As usual, this set is full of cute and punny sentiments, and I used the birthday wishes sentiment for this card but I’m just waiting for the occasion that needs a “EARS to you” card!
I stamped the images for this card and the following one, with Versafine Onyx black ink onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock, then colored with Tombow markers and a wet paint brush to blend the colors. I used the coordinating dies to die cut the elephant, and layered him over top some random punched leaf shapes and Silhouette cut leaves from my stash.
I also die cut a hexagon shape from a tiny check patterned paper using the smallest die from The Stamp Market and added the layers of leaves and elephant to that. I wanted to add some interest to the sentiment so I stamped it on more Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock and added some color behind it with Altenew inks smooshed onto an acrylic block and painted on with a water brush. Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper is not exactly watercolor paper but it’s closer to it for the way it allows paint or pigment to blend before absorbing into the paper like Neenah paper does. I also added some splatters with more watered down ink and a very wet paintbrush.
In an unexpected move, I tucked a leftover piece of the same patterned paper used to mat the leaves and elephant image, alongside the left hand edge of the card panel. It doesn’t run the complete vertical length of the card and it feels fresh and sassy as a result!
My next card sends a big message with a little image! I love the little mouse in the Ella and Edward Elephant stamp set, (although I loathe them in real life!!) So I stamped him up, colored and die cut the little guy and added him to a stitched square die cut with that simple message/reminder to dream BIG!
I matted the die cut square with a scrap of green patterned paper and adhered that over top a nest of black thread.
I ran a cardstock panel through the Sizzix machine in an embossing folder called Grid, by Carta Bella. I trimmed it slightly smaller than an A2 sized card base and layered it over a stripe patterned paper mat before adhering everything to a card base. Very simple, quick and cute!
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