It's the 18th of the month and that means it's time for some midmonth inspiration at Stamping Sensations! Our theme is Animals, Birds and Bugs, there is still plenty of time to join us if you haven't already and you may enter up to 3 different creations for more chances to win our prize from Stamp Addicts.
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I decided to make a Christmas card as I know it'll be here before we know it, and with the way things are going, cards need to be mailed sooner than usual this year. My sketch was inspired by a sketch I found on Pinterest.
This little guy is actually part of the stamp Holly Jolly Critters. It's a pretty long stamp including 4 critters, but they each work individually too for different card options.
Stamped with Versafine Onyx ink and I colored with Distress inks and Zig Clean Color markers. The image has then been cut out with a basic circle nestablities die, then I inked with Tumbled Glass Distress ink. I layered the image onto another die cut shape, this time I used a Deckle die set I had found marked down at Michaels, but there are plenty of similar sets available.
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An old Stampin Up paper piercing tool has been used along the edges, more inking with distress ink and then I flicked some ink directly onto the white paper before adhering to the patterned paper (by Stampin Up - old). I tied some silver cord around the card before adhering to the card base and before attaching the image panel. I used foam tape to adhere the image panel.
For a sentiment I decided to dig out my old "Merry" die which I've had for many years from my time as a Whimsy Stamps designer and "Christmas" is part of a wood mounted Merry Christmas" stamp by Stampabilities, also old and found in the Clearance bin at Hobby Lobby some years ago.
Frosted Lace stickles glitter was applied for some snow and fur on the hat.
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