My original idea for today’s card was very simple, until I decided I needed to fussy cut both images! There’s a punch for the moose, but nothing for the raccoon (is it a raccoon?)! Fussy cutting the raccoon wasn’t too bad, but the moose had a white edging all round it, and had to come off! I punched it out first, and then fussy cut from there. I find fussy cutting a punched shape easier than fussy cutting from a scrap of cardstock (CS).
I stamped both images using black Memento Ink on Whisper White CS, so I could colour them using my Stampin’ Blends. I painted the raccoon with the Light Crumb Cake Blend, and then added some highlights with the Dark Crumb Cake. After I had blended it in with the Light Crumb Cake, I painted the log and the moose with the Light Soft Suede Blend, highlighted it with Dark Soft Suede, and blended it in with the Light Soft Suede!
Whenever I fussy cut images without leaving any white space, I always go over the image with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker Pen, to cover up any visible white edges. If you watch my videos, you’ve probably seen how I use my pen with the brush pointing upwards, and approach from the back of the image. Doing it this way, if my brush slips while I paint the edges, I get a mark on the back of my image, not the front!
For my background I used the blue forest design from the Feels Like Frost Specialty 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP). Another part of my design was to make it look like framed picure, i.e. with the wider Whisper White CS edge all around. This gave me the opportunity to cut the DSP down to a relatively small size, and keep all the trees and snow, but very little sky!To build my card, I started with a card base in Seaside Spray CS, and a layer of Whisper White CS which I’d embossed with the Subtle (3D) Dynamic Embossing Folder. To calculate the size for the DSP, I took off ¾” from the top and bottom measurements. Next, I decided where I wanted my design to start on the left-hand side, and measured over to the right-hand side. For the height, I measured from the bottom upwards. I was very pleased with the scene I ended up with!
I adhered the front of my card together, and decided to add my Dazzling Diamonds next, and then, using Tombow, I adhered the moose and the raccoon. They didn’t adhere down straight away because of the Dazzling Diamonds. I put them under a heavy weight for a few minutes and they adhered really well. The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set, and was stamped with black Memento Ink, and then punched out with the Classic Label Punch.
I adhered the sentment with Dimensionals in the top right-hand corner. This didn’t cause any problems because I didn’t put any Dazzling Diamonds that high! For the inside of the card, I took a layer of Whisper White CS and stamped the raccoon in the bottom right-hand corner. After I had painted the image the same as I did on the front of the card, I adhered it inside the card using Tear & Tape.
I did think about adding the scarf and Christmas hat on to the moose and raccoon respectively, but decided against it. I didn’t want my card to be too jokey! That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime, happy crafting!
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