Now the new Christmas Mini Catalogue has gone live, I’ve started using some of my new products. I don’t think this will include Christmas products just yet – it’s still a bit too early for me! I chose the squirrels because it’s a two-step stamping set and I love squirrels. We used to get lots of them visiting our garden but they seem to have disappeared!
My first step was to have a look on Pinterest to see what colours crafters had used for the squirrels. Here in the south of the UK, when we do see squirrels they are grey. I believe the further north, especially in Scotland, they get red squirrels. Although there is a great selection of cards on Pinterest, I didn’t see anything that inspired me. I use Pinterest for inspiration, rather than for cards I can Case.
Next, I decided to have a look at my sketch folder and picked out a layout that I thought would work well with the two squirrels. The layout was a 2.5″ square overlapping a 2.5″ circle, plus a banner. My original idea was to have the squirrel with the acorn in the square and the other squirrel in the circle; half hidden behind the square. I wanted it to look like the circle squirrel had his eye on the square squirrel’s acorn! In the end I decided the images were too big for our regular A6 (A2) sized card.
I chose to keep the square squirrel and the banner. My card was looking a bit on the dark side so instead of making a Mossy Meadow Cardstock (CS) Banner, I pulled out thin strips of Old Olive and Mossy Meadow CS from my cardstock scrap wallets. Next I glued them alternately onto a piece of Mossy Meadow CS until I had a strip that was a bit slimmer than the squirrel image. I fishtailed the end and adhered it on my top layer which was a piece of the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper (DSP).
I stamped the squirrel using Black Memento Ink and grounded him with Light Mossy Meadow and painted a Light Pool Party shadow around his body using Blends. For the two-step stamping on the squirrels body I used Grey Granite Ink, Soft Suede Ink for the acorn cup and Crumb Cake for the lower part of the acorn. I used the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment from the same stamp set and stamped it in Grey Granite Ink. I added a bow I’d made with a piece of retired Braided Linen Trim and used a Mini Glue Dot and some Tombow to adhere it in position on the banner.
To decorate the inside of the card, I took a middle layer of Basic White CS and stamped the squirrel with the acorn in the bottom right-hand corner, just coming off the page. I coloured him in the same way as I did the image on the front of the card. My final touch on the front of the card was a Bumblebee Trinket and I adhered it in such a position that it looks as if the squirrel is looking at it! Next time I use this stamp set I’ll probably fussy cut them both – time will tell!
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card. My first job for today is a trip to the dentist! I’m having a crown made for a tooth I broke on Christmas Day. That’s it from me today. Take care, stay safe and happy crafting.
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Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”