Dinosaurs like to party too, don’t you know! I had so much fun making this card. It’s certainly not as detailed a scene card as some of the wonderful ones I’ve seen around, but I think the simpler scene actually quite suits it.
It was the cloud paper that inspired the whole card. I was looking through my stash of papers and spotted the cloud one. I don’t think I’ve ever used it. It has quite a childish appeal to it. Sort of puts me in mind of Toy Story. I decided I wanted to use it and just had to work out how!
The dinosaurs from Pink & Main’s Dinomite set seemed like a perfect accompaniment. I started by stamping out the T-Rex and (I think…) Diploducus onto a snippet of coloured paper each. I then added some extra colour with my coloured pencils for a bit more interest. I then fussy cut them.
You may have noticed that my T-Rex looks like his arm is broken – there is unfortunately a defect with my stamp. I emailed Pink & Main about it and got a very speedy reply and an offer of a replacement – another example of their fantastic service!
So. Next I made my hills. I took a patterned paper for my front hill and a solid one for the back. I made the hill shapes very simply using my craft knife. I then played around with my layout and realised I needed another dinosaur! I stamped the little stegosaurus and coloured it in the same way as the other dinosaurs. I also used my white gel pen to colour its tail spikes. I also used the gel pen to enhance the highlights on their eyes.
Then I needed to make my accents. I stamped the present from the stamp set onto some polka dot paper and fussy cut it, colouring the ribbon and bow with my white gel pen. For the hat I used a different patterned paper and again fussy cut it. I was going to add a pompom to the top but my smallest ones were way too big. Instead I added a little dimension with my snow pen. It actually didn’t work properly (I think I did it wrong) but it looks okay anyway so I don’t mind.
At this point I started gluing my scene together. I adhered the sky to a blue card base using my tape runner, then worked out my positioning and adhered the hills in the same way. I then realised I still needed to add my sentiment. I used my MISTI to stamp it with black pigment ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
I adhered the dinosaurs using liquid glue and added the hat and present in the same way. Then I used my MISTI to position and stamp my balloon so it would look like the T-Rex is holding it. I stamped it again onto a piece of red card and fussy cut the balloon itself to tape over the outline on the card base. I then applied glossy accents all over the red to make it look more balloon-like.
I’m really pleased with how this turned out. It’s just so adorable! These stamps are a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to getting more use out of them. Building a scene was fun too. I think I’d like to try to do scene cards more often, and maybe build to doing more intricate ones.
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – Use Patterned Paper
Pink & Main – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Something New (this is the first time I’d used any of these stamps and indeed the first time I’d used the stamp set, although I’ve already blogged the second card I made with it. I’m fairly sure it’s also the first time I’ve used the cloud paper and possibly the first time I used the green patterned paper, but I’m not completely sure about that!)