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Saturday, 23 January 2016

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Balloon Builders)

 I made this card for Max, the little boy who lives across the road. He's a such a cutie, I hope knows The Very Hungry Caterpillar story...
It's all made up of balloon stamps from Stampin' Up's "Balloon Builders" stamp set. Well except for the the Happy Birthday & the sun in the corner.
Stamp Sets: Balloon Builders & Memories in the Making.
Cardstock: Whisper White & (Ivory Naturals - retired)
Ink: Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, Tangelo Twist, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Tip Top Taupe, Crumb Cake, Tempting Turquoise, Garden Green, Cucumber Crush & Pear Pizzazz.
Techniques: Masking


I stamped the balloons on the inside to resemble cherries and punched holes in them to look like the caterpillar has eaten his way through them, like he does in the book.
I did stamp a colourful butterfly on the back of the card too, but my practice butterfly turn out better than the one I did on the actual card (and I'm too embarrassed to show it : / ).

I had forgotten to take a photo of the first step here, which was stamping the little round Daffodil Delight (yellow) balloons for the eyes. Then I stamped them onto the sticky portion of a post-it note and cut them out to make a mask. Next put the masks over the eyes and stamp the Real Red big balloon for the face. 

Remove the masks to reveal the yellow eyes.

With the practice piece I had done I stamped the caterpillar first, then couldn't fit these little circles (confetti looking bites of food) on the bottom, so I had to stamp them on the top. But they look better on the bottom, so I did them first to make sure I would fit them in.
I think they also make the card, because if you've seen the book you'll know they're everywhere.

Later I stamped a smaller green (Cucumber Crush) balloon in the eyes.

I did use the Aqua Painter to spread ink around a bit on the face, because of the style of these balloons stamps it was quite patchy.

Using the thick brush tip end of the Daffodil delight marker, I drew a line over the top of the caterpillar, then with the small end of the Tip Top Taupe Marker I drew the little hairs along the humps with little strokes.  

To get the shape of the antennas I used the brush tip end of the Perfect Plum Marker to add the ink to the small long balloon stamp, But only inking up the top angled portion. 
Why would I bother you might ask...? Well, I did try stamping the full balloon stamp as the antenna on a practice and it looked wrong. I only know it looked wrong because my son had seen me stamping The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so he went and found the book that he still had on his book shelf from so many years ago. : )

Ink Colours: Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, Tangelo Twist, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Tip Top Taupe, Crumb Cake, Tempting Turquoise, Garden Green, Cucumber Crush & Pear Pizzazz.

For the body I just used a variety of long balloons and the greens in my list as well as a little bit of Daffodil Delight. I pretty much just over lapped them and kept stamping until I achieved the hump shape of the caterpillar. I did mask the red face before I started stamping the body though.




Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Wiper cards. Featuring Home for Christmas dsp, Sprinkles of Life & Floral Wings.

I've had some fun with these wiper cards, all made at different times of course, but now I have a little collection to share.

Stamp Sets: Oh What Fun
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla & Home for Christmas dsp.
Ink: Memento Black
Ribbons: Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Metallic Baker's Twine, Venetian Crochet Trim & Burlap.
Tools: 2 1/2" Circle Punch
Extras: Gold Glitter 



Stamp Set: Oh What Fun
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla & Home for Christmas dsp.
Ink: Memento Black
Ribbon: Real Red 1/4" Cotton
Tools: 2 1/2" Circle Punch
Extras: Home for Christmas Enamel Dots

I wanted the dsp ( patterned paper) to continue across the whole card, but I found that (with ribbon tucked around it &) going all the way to the edges made it a bit thick and stiff to fold open and closed. 

Stamp Sets: Oh What Fun
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla & Home for Christmas dsp.
Ink: Memento Black
Ribbons: Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Metallic Baker's Twine, Venetian Crochet Trim & Burlap.
Tools: 2 1/2" Circle Punch
Extras: Gold Glitter 



This was the first wiper card I made and the first time I've used the Floral Wings stamp set.
Stamp Set: Floral Wings
Card Stock: Tip Top Taupe & Whisper White
Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Cucumber Crush & Watermelon Wonder 
Ribbons: Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim
Tools: Word Window Punch
Extras: Brick Wall Embossing Folder




Stamp Set: Sprinkles Of Life
Card Stock: Cucumber Crush & Whisper White
Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Soft Sky, Pacific Point, Smoky Slat & Watermelon Wonder 
Ribbons: Sliver Metallic Thread
Tools: Tree Builder Punch
Extras: Sponges