It’s Monday which means it’s time for a new Cupcake Inspirations Challenge! This fortnight’s challenge is Woodland Creatures, so grab your foxes, hedgehogs, deer, rabbits, or whatever other woodland critter stamps, dies, papers etc. that you have. For this challenge we are being sponsored by the lovely STAMPlorations, and the lucky winner of the challenge will receive a $20 gift certificate to spend in their store. It’s definitely worth playing along for a chance at that fantastic prize! Maybe if you win you’d like to pick up this adorably appropriate Woodland Friends stamp set.
For my project I decided to use deer as my woodland creatures, and make a monochromatic Christmas card using the Yuletide Deer stamp set from STAMPlorations. (Here’s a blog post and video in which I made three cards with this one stamp set.) I started by stamping the front facing, chevron design deer three times onto a snippet of white card stock using Hero Arts Caramel ink. I double-stamped each one to ensure I got a nice, clear coverage. I then carefully fussy cut each one out and set them to one side.
Next I worked on my woodgrain background strip to go behind the deer. I started with a snippet of kraft card stock, then laid the woodgrain portion of the Hard Textures stencil by The Crafters’ Workshop over the panel. I blended Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige ink through the stencil to create a subtle, tone-one-tone look to give the impression of real wood.
I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue to adhere the woodgrain strip onto my white card base, using a t-square ruler to ensure that the strip was straight. I then used the same glue to adhere the fussy cut deer into place. I first adhered the central one, using the lines on my craft mat to help me line it up centrally, then added the other two into place either side of it. I made sure not to have glue behind the areas that overhang the wood strip.
The final touch was to add the sentiment. I chose one of the ones from the same Yuletide Deer stamp set and stamped it into the bottom right hand corner of my card, again using the Hero Arts Caramel ink to do my stamping, which helped to tie it in with the other elements of the card.
I’m really pleased with how this card came together. It’s one of those designs that came into my head fully formed and the end result is pretty much exactly what I imagined. I admit I would have liked to go cute with the woodland animal theme, but I wanted to use sponsor products on my card, and this was the only stamp set I had that was suitable. I do like the elegant design though, and I think it makes for a fun Christmas card. Of course it could easily be a card for another occasion just by changing up the sentiment. The monochrome browns definitely make it very suitable for being a masculine card, too. Head over to the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge page to see what the rest of the team made (or find them via the links below), and to link up your own project for your chance to win the prize. I can’t want to see what you make!
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Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – Woodland Creatures
Digi Choosday – Anything Goes
Double Trouble Challenge – Wood and Optional: Woodland Critter
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
MFT Sketch Challenge – Sketch (I flipped it to landscape and also shifted the sentiment)
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
The House That Stamps Built – Anything Goes
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)