Collected Crafty Collabs Hop | Oh Crab | Critters/Stencils

I’m so excited to be participating in a new monthly hop. The Collected Crafty Collabs hop is all about making use of supplies that we’ve squirreled away and perhaps don’t give as much love as we should. We’ll have two themes to choose from each month, and for June those are critters and stencils. I decided to use both on my project. If you’ve already been hopping and joined me from Karen’s site, then welcome! And if I’m your first stop on the hop don’t worry, I’ll have information on how you can keep hopping later in this post.

As I mentioned the theme for June is critters and/or stencils. The stencil I used is one of the first I bought after starting cardmaking, and I used it a lot back then but haven’t used it all that much since then. The critter is from one of my favourite collections of critter stamps by Paper Smooches. This one is the Chubby Chums Pals, but I also have Chubby Chums and Chilly Chums. The stamp set is not as neglected as the stencil, but I don’t give the crab image as much attention as I could, so I thought it would be perfect to use for this card.

I started by stamping the crab directly onto the card base. I used my MISTI for positioning the stamp and stamped with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink, and made sure to leave the stamp in place in the MISTI for later. I also stamped the crab onto some scrap paper which I fussy cut out. I used that to create a mask, by adding Tombow Mono Multi Glue to the back and allowing it to dry to its tacky, repositionable state.

With the mask in place over my stamped crab I began my ink blending. I positioned the stencil over the card base and used a blending brush to blend Altenew’s Mountain Mist ink through the stencil, with the colour most intense around the crab and fading out to white as it got further away.

Next I lifted and rotated the stencil so that the opens were differently positioned. I ink blended through it again, this time using the darker Lagoon ink. I again concentrated the colour around the crab and faded it out to white.

After removing my stencil and mask I worked on colouring the crab. I wanted a kind of orangey pink shade, and achieved this by layering and glazing the different pen colours. You can see how I did it in my video.

I returned my card base to my MISTI and restamped the crab, this time with Versafine Onyx Black ink for a lovely crisp outline. I used the same ink to stamp the sentiment from the same stamp set, and finished off the card by adding some white detail to the crab with a gel pen.

This card was really fun to make, and customising colours in this way is such a great technique for getting more from your alcohol markers. I hope you enjoyed my take on this month’s theme.

Be sure to check out Boryana’s blog to keep hopping!

By the way, if you love critters and cardmaking be sure to check out the Critter Loving Cardmakers and Papercrafters Facebook group, which I admin. It’s filled with cute inspiration and we’d love to see you sharing your projects there, too!


Lady Joyful

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AAA Cards – One Corner + Optional: Masking

Addicted to CAS – One Layer

Color My Heart Color Dare – Tic Tac Toe (I used the middle row) (edit – where it was chosen as Diamond Winner!)

Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes and Optional: No Designer Papers

Paper Smooches – Anything Goes

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge – Use A Stencil

The House That Stamps Built – Anything Goes

The Sisterhood of Crafters – Stenciling

58 thoughts on “Collected Crafty Collabs Hop | Oh Crab | Critters/Stencils

  1. Love, love, LOVE! Your card is adorable and CAS goodness!!! I love how you were able to incorporate so many challenges too. Makes me happy cause I’m a big fan of online challenges too. Great coloring and stencil layering. So much happening in such a small space. CAS perfection!!! Fantastic video too… left you love there as well 😊 So glad you joined the hop group!!! On another note… did you see that Paper Smooches closed down? Boo-hoo! I really liked them too.

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    1. Thank you! I’m a huge fan of using challenges. I’m on the design team for several, and I always try to incorporate a few for all my cards. Prizes from challenges are one of my main ways of getting crafting supplies πŸ˜‰
      I did hear that about Paper Smooches! It’s such a shame, but I can understand Kim’s decision. Luckily there are plenty of other cute stamp companies still left!


  2. What cute and adorable crab card. I love how many challenges you were able to link your card up to. Way to go.! Can’t wait to see what you create for next month.!

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    1. This card blows me away! All the details are right in one corner, yet it is perfect and creates a complete card! I have not even come close to mastering that! Kudos! Loved watching your technique as well! And I’m impressed by all the challenges you checked off! I need to get into those! πŸ’—

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  3. Love this – from the background to the sentimnet which made me giggle!
    Thank you for sharing with Color My Heart Color Dare!
    Color My Heart Color Dare
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

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  4. Such a fun and adorable image, love the play on words in the sentiment too. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

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  5. This is so cute!!! I love everything about this card, and I would love to be able to pull off this look as well as you do! πŸ™‚

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  6. What a great CAS card! Love your use of fun techniques. Thank you for playing with us at the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge and hope you can join us again soon.


  7. Super cute one layer card, Charlotte! Beautiful Copic coloring and I love your stenciling! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Addicted to CAS!

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  8. Your cute card is perfect for a belated birthday wish. Loved your stenciled background for your cute crab and fun sentiment. TFS and joining us at STAMPlorations Stencil. Hugs…Nancy

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  9. Charlotte, I love this card SO MUCH!!!!!

    Amazing ink blending.
    Amazing little crab dude!
    And I do love me some punny sentiments!!!
    Awesome all round!!

    So glad to be joining you on this blog hop and seeing more of your awesome work!

    Also, thank you for playing along with us at Polkadoodles & good luck for this challenge!!

    HandmadeByTasha DT

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  10. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our “anything goes + optional no design paper” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
    (DT Crafty Friends)
    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)
    (DT Simply Create Too)
    (DT Kreativtanten)

    PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…

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