Mama Elephant Lil’ Painters

Hi friends! Today I have two cards to share with you using the new Lil’ Painters set from Mama Elephant. I absolutely adore this set. The two cards I made don’t even look like they came from the same set, actually, and that’s kinda why I love it – so much possibility! Also, bunnies wearing berets and painting? Yes please!

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Let’s start with those bunnies!

To keep the card mostly one layer, I used masking to create my scene. I started off positioning the bunny stamp using my MISTI and placing the palette and paintbrush in its paws. Then I removed the bunny and stamped. I masked with a post-it note and fussy cut the shapes. Then I stamped the bunny and the easel. To get the bunny onto the “canvas”, I made a sort of reverse mask – I stamped the easel onto a post-it and cut out the canvas to make a hole. I positioned that around the canvas and then stamped the bunny onto the canvas. I painted the scene with Distress Markers. I think the bunny is a better painter than I am.

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I wanted to keep the embellishments to a minimum, so I chose to add just a teeny tiny little bit of clear Nuvo crystal drops on the palette paint and the tube paint. Then I deposited a bit of Mermaid Lagoon Distress Marker on an acrylic block, added a little water, and then with a paint brush, flicked it onto the watercolor panel.

The sentiment is from the Some Bunny I Love set from My Favorite Things. For the trim, I used some scrap watercolor paper and did an ombre wash with Distress Markers in Mermaid Lagoon and Tumbled Glass.

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For the next card, I used the chicks and eggs to create a fun “welcome spring” card. Here in the Midwest, spring has sprung. Ish. Trees are already budding, and my one tulip is coming up. It was 70 degrees on Friday, and then it snowed yesterday. Sigh. So I need this card! Excuse me while I go address an envelope to myself.

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In addition to the eggs and chicks, I used the Hollow Letters stamps to make my own sentiment. To color this card, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush. For the letters, I blended green and yellow, using the yellow to do the actual blending. The blue eggs, now that I’m thinking of it, I used a blue from the Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi line, but for the life of me, I don’t know which one. Helpful, I know.

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I have a few more ideas for this set so this probably won’t be the last you see of it here. Hope you enjoyed the first two! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Two thank you cards

I have so many cards to share that I don’tย even know where to start! I guess it’s a good problem to have.

It was my birthday last week and the celebration was very crafty indeed. I was spoiled with items fromย my paper crafting wishlist by my family and friends. And how convenient it was that I suddenly had all of these adorable new stamps and dies with which to make thank-you cards!

thank you owl

I adore this Charmed set from Mama Elephant! I have lost count of how many stamp sets I have with little woodland creatures, but I don’t care. I love them all! I kept the card very simple with just the owl and wreath stamped and die cut and attached with to a soft white card stock. I raised the wreath with foam tape to create a nice frame. The “thank you” stamp is from a set of sentiments from Hero Arts.

thank you flowers

For this card, I used the Bloomers stamp set from Papertrey Ink, stamped in layers with a variety of inks. I softened the flowers by blending in some aqua ink around them. I played around with the position of the white stitched panel before deciding to push it to the upper right corner, sort of following the direction that the blooms appeared to be moving in. I really like the layering blooms, which is good because this is not my only set of layering blooms. I appear to be collecting stamps like I collect yarn; I can’t even tell you how many hanks of sock yarn I have that are all almost the same shade of red.

Until next time…