I’m a sucker for puns, so I have loved using the Lawn Fawn “Baaah Humbug” holiday stamp set to make year round “love ewe (you)” cards.

20160623_145841I stamped out the sheep with MFT black licorice hybrid ink because I wasn’t sure what coloring medium I would use and I have had the best luck with this ink working with everything from alcohol markers to water colors. Ultimately I Copic colored the ram and the ewe to make one look dark (C0, 1, and 2) and the other look fair (E50, 51 and 53 with R20 blush). I used the coordinating dies to cut them out (I don’t often buy coordinating dies but I splurged on this set because there are so many small stamps in the set, and I must say I love it!).  Somehow, I smeared red marker on the ram’s horn so I covered it up with a small porcelain flower and flipped the genders of the sheep (LOL). Then for some fun woolly texture, I used DecoArt Snow Writer applied thickly with a palette knife all over the bodies of both sheep.

For the design of the card, I followed MFT Card Sketch 286, although I put a little twist on it by not cutting out a circle to layer under the sheep, but, rather, cut out circles to create a kind of frame around them and popped up that framed layer with double sided foam adhesive for some dimension. I also had fun mixing up some different patterned scraps from my scrap box. I used a pale aqua polka dot and created a frame around the circle opening using the second largest die from the 20160623_145122 smDiemond Dies nesting cross stitched circles die set and the 13th largest circle die from the Diemond Dies Die-Normous Stack-Ems Nesting Circle Die Set. I also used a scrap of a pastel plaid that I thought was a nice grounding for the little meadow scene in the window. The grass is just some pale green card stock with little blades of grass drawn on with Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Shabby Shutters, Twisted Citron, and Mowed Lawn; and the sky is Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Shaded Lilac blended onto the card front.

The “love [heart] ewe” sentiment was created by masking off with washi tape everything except the “ewe” from the “christmas is ewe” sentiment before inking up the “ewe”, removing the washi, and then stamping out the “ewe” onto card stock. I hand cut the banner, leaving enough room to add a couple of fussy cut shimmery hearts. To create a little continuity, I used the remaining scrap of the same polka dot pattered paper to mat the sentiment banner.  All the shimmery embossed hearts are hand cut from a scrap of patterned paper from the DCWV Pet Stack that was about 2″ x 3″ that I had hoarded in my scrap box for years.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Creatalicious Anything Goes with an Optional Focus on Animals Challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More CAS Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Use Patterned Papers Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Add Some Shimmer Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
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