Wednesday, March 25, 2015

mama elephant ella & friends

Today I'm sharing my second elephant card this week, but this time with Mama Elephant's Ella & Friends stamp set. This elephant is a little bigger than the WPlus9 elephant that I shared on cards here and here. I love that this stamp set has several other little animals as well like the little mouse. It makes a sweet card for a friend with the "Remember, you've got a friend in me" sentiment. 

The details: 

This card base is a standard A2 size on kraft cardstock. I cut the blue striped paper with a stitched rectangle die at 5 x 3 3/4", and I cut the green paper with half of the same rectangle die, and then again with a hills border die.

The elephant and the mouse were stamped with versamark ink and colored with prismacolor pencils. I colored the elephant with the lightest of the warm greys, and the mouse with the lightest of the french greys, and blended the pencil lines with the Prismacolor blender marker. Then I cut out the elephant and mouse with the matching dies. The hearts were cut from Lawn Fawn's heart dies. I stamped the sentiment first on vellum which made it easy to move around on the card to see where I wanted it, but I decided to stamp it directly on the striped paper.

I used foam tape to adhere the grass, top of the elephant and mouse, the larger heart, and also the panel to the card base. Foam tape is my favorite dimensional adhesive because it's not as thick as foam dots. I like that the elements are only slightly raised. I used dot roller adhesive to adhere the bottoms of the elephant and mouse and the smaller hearts.

The blue striped paper is from this paper pad, but the green and pink papers were leftovers I had from past card kits. Hope you enjoyed today's elephant card! I'll be sharing a flower card next time. :)

I'm linking up today with the Simon Wednesday challenge. Check it out here for lots of inspiration!

Monday, March 23, 2015

wplus9 unforgettable elephant

Two stamp sets featuring elephants have been released lately and they are both so incredibly cute! First is the Unforgettable set by WPlus9, and then there's Ella & Friends by Mama Elephant. I can't decide which I like more! I made a couple cards with Ella & Friends over the weekend that I'll be sharing soon (still need to photograph them), and I made this one with Unforgettable that I'm sharing today.

The base is a standard A2 size made from kraft cardstock. I cut a panel of solar white cardstock with a stitched rectangle die sized 5 1/4 x 4". I cut the green patterned paper with the same rectangle die and then again with the slopes and hills dies. The elephant, balloon and hat were colored with prismacolor pencils and cut out with their matching dies. I used tumbled glass distress ink with a blending tool to color the sky. I stamped the flowers on the background and then colored them with pencils also. I tied pink twine around the green paper and attached it with foam tape, along with the elephant and balloon.

I shared another card in this post using the Unforgettable stamp set and distress inks if you'd like to see more with this same elephant stamp. And I'll be back soon with even more elephant cards!! Hope you have a lovely day. :)

Friday, March 20, 2015

mft circle scribble flowers

Today's card features the Circle Scribble Flowers stamps from MFT. I love the whimsical style of this stamp set! The smaller buds and vines are from the Mama Elephant Freestyle Florals set. I like the way the two different styles of flowers complement each other when arranged together. The "bonjour" sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Gleeful Gardens stamp set.

Here's how I made this card. The base is the standard top fold A2 size, 5 1/2 x 4 1/4". The striped patterned paper was cut with a stitched rectangle die at 5 1/4 x 4". I love this size because of the way it shows just a narrow border of the base. The base for the flowers was cut with MFT's notepad die. I cut the white and pink banners with a banner die. I wasn't sure which one I wanted to use for the sentiment so I tried them both. I decided I liked the sentiment stamped on the white banner, but with the flag facing the other direction so I recut it, and I cut another banner from the pink paper to use as an accent. 

The flowers and leaves were stamped with Lawn Fawn's new inks which consistently give the best coverage of any ink I've tried for solid shapes like these. (the yellow flower is Hero Arts butter bar.) The buds and tiny vines were colored in with copic markers - R21, R22 and YG05. I cut a strip from some scrap patterned paper with a portion of the same notepad die, and then cut it 1/2" wide to fit perfectly along the bottom of the notepad paper shape. I adhered the striped panel to the card base with liquid glue. Then I adhered the notepad paper shape to the the grey striped panel with foam tape.

I arranged the flowers as shown onto the notepad shape, popping up the yellow flower with foam tape, and the pink flower with foam dots because I like the different dimensions together. Then I added the yellow strip along the bottom and the two banner shapes.

If you like flower cards, I shared another using only the Freestyle Florals set a couple days ago here. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!