Hello crafters! Today I have a super cute card and a video for you featuring stamps by Purple Onion Designs and dies by Pretty Pink Posh. I made this card for my crafty friend Laura Sterckx who’s birthday was earlier this year. I know that Laura loves cute critters and I thought this would be perfect for her.
It’s been too long since I used my Blender pen for my coloring projects, but as I’ve mentioned in the video, you don’t need a blender pen for this. You can just use a regular brush. I personally love to use a blender pen, especially when coloring critters, as I love the texture I get and it looks almost like fur. I have done several other videos on how to use a Blender Pen for blending, so check them all out via this link here.
You also have to check out which paper works with this technique and which doesn’t. Watercolor paper is a safe bet, but for the card base I used Bazzill Marshmallow Card Shoppe card stock which doesn’t let you blend as nicely. It’s something to keep in mind – the safest way is to test on a scrap piece of paper if the technique you have in mind works.
When I put the card together I wanted to keep it as clean as possible so the critters and the greeting would be the “stars” and get undivided attention. For layering die cuts like this I feel it’s also important to use good paper. I know we all want to save money and not use the good paper and save it for those important projects, but you know what: trust me when I tell you that you’ll enjoy card making and your own cards a lot more if you use good supplies. Your cards will look better and feel better.
I had the critters cut with my Brother Scan ’n Cut and using heavy paper really makes it look so much better. As for panels like the one with the windows – using heavy card stock here also helps for a great overall impression.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you had fun! I’m sending this card off to the following challenges: Challenge Up Your Life “Critter”; Simon Says Stamp “Anything Goes”, and Addicted To Stamps and More “Anything Goes”.
I’ve listed the products used for this project below. If possible, I link to Seven Hills Crafts for all European Crafters. Alternative shopping outlets linked to are Amazon US and Simon Says Stamp. Click here to learn more about which companies I am affiliated with.