A few things to note:
- The Christmas deadline has passed. They are now collecting Valentines day cards
- The deadline to get your Valentine's day cards in is January 7th
- Joann's is giving $50,000 to the charity with the most votes. If you can spare a moment please go vote for Operation Write Home. You can Vote Here
- Archway has offered to match cards for cookies. If we can meet the goal of 4000 cards they will send that amount of cookies to our soldiers :) You can go Here for more info
To start I stamped my images on inkadinkado's masking paper.
Next you'll need to rip a piece of card stock in two. Keep both pieces you'll need them. I've used this particular piece on a few other projects.
I cut a panel of white card stock at 5 1/4 x 4. I lay my ripped card stock next to the panel to get an idea where I want my bird to be. When building a scene you have to stamp first what you want in the forefront. Sometimes (like in this case) it means doing it with just a general idea of where your other elements are going to fit in. I stamped the bird. All my images are stamped in jet black archival ink by ranger. This way I don't have to worry about them mingling with my distress inks.
I mask off the little bubbles when I inked.
You'll need your second piece of ripped card stock to mask the sky and color your ground. (sorry for the terrible photo I took this picture like 20 times and they were all bad )
remove horizon mask.
I removed the mask and stamped my sentiment inside. Then I used a black gel pen to trace around my pencil mark and cut it out.
Here is my favorite part . . . .the coloring!! I used distress inks and my H20 penFor the bird: barn door and fired brick
For the squirrel: vintage photo and worn lipstick
For the tree stump: walnut stain.
For the tree trunks: walnut stain
I added some shading to the tree and tree stump bases with peeled paint. I then adhered the panel to a Kraft card base.
I popped the sentiment up on foam and adhered it over the previous stamped cloud
Here are some close ups
first is the glossy accents
Here is the finished card again, I did move my sentiment up a little. I felt like it was consuming my wee little squirrel. :)
Moving on to the giveaway
I had a wonderful experience shopping at I Heart Papers last month. Kate is so sweet and very professional.
So in order to reward you hoppers and spread the word about a great store I am giving away a $20.00 gift certificate to one random commenter. Leave a comment by midnight on Sunday, November 14.
You don't need to be a follower to win. I want you to follow because you want to not because I made you :) however I would love if you did want to follow. Also I do hope you'll go check out the store I would never recommend something to you that I personally didn't think was excellent.
So on to the next blog with you and God Bless!!
I know Melissa at What do you (th)Ink? has super cute creations in store for you!