Thursday, March 10, 2016

Welcome to the Jungle

Doodle Pantry is having their monthly "Ants in My Pantry" challenge. The theme, as always, is "Anything Goes," so long as it uses a digital stamp/image. I created another card to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

I began by choosing the 4 animals included in Doodle Pantry's "Safari Critters" set. I opened each image in Photoshop, and created a blank canvas sized to 4.25x2". I moved each animal to my canvas, overlapping & repositioning them until I liked the arrangement. Then I printed them onto a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper. I colored them with my Inktense pencils, using a damp brush to move & blend the colors. Then I set that aside to dry.

For my background, I used the "Irregular Arrow Bold Prints" stamp by Hero Arts. I inked it with bands of Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters, & Peeled Paint Distress inks, creating something of an ombre effect. Then I spritzed the stamp lightly with water, and stamped it on another piece of watercolor paper. Once the panel had dried, I blended more of the same green inks over the stamping, to create a tone-on-tone look.

For the greeting, I printed one from "Safari Critters" onto a piece of cream cardstock. I trimmed it to size, and matted that & the focal panel with kraft cardstock. I wrapped a piece of jute twine around the panel where the 2 pieces met, and glued down 3 buttons on the greeting strip. When the glue had set up, I threaded more twine through the button holes, taping the ends on the back of the panel. Finally, I adhered that to my background panel, and mounted that onto a white A2 card base.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"
Craft Your Passion Challenges #302: "Anything Goes"
Incy Wincy Designs: "Shades of Green"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge: "A Bit of Green"


  1. Cute critters, and a great sentiment and design, Andrea! Thanks for entering our 'bit o' green' challenge this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog!

  2. Super cute! Your animals look great!

  3. Cuteee. Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.

    Deni Xx

  4. pretty card, love colors
    Thanks for joining us at craftyourpassion

  5. This is so cute! I love the way you combined all the animals!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Doodle Pantry's AIMPDC 15!

  6. Andrea, this is such a cute card! :) I love the way you color/paint beautiful! :)

  7. Hi Andrea - this is really cute card. Love the images and also your fab background! Thanks for playing along in the Shades of Green challenge at Incy Wincy Designs this time.
    Helen x (DT)

  8. I love your critters! Your coloring is so pretty! I'm so happy you joined us for the Doodle Pantry AIMPDC! I hope you will join us again soon.


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