ladies. We’ll be live at 7am Eastern!
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