Hi Crafty Friends I've got three cards for you today!! Paper Smooches has partnered with Xyron and I'm so excited and lucky to get to be a part of it all!!
For today's project(s) I decided to take inspiration AND participate in the current Paper Smooches Challenge!! If you wanted to join the fun there is still time to participate... the current challenge ends on October 3rd so you can still get those projects in! You can read more about the current Paper Smooches challenge on their blog, HERE!
Here's the sketch for the current challenge:
And here is my take (or should I say takes) on their challenge!!
Nesting Rectangles Die Set (Darice)
Nesting Square Die Set (Darice)
Spectrum Noir Markers- GB1, TN2, TN5, CG2, CG3, DG2, DG3, LG2, LG3,
HB1, HB2, HB3, PP4, BG2
Canson 150 lb Illustration Paper
White Cardstock (Bazzill Basics)
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad (Tsukineko)
Cherry Limeade Stack (DCWV)
Chalklets (EK Sucess)
3D Dots (EK Success)
Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
White Opaque Marker (Recollections)
Foam/ Rubber Mouse Pad (Optional)
I used the Paper Smooches Zoo Crew Stamp set to make all three of my cards. One stamp set plus their easy to follow sketch equals many, many possibilities!
I started by stamping my images onto 150lb Illustration Paper. This paper is made especially for alcohol ink markers and helps prevent bleeding and feathering. I stamped my image using Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad. The ink is important because I needed an ink that wouldn't react to my alcohol markers. Certain inks have a tendency to bleed and smear while using alcohol inks on them.
I stamped the giraffe, hippo, and alligator images on their own little 4.25"x 5.5" sheet a paper... After I color them I want to die cut them out so that size of paper allows me to move my die around and position it where I want the image to be on the shape. I also stamped each image with it's coordinating pun from the set.
**Tip & trick** Place a rubber/ foam under your paper before stamping... helps the image come out crisper when stamping.
Then after I stamped my image I colored in my giraffe with Spectrum Noir markers GB1, TN2 and TN5
I also colored in my other animals with:
Hippo- HB1, HB2, HB3, and PP4
Alligator- CG3, CG4, DG2, DG3, LG2, and LG3
For the cheeks of all my animals I used a little Fantastix bullet tipped stick/blending tool and hot pink chalk from my Chalklets palette from EK Success. Just a little bit of this goes a LOOOOONG way!! Then I added a small white dot on the cheeks to highlight... I used Recollection white opaque marker in Snow. And lastly, I gave each animal a shadow using Spectrum Noir BG2.
For my card base ... I cut regular A2 sized cards from plain white cardstock.
I Fund the perfect paper to use for mats from DCWV's Cherry Limeade stack and ran my 4"x 5.25" mats through my Xyron Creative station and adhered them to the card bases.
I also cut glittered pink and white polka dot paper (also from the Cherry Limeade Stack) and cut out 1.5"x 5.25" strips and used my Xyron Mega runner to adhere it to my matted card base.
Once my card bases were done I finally got to cut out my colored images. I used my Cut'n'boss machine and Darice's Nesting Rectangle Dies and Nesting Squares dies to cut out my stamped image. Totally love the fact that I can cut multiple dies at the same time!!
And, somewhere in between cutting , I managed to stamp out, color an cut out leaves... LOL... what can I say I'm a multi-tasker!! I used Spectrum Noir CG2 and CG3 to color my leaves.
I added 3D Dots to the back of my stamped images for a bit of dimension, adhered them down onto my card base, then glued my leaves onto them using Diamond Glaze.
Lastly, I tied quadruple looped bows out of hemp twine and adhered them to my cards with more Diamond Glaze.
And there ya have it... three cards to enter into the challenge!!
Hope you enjoyed today's project(s)!! LOL
Hope You Have a Very Crafty Day!!