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Happy Dancing to Ring In 2018 | CraftyPaws

I was so excited to finally pick up the Winnie & Walter Happy Dance stamp set! It has been on my wish list since it first came out and I saw how adorable these dancing critters were. I mean, look at the way the shoulders are up on that little boogie woogying bear! It’s just too cute!!!

So I decided to do a fun card with lots of visual movement and energy by using the smooshing technique on Strathmore Bristol Paper and Distress Ink in Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed and Broken China. I dabbed the ink pads onto a non-porous mat and sprayed it down with water. Then I smooshed in a piece of plastic and transferred the diluted ink to the paper. I dried the card front with my heat tool in between about 3 applications of ink and I really liked the splotchy look.

For the dancing critters, I used the following Copic colors, fussy cut them out with my Fiskars Spring Loaded Scissors and inked the edges with a Momento Tuxedo Black Marker for a clean finished look:
Bear: E53, E55, E57, E59 with R30 for ears and W7 for mouth and nose
Elephant: W0, W1, W3, W5, W7 and R11 and R30 for ears and paw pads
Kitty:E000, E00, E11, E13, E99 and R30 for ears and paw pad

Then for the sentiment, I used a stamp from the same stamp set that reads: “wishing you the happiest of birthdays” but wiped away the “of birthdays” before stamping it out. To complete the sentiment I die cut “2018” from the card front as well as five times from some scrap card stock. I stacked and glued with Art Glitter Glue all the layers together and inlaid each number back into place on the card front to give a subtle but noticeable raised dimension.

To make the critters pop from the card front, I popped them up on double sided foam adhesive to match the raised dimension of of the die cut 2018. I matted the card front with some teal/blue card stock and mounted the whole assembly onto a bright green card base to coordinate with the splotchy background colors. As a finishing touch, I also added varying sizes and layered sequins for some sparkle. Now these critters look like they are dancing the night away at a new year’s eve party!

The following is a Copic coloring and card designing process video:

Disclosure: Many of the supplies I’ve used for today’s project are linked. Some may be affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog!

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday New Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Party Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes With Optional Wishes Challenge
Crafty Gals Corner Anything Goes 3rd Blogiversary Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge – WINNER
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge – WINNER
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes With Optional Christmas/Winter Challenge


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