Hello friends and crafters! :)
I am SO excited to be guest designing for Kindred Stamps this month! I can't wait to share my creations with all of you.
If you know me, you probably know that animals and critters are my soft spot. Growing up, I would watch animal related movies on daily basis. Dogs, cats, bears, deer, pigs - you name it! They have always been my favorite. Therefore, creating with the new "Inseparable Friends" stamp set brought me many joys and memories.
I think it's always a great idea to stamp the same image several times to practice your shading and coloring. However, why not turn them into cards?! For my first project, I heat embossed my doggie and fox repeteadly on a piece of watercolor paper. Added some watercoloring and heat embossed a sentiment on a strip of vellum. I didn't want the eyes of my critters to be white, so I added black Nuvo drops to accent them. I also used white Nuvo drops and some white confetti to finish up my card.
I did the same process for my second card but, rather than using realistic shades, I went for a rainbow effect. To be honest, I had just purchased a new watercolor set and I wanted to see how the paints would blend. I didn't initially plan on turning this into a card, but I figured my little sister would enjoy receiving this one! My colors were inspired by the Cute Confections shaker pack from Kindred Stamps. Such a beautiful sequin mix!
Here's a link to the shaker pack: https://www.kindredstamps.com/collections/shaker-packs/products/cute-confections-shaker-pack
Back to a more realistic coloring! My third card involved masking, ink blending, die cutting and creating texture with a score board. I started out by stamping my two animals. The dog was stamped first and then masked. I did also create a mask for the fox, so that I could ink blend over the images. I used Candied Apple and Peeled Paint Distress Oxides on this card. If you look closely, you can tell there is a bit of texture going on. We all know that Distress inks react with water, but I actually used a paint brush direct to paper to create the effect (rather than splattering).
These little guys remind me of a farm and the fun of playing outdoors. I felt like I needed to incorporate that, so I colored a "wood grain" texture for my sentiment strip. The idea was to create sort of a barn look. Lastly, the background, which is nothing more than a piece of regular white cardstock with scored lines. Fun and easy!
I will be back in the near future to share some techniques used on this card.
My final (and favorite!) card features a spinning mechanism. I knew I wanted to create a circle card when I saw the sentiment that reads "We are inseparable". A circle is a no-ending shape, and by that I mean that there's no start and no finish. I also happened to have the perfect die to create the spinning channel. That way, no matter where they go, they always end up together!
And that's it! Thank you everyone for stopping by and for hopping along with us. I am very thankful for the opportunity to be sharing my work with you!
Now, you get to go visit my friends on the Kindred Stamps March Release Blog Hop! We have 7 stunning sets for you to enjoy this month and believe me, several are on MY wish list. I can't wait to hear which you love and must have. Make sure you leave a comment on each blog to be entered into the drawing for a $10 Kindred Stamps store credit! When you leave a comment, please also include your email address so as to find you easier, you can do so in a email (at) address dot com format if you prefer! The winner will be messaged and announced in our Facebook Fan Club!
Good Luck, and ENJOY!
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