I haven’t shared any cards for a few days. There’s really no excuse – I still have several cards from the SFL card kit to share with you. Plus given that I recently injured my foot and am having some trouble walking, card making and blogging are ideal activities to help me pass the time! Like I said, no excuse.
The card I made today was a fairly quick one to make. I started by folding myself a card base from my favourite smooth white card. I then used a snippet of the same card and stamped one of the sheep from Clearly Besotted‘s Feeling Sheepish (which I love, but is unfortunately now retired!) onto it using MFT Black Licorice hybrid ink.
Next I took a snippet of green card stock from my snippets folder and stamped on it with the grass stamp from the set. I used Simon Says Stamp Key Lime ink to stamp them. After stamping the grass out five times I die cut them all with the coordinating die.
Returning to my sheep I used my watercolour pencils to colour it in. I stayed fairly simple, using black and grey to colour in the face, ears, legs and feet. I used my old (barely shimmery) Wink of Stella pen as a waterbrush to blend out the watercolour. I did go back in and add a very light amount of pink to the inner ears. I wanted it to be enough to differentiate it from the white of the sheep’s wool, but light enough that it’s not noticeably pink. I also very lightly went over the wool in a circular motion with the grey pencil, blending it out in a circular motion, so as to give some impression of texture to the wool. I then used the coordinating die to cut out the sheep.
With all my elements cut out I started playing around with them on my card base to work out exactly how I wanted to position them. Once I’d got an idea of the layout I wanted I took some of the sentiment stamps from the set and, with the help of my MISTI, laid them out so that I could stamp them just below the images. I used the MFT ink again to stamp them, and stamped a couple of times for a very crisp result.
I then adhered my grass elements into place. I used a ruler to ensure that I got them straight. I considered using foam tape for some dimension, but ended up just using my tape runner for everything.
I have a soft spot for sheep, so I may be a bit biased towards this card! But I really am happy with it. The end result is pretty much exactly how I had imagined it being. The whole process went pretty smoothly from start to finish, and it wasn’t too time-consuming to make. I enjoyed myself with it!
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