Today we are having a little playtime over at the STAMPlorations Blog in the form of a Mini Stamp Release Blog Hop.
The sets is one that is sure to get your creative juices flowing. PETS, designed by Shirley Bampton aka The Bee's Knees, is fast becoming my favourite. Here it is:
Aren't these critters just adorable? For my first card I used one of the cats and combined it with the bar code strip from the Mixed Media Grunge set.
I stamped the catty character in Jet Black Archival Ink on white Centurs Pearl card, watercoloured her with Black Soot, masked, stamped the bar code in Strawberry Slush and Crushed Curry, added my sentiment and finished off by rounding three of the corners.
The pearlescent finish of Centura Pearl adds a touch of luxury to this quick and easy card.
Next up is something more involved as I decided to give all the dogs an outing and combine them with the chevrons from the Mixed Media Grunge set and some of the stamps from the recently released Houses Extras set. The result was the following concertina tag card ...
This is what it looks like folded up from the front and below is the inside once opened ...
I used one of my first ever dies, Tag - Super Traditional by Sizzix, to cut my card, I folded my card first before aligning it with my die and running it through my Big Shot. As I wanted something quick to colour my background, I decided to ink up an acrylic block, it exactly fitted the width of my tag panels, with Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi, spritzed a little water on it and stamped directly on the panels. Next I added a light colour wash to the tops. Once dry I added some trees and flowers roughly colouring my trees with ink picked up with a dried baby wipe. As I wanted to keep the sketchy feel I added some doodles to the trunks and trees using Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi and Early Espresso markers. Next I stamped, coloured (Promarkers) and fuzzy cut the dogs, attached them to my card, added the sentiments, chevrons and borders and finished off with a few sequins and ribbon.
Please hop along and comment for your chance to win this fabulous stamp set. The hop will be open until 11.55pm Pacific time on Friday 11th September (GMT: 7.55 am Saturday 12th September). You can find all the projects and links to my participating teamies here on the STAMPlorations Blog.
I am entering my cards at:
Craft Stamper September challenge - Take a Stamp, Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes
Time Out - Make your Mark, the doggy card used markers
Moo-Mania - Landscape, the doggy card for landscape background
Crafty Calendar - Anything Goes
That's it from me for today.
Have fun hopping!
these are the other sets I used by STAMPlorations, links are in the above text