It came in about the same time my stamps for the April Kindred Stamps release did, I decided to dive right in! The first images I colored were these little cuties from We're In a Club. I have been using a combination of markers from Copic, Chameleon, and Brutus Monroe StyleFile. There were definitely errors, and I learned quickly, there are no lines to hold your color in place... Something I apparently depend on! They turned out cute though, and I fell in love with the technique!
I had my images colored but I honestly was unsure of what I wanted to do for a project, the inspiration was a little off with the amount of stress I've been dealing with lately! So, instead of panicking and throwing together a basic card, I started to look through my dies. My amazing friend Kelli Hull, recently destashed and I was the lucky recipient of several AMAZING dies, stamps, and other goodies. In that destash, was a Lawn Fawn Portrait Leafy Tree Background die, it lit an idea for me and this was one of the easiest to put together cards I have ever made.
I used a nice dark brown cardstock for the tree and card outline, then a scrap piece of mossy meadow from Stampin' Up. For the leaves, I chose 3 bright Fall colored papers for leaves and used the leaves 3 time per color. My leaves got layered and overlapped, top to bottom to give it a real tree look. I had just a few left over, so it was really the perfect amount.
In order to create some depth, I used dimensional strips from Stampin' Up to back the tree scene. Next, I snagged a pretty blue that was a bigger piece in my scrap bin (the two drawers I use are overflowing and need to be used more!) I wanted to keep my sentiment simple with no fancy background or labor intensive techniques on this card (other than the coloring). I lined everything up and then placed it all in my MISTI (unmounted, of course) to get my sentiment lined up where I'd like it to be. After removing my top layers from the MISTI, I stamped using the Classic Memento Tuxedo Black ink. After that I simply built the card!
My next card, I REALLY, wanted the character to be the hero of. I used the no-line technique to color up this baby deer and WOW, was I happy. The kiddos were my first images using it and he is my third. The amount of colors I used to get this look is a bit insane, I filled a post it note writing them down, and again, I used a combination of Copics and Chameleon markers.
I used Kat Scrapiness Double Stitched Rectangle Dies to create a frame out of Stampin' Up Crumb Cake cardstock. I used a bright green lightweight cardstock to line the back, then layered a pretty patterned vellum that has ferns and leaves all over it. Again, I used the dimensional strip to pop the frame up. I used a random banner die (I didn't always understand the importance of keeping track of what came from where!) for the sentiment, which to me is ADORABLE!
I finished the card by placing my baby deer and mounting it on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock! This is one of my cards using Kindred Stamps new release, Forest Friends!
We have some of the most adorable stamps I have seen yet coming out this month and I think you'll all be SO excited too! We've changed a few things up this month, and we've introduced a Design Team to our group! These ladies are INCREDIBLY talented and will be with us for the next several months! We couldn't be more excited to be working with them! We also have Guest Designer, Lois with us AGAIN, because we love her so much.
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