How many times have I done something for a card, promised myself to never do it again, and ended up doing it? Well, this is one of those times. Last time I fussy cut the monkeys from this stamp set I told myself I wouldn’t do it again because it was so fiddly. And guess what, I did it again. In fact I had to fussy cut it twice to get the layers for this paper piecing!
I started by taking my side fold green card base and, using the narrow vine from The Cat’s Pajamas’ Go Bananas stamp set, stamped down the side in dark green ink.
Then I took a circle of yellow from one of my snippets containers. I took the two banana stamps and used Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink to stamp them repeatedly over the circle to give a pattern. I then used brown ink to stamp the larger of the two monkeys onto the patterned circle.
Next I took a snippet of light brown and a snippet of dark brown card stock and stamped the monkey onto each with the same brown ink. In hindsight I probably should have used black, because the lines of the brown ended up disappearing too much, which made the fussy cutting extremely difficult. It got to the point that I had to guess where the lines were… Thankfully it turned out reasonably well. I also stamped the banana the monkey is holding onto a piece of cream and a piece of yellow card stock and fussy cut those too. Very fiddly!
I used my glue pen to adhere each of the layers of fussy cutting over the original monkey I’d stamped onto the yellow circle. I also took a black pen to add the eye, nostril and mouth to the monkey’s face as they were not showing well enough. I then added in a little subtle shading with some colouring pencils – perhaps a bit too subtle, as it doesn’t seem to show up now…
I cut down a snippet of darker green paper to create my sentiment strip, and stamped one of the sentiments from the same stamp set before heat embossing it in clear for a subtle look. (I guess I was aiming for subtlety in this card, which is odd given how bright it is!)
I used some liquid glue to attach the circle behind the sentiment panel, then put foam tape on the back of both of them to add a bit of dimension. As a final touch I added three yellow gems to help tie the yellow in to the rest of the card.
I can’t decide if I like this card… I don’t dislike it exactly. I guess it could make a sweet card for a child. I do feel like it’s missing something though. And I guess the difficulty I had with the fussy cutting could be lowering my opinion of the card overall!
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TCP Tuesday – Get In Shape (I used a circle, and a rectangle – the sentiment strip. The gems are also circles!)