Talk about going from one extreme to another! Yesterday’s
card was clean and simple, and today’s card is quite busy! It’s
what I call a Topsy card! Like Topsy in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, it just
grew! LOL! But it’s what I’d describe as a happy Springtime card.
The trigger for this card happened yesterday when one of the
Post It Note masks for one of the hedgehogs, fell out of a different
stamp set that had nothing to do with Hedgehugs! I inked the
hedgehogs first to test them on some scrap paper, which showed that
my Early Espresso Ink Pad was in urgent need of re-inking.
After this had been done, the images stamped beautifully. I painted
the mushroom stamp by hand using Real Red, Garden Green and
Early Espresso Marker Pens, and stamped the image in the right-hand
corner. I painted the stamp again, and put the mask on the hedgehog
before I stamped the image towards the left hand.
I repeated this twice more and did the left- and right-hand side
on the Whisper White Cardstock (CS) layer for the inside of the card.
For the grass that the hedgehogs were standing on, I used two
small grass stamps from the In the Trees Stamp Set (this set
is retiring on 31.05.18), with Garden Green Ink.
The bees are from the A Little Wild Stamp Set, and were stamped
in Early Espresso. Next I coloured their bodies with Daffodil
Delight Marker Pens. As I always do with bees, I painted their
wings with Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pan.
The birds are from the Flying Home Stamp Set (this set is also
retiring on 31.05.18), and I stamped them in Early Espresso. I
coloured them with Crumb Cake Ink, and a Blender Pen. To soften
the background from being a stark white, I used a Dauber with
Soft Sky Ink. I daubed all over the sky area I could without
touching any of the images.
To put the front of the card together, I took a layer of Soft Sky CS,
dry embossed it using the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing
Folder and adhered it to a layer of Garden Green CS. I punched two
strips of more Garden Green CS, using the Decorative Ribbon Border
Punch, and adhered one on top and one on the bottom of the image strip.
To complete the front of the card, I added three large Rhinestones
in the top right-hand corner, and a bow in some retired Pool Party
Ribbon just below the grass! To complete the inside of the card I
added a layer of Soft Sky, and then added the Whisper White Layer
with the mushrooms I’d stamped in each of the bottom corners
Oh, I forgot! The sentiment is also from Hedgehugs and stamped
in Early Espresso Ink, and I painted the flower the hedgehog is
holding with my Real Red Marker Pen. That’s about everything……….I think!
So until tomorrow, have a blessed day, and happy crafting!