Sunday, August 7, 2022

Let’s Curl Up

Hi there!

My two cards today use the My Favorite Things Let’s Curl Up stamp set and coordinating dies. I think the little foxes in this set are simply adorable and I couldn’t wait to put them on a card and show them off!

I colored the foxes in both of my cards today using Copic Sketch alcohol markers:

Body:              YR23, YR27, E99, E29

Tail/Cheeks:   W0, W1, W3

Ears:                E11

For each fox, I stamped the image using Gina K Designs Obsidian Amalgam ink onto Copic Xpress It paper. I love Gina K’s Amalgam ink for Copic coloring because it doesn’t smear if you touch it with the markers.

Since I am still fairly new at coloring with alcohol ink markers, I find it takes me longer to get a good blend. The Copic Xpress It paper keeps the marker ink wet just a few nanoseconds longer than other cardstock and gives me that added bit of time I need to get the blend the way I like it. If you are new alcohol markers I highly recommend you try the Xpress It paper. For me it makes a world of difference!

Once I had the foxes colored, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

I used the My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Circle Stax die to cut out a circle to highlight each of the fox images. For my first card I cut the die out of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock and for the second card I cut it out of Bazzill White Linen card stock.

Let’s Curl Up


For my first card, I stamped the sentiment “Let’s Curl Up Together” in the bottom center of the Neenah Solar White circle using Gina K Obsidian Amalgam ink, then glued the curled-up fox image above it.

For my background, I cut a base layer of patterned paper from the Honey Bee Stamps Autumn Afternoon 6×6 paper pad about 1/8th inch smaller than my card front and glued it in place. I then cut two other colors/patterns of paper from various patterned card stock in my scraps and glued them sort of wonky on the front of the card.

This type of background is a great way to use up your scraps!

Next, I cut a piece of Fun Stampers Journey Corrugated Stock in a strip to fit across my card and tied a piece of twine around it, making a bow. I situated the bow off to the left so that I could fit the fox circle to the right of it and off-center.

I attached the fox circle to the card using double-sided foam adhesive and finished off the card by adding in a few gems from my stash.

I’m Sitting Here Wishing I Was There


For my second card, I glued the sitting fox onto the Bazzill White Linen circle – positioning it to the right side of the circle so that I could accommodate a sentiment.

I created the background for this card the same way I did the previous one – only in a landscape orientation – and glued it to the card front.

I stamped the sentiment “I’m Sitting Here Wishing I Was There” using Gina K Obsidian Amalgam ink on Neenah Solar White 80# card stock. I used the Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels die to cut the sentiment into a strip and create the arrow shape on one end.

I then layered the sentiment onto a piece of Fun Stampers Journey Corrugated Stock.

Next, I assembled the card by attaching my sitting fox circle to the right side of the card using double-sided foam adhesive. I added the sentiment by popping it up on foam as well – doubling the foam to the left of the circle so that the layers worked, and the sentiment strip laid flat on the card.

I wanted to add a bit of interest with my embellishments, so I used various gems and sequins from the Honey Bee Stamps Autumn Afternoon Sequin Mix. That pack has so many unique little bits in it that it was hard to decide what to use!

I just love the colors in these cards and how the fox takes center stage!

Thanks for stopping by today!

All my best,

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Jean

Designer & Content Creator

I love to make cards and enjoy trying out new techniques and products. My artistic “style” differs almost daily – it just depends on what I’m making, the look I’m going for, who the intended recipient is, and, well, sometimes just the mood I’m in.

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