Even when I am not feeling particularly creative (which happens to most people from time to time, especially when life’s stresses get overwhelming), I find that if I can get myself into my craft room, I feel better. Crafting really does help keep me sane! I haven’t had much time or mojo for crafting recently, but I squeezed in a few hours today between calls, meetings, and family responsibilities.
So for this card, I used two impressions of the same cute duck in a rain slicker image from the Scrapping for Less “Just Ducky” stamp set. I colored one up with Copics in fun summer citrus colors (summer showers are a constant where I live — in fact there is a huge thunder storm passing as I type):
Duck: Y11, Y13, YR00, YR04
Rain Slicker, Boots and Hat: YG03, YG25, E70, E71
I simply colored and inked the edges (using a Momento Tuxedo Black Marker) of the second image of the duck as an under layer to add dimension to the image by stacking it with double sided foam adhesive. I find that a simple trick like this really adds a lot of interest and is appreciated by card recipients (especially if they are not crafters and don’t know how easy this is!) 🙂
For the card front, I looked through my scrap box and found a fun green polka dot and a yellow floral patterned papers. I used the green on 2/3 of the front and the floral on 1/3 of the front. When I went looking for an orange patterned paper, I couldn’t find one, but did find a small orange polka dot washi tape! I used that washi tape on white card stock (so it would not show through the patterned papers beneath) and glued the strips around a piece of cream card stock as a frame as well as between the green polka dot and yellow floral papers.
For the sentiment, I decided to heat emboss “JUST A LITTLE HELLO” from the Neat and Tangled “Better Together” stamp set. I used the EK Success Powder Tool to cut down on static, VersaMark Ink for the stamping, and Zing Charcoal embossing powder to create a thick embossed look that wasn’t too black/stark. I mounted that on more double sided foam adhesive to add a more dimension. Lastly, I used Ranger Multi-Medium Matte Adhesive to glue on 7 sequins in green and grey and topped them with Icicle Stickles to add a little extra sparkle too. The inside liner was kept simple with a Scrapping for Less ephemera piece that says, “enjoy the slow life” inside a green wreath. The only adornments to the inside sentiment are three orange polka dot flags made from left over washi tape scraps; this was an easy way to keep the inside coordinated with the card front.
CLICK on the following picture to watch the process video:
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Crafter’s Castle Anything Goes with Optional Mixed Media Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Masculine Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday Summer Vibes Challenge
Crafting by Design Anything Goes Challenge
Stamping Sensations Show Your True Colors Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
MFT Color Challenge 118