Furry Friends Forever

Techniques we love…

This cute little card used a variety of papers, techniques, inks — everything!

The focal panel is made from Neenah Classic Crest in Solar White.  I used this paper because it works so well with Copic markers.  This paper allows for smooth coloring and absorbs the ink just right, without bleeding.  Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black is a really good ink to stamp with when you’re coloring with Copic markers.  The inks stay where they need to stay, creating wonderful shading and blending.

The edges of the focal panel are shaded with Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters, a classic in my book.  And speaking of inks, I used VersaMark on the kraft cardstock to create the shaded background of flying acorns!  I love to use this technique because the VersaMark allows you to create lovely monochromatic backgrounds with ease.  There are two types of faux stitching — a fine black line of stitching on the top edge of the focal panel and white gel pen along all the edges of the kraft cardstock.

This happy group of animals scrunched themselves onto the front of the card — those bunnies sure add up!  To provide the dimension, I masked the bunnies by stamping the bunny image onto a regular piece of white paper and then cut out the image.   These clean images are so easy to cut out, too!  Lay this mask over the stamped image and stamp again, but this time slightly over the first image.  When you remove the mask the second stamped image appears to be standing behind the first.

(1) Stamp image  (2) Place the mask over original image  (3)  Stamp 2nd image slightly over 1st  (4) Front & Back

The furry friends are part of an adorable 3″ x 4″ clear photopolymer stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop called Furry Friend Forever.  This smaller set is perfect for anything from an autumn card, like I’ve made here, to an Easter brunch invitation next spring!  The images are a great size, plus you get several “accessories”, like an adorable log, and several cute sentiments.  Here’s how I finished the interior of my woodland pals card…

Hello Friend

Lots of techniques give this simple card a stylized look.  The right paper, stamp set and inks are key to creating fun cards and layouts.

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