If you’ve followed me here or on Instagram for any length of time, you know that I love animals and animal stamps. The Furry Friends set lets you create lots of animals: bears and pandas, foxes and raccoons, horses and unicorns, and deer and more deer! Oh my!
For my first card, I stamped the deer image using a light gray ink so that I could do some no-line coloring with my Polychromos pencils. I cut the image out using the coordinating die and set it aside (which is always dangerous in my craft room – I may never find it again! Haha!)
Then I used some of the smaller images to stamp a custom background on my card base and colored the images with colored pencil. I adhered the deer (and its little bow) using foam tape. Easy peasy!
For my next card, I was inspired by the video that Jennifer McGuire recently released using the partial die-cutting technique. I decided to use my partially-cut pandas as a layer rather than part of the card base.
I stamped the bear head with panda details along the middle of a piece of cardstock cut down to 4.25 x 5.5″ and then ran it through my Big Shot three times (once for each panda). Well actually, I ran it through about 9 times because I kept messing it up. But anyway, the trick is how you place your cutting plates – Jennifer has more than one great video demonstrating this technique, so go check out her Youtube channel if you want to learn more.
For the background, I again used some of the smaller images to create a custom pattern. I wanted this to be a birthday card and to use the “party animal” sentiment, so party hats and bow-ties all around! I filled in the images using the coordinating solid stamps and a set of pastel inks from Altenew. I adhered the panda layer to card using foam tape and added a few enamel dots to finish off the card.
My last card is another super quick and easy one. I stamped and colored the horse, along with the unicorn horn and flower crown to make the most adorable (and on-trend) unicorn. I colored the images with Polychromos colored pencils. I cut out the images with the coordinating dies, assembled them, and threw caution to the wind and set the image aside.
Next, I trimmed down a piece of watercolor paper, applied a wash of water, and sprinkled on some Color Burst in Violet. This is a water-reactive powder that creates really fun backgrounds. The colors can separate, adding some really interesting effects. I had actually made another panel, but thought the purple was too dark and solid, but I didn’t want to throw it away, so I grabbed the banner die from the Banners and Blooms bundle to make a pretty coordinating banner for the sentiment. I cut it in half, as I only needed one banner.
To finish off this card, I added a few Nuvo Jewel Drops in a matching shade of pale violet and adhered the panel to my card base using craft foam. Lots of dimension.
That’s all for me this week. I want to thank Concord & 9th for their generosity and the opportunity to guest design for them this month. This release was amazing and so much fun to create with. Thank you all so much for visiting and I hope that I’ve inspired you to get crafty!
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