Thursday, 7 July 2011

Personal Challenge

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to win second prize in a give away on Sue Wilson's blog.  Sue sent me two sets of Creative Expression stamps - Vintage Sewing and Big Game Animals.  I was delighted to win and the Vintage Sewing set appealed to me immediately.  However, I wasn't quite as drawn to the Big Game Animals as I don't do much 'scene stamping'.

Being a contrary sort of person I therefore decided that my challenge was to use the Big Game Animals set first.

I uhmmed and ahhed and played with the stamps and the giraffe quickly became a favourite.  A bit more inking and stamping and I decided I quite liked how it looked stamped multiple times and decided that would be the focal point of the card.

I had started with bright colours - which actually looked quite funky - but the arrival of a stack of Tim Holtz Core-dinations card moved me towards the oranges and browns. I finally settled on Rusty Hinge, Dried Marmalade and Antique Linen.

I layered the stamped giraffes onto a piece of plain card coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I used my Cuttlebug and a bubble embossing folder to emboss a piece of Walnut Stain Core-dinations and sanded it lightly.  I liked the way it echoed the giraffes spots on the stamp.

I created and then printed the stand TALL in Craft Artist (stand in DuTomChe font and TALL in ColdSpaghetti BTN)(how cool is that font name?).  I cut it out and layered it onto another piece of card coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I used some lightly sanded Rusty Hinge Core-dinations for the base card and added 3 small adhesive pearls that I coloured using a Burnt Sienna Pro-Marker.  (How is it that despite having a gazillion colours of adhesive pearls I didn't have any brown ones?)

I like the finished card even though I don't have a recipient in mind just yet.


  1. Very nice effect with the three giraffes.

    Cold Spaghetti is possibly the best font name ever. Not sure about naming something "rusty hinge" sounds like something that would require a quiet chat with a pharmacist.

  2. Love this card Soo, great use of the stamp and I think the sentiment is genius. Have you thought of entering to become part of the Creative Expressions design team?


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