This card I made for a friend who I wanted to give a big hug because she is always thinking of others.
But she lives too far away for a physical one so I send her a mail hug.
I thought I had a critter stamp with a bouquet of flowers behind his back, I didn’t. What I had in mind was a embossing folder I used to have.
So I had to look through my stamps where I found this lovely shy mouse from Docrafts and a Magnolia Tilda stamp with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. I decided to make from these two stamps one image.
I first stamped the mouse and Tilda on a piece of copy paper. I had in mind to put them on the lightpad so I could trace them, copy the image and print it with my laser printer on to some watercolour paper.
After stamping both I realised that I could do it much easier by stamping my mouse on my watercolour paper directly en than trace the bouquet with a lead pencil on to my paper using my lightpad.
When I was satisfied, I added more flowers than in the original bouquet, I traced them with my Pit Artist Pens.
I also drew a little tag on the bouquet with my pencil with the word Zomaar (Dutch for Just Because) on it and traced this as well with my Pit Artist Pen.
I let the pen dry well, although I didn’t plan to use a lot of water with my colouring. Better on the safe side.
I pulled out my Distress Inks, waterbrush, a paint brush and some water and started water colouring my image.
I had almost forgotten how I love to watercolour with my Distress Inks, lately I used only my coloured pencils and Zig markers.
To make the stripes on the mouse’s shirt I coloured them first with Peacock Feathers, let them dry and then I coloured the whole shirt using the same colour. This way, the stripes get a second layer and are darker than the rest of the shirt.After finishing the colouring, I put the image aside to dry.
I took a other piece of watercolour cardstock and put some Aged Mahogany and Rusty Hinge on my craft mat and sprayed it with some water with my Distress Sprayer. I dragged my paper through the ink to make a background. When I was satisfied I put this aside to dry.
My image was dry and I die cut it in to a panel with a Nellie Snellen Dotted Rectagle die.I used my Dark Red pencil to shade the flowers a little more. And to make the flowers a bit more of interest I used my white gel pen to make some dots. This I had seen Kelly Latevola do (http://www.kellylatevola.com/) and loved it.
My background was also dry and I used the same die to cut this in a panel as well.
To incorporate the Peacock Feathers also on the background I added splashes with a small paint brush and did the same with Aged Mahogany and Rusty Hinge. When I was satisfied I put this aside to dry.
I took a piece of white cardstock for my base card, I glued a panel that was a bit smaller from turquoise cardstock.
Then I added my background panel with 0.5 mm. foam tape on top of the turquoise panel.
After that I placed my panel with the mouse on top of this, using 0.5 mm foam tape where the panel was on top of the background panel and 1 mm. foam tape where it hits the turquoise panel.
And with some writing and a big hug inside I finished this card.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Stazon Ink Jet Black
Faber Castell Pit Artist Pen Black Fineliner
Docraft Stamp PMA CCP907201 Mouse
Magnolia Stamp – Tilda with Helleborus
Distress Ink – Aged Mahoganie, Rusty Hinge, Peacock Feathers and Pumic Stone
Waterbrush and a small paint brush
Ranger Craft mat
Ranger Distress Sprayer
Nellie Snellen Die set MFD088 Straight Dotted Rectangle ( Dutch brand)
Faber Castell Polychromos 225 Dark Red
Sakura Gelly Roll pen White
Turkoois and White Cardstock