This week at Just Us Girls Challenge #668 my talented teammate Nancy chose "Coloring" for our new CAS theme! I have had this Paper Smooches squirrel for a very long time and love how you can have him hang from different things that give you such a chuckle! I wanted to make a silly card to give a smile to its recipient, and that is how this card came to be.
Paper Smooches: Hang Ups stamp set
My Favorite Things: Watercolor Wash Square and Mini Clouds stencils
Sugar Pea Designs: Stitched rectangle border die
Our Craft Lounge: Sparkly Fluff in Brown Sugar (for the tail)
Versafine: Onyx Black ink
Wink of Stella pen
Ink blending brush
First I stamped my branch and squirrel on a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" white cardstock panel, then made masks for them. I taped down my watercolor stencil (frame) onto the panel, then made cloud formations with the different edges of my cloud stencil, moving it around inside the "square" to make a sky. I made sure to blend ink on the inside of the borders of the "square" to show its shaped edges. I removed the masks from the branch and squirrel, then stamped the front paws again on another scrap of white cardstock. I colored the branch, squirrel and all of his paws (including the two extra ones). I fussy cut the extra front paws and glued them on top of the original ones so that it looks like his paws are holding onto the branch.
Next I stamped the leaves here and there and colored them. I adhered the soft furry fluff on his tail with a glue pen, then stamped the sentiment while the tail dried. Finally, I added some Wink of Stella sparkle to the edges of the clouds.
I die cut the completed panel to get the stitching around the edges, then mounted it onto an A2 white card base.
We sure hope you join us for this simple, CAS challenge this week! See you in the gallery!