September 23, 2011

Fanciful Critters

Fanciful critters, elegant backgrounds and vintage distressing all blend together for a new old-fashioned holiday greeting.

Sometimes I laugh at myself when I am working on a piece of art.  Often times many of my pieces are brightly colored then I turn around and tone them down!

I started by stamping Around Christmas in black pigment ink on white cardstock and heat embossing with clear powder.  You’ll notice that the tree in the center of the design was not inked.  This is the space that Teddy was popped into at the end of the project.

The main background portion of the circle was colored with a B01 Copic marker.  After the other additional colors were added to the design, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks were used to soften the image.

The base of the card was created by punching a corner slot on all four corners of a square piece of Rose Garden Cardstock.  The excess around the slots was trimmed away to create the fancy design. Layers of Crimson Red and Vintage Sepia VersaFine inks were used to distress the cardstock.  Poinsettia Script was then stamped on top with Crimson Red.

While the pattern is very hard to discern, this subtle combination gives the cardstock extra texture and depth without drawing the eye to a specific pattern.  I found this background was a nice compliment for the elevated artwork on the card as there were many design elements already established as a focal point.

Another hanging ornament was stamped, trimmed and placed in Teddy’s hand so it would appear that he is decorating.

I kept my accents and embellishments minimal by just adding hand-inked ribbon, gold edging on the circle and card base, unheated weathered white embossing powder to the jacket trim, and a light touch of crystal glitter to the ornaments.  Dimensional foam helped pop up the decorative circle and Teddy. 

To see more "Fanciful Critter" designs, hop over to the Penny Black Blog.  You'll love all the cuteness.  

I am very excited about announcing the winner of my “little piece of Halloween blog candy” on Monday.  If you would like to read more about the giveaway click “here”, as there is still one day left to enter.

Have a fabulous weekend,

Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock: Rose Garden 14-003
Copic Markers
EK Success: 3-D Dots, Corner Slot Punch
Ranger: Antique Linen Distress, Vintage Photo Distress, Weathered White Embossing Powder, Crystal Stickles
Sakura: Black Micron Pen
Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Crimson Red VersaFine, Vintage Sepia VersaFine, Delicata Golden Glitz
Wrights: ½” Wide Twill Tape