I am on the Strawberry Jude Stamps blog today! I am really excited to be guest designing for them this month. I am using such an adorable stamp set called Fishing with Moose and Hedgehog.
HERE IS A LINK to the Strawberry Jude Stamps online store - its worth checking out I promise!
HERE IS A LINK to the stamp set I am using on today's card. They're other new release is a super cute dragon card and HERE IS A LINK to this stamp set called, Dragons & Jewels.
This card was so much fun to make! I love the cute little critters in this set so it was hard to choose which to use so I picked the moose. I tried to use as many stamps as I could here to create a scene.
First, I stamped the moose and his tacklebox beside him and a fish and hook connected to the fishing pole. Next, I drew in a dock around the moose and colored with Prismacolor Pencils. I also colored the fish with Prismacolors and drew in scales. There were a few scales but I added more. I cut the fish and dock out.
Then, I used some Canson watercolor paper with some Gansai Tambi watercolor paints. I used a big, flat paintbrush and painted lightly at the top and gradually made it darker. I cut out clouds with a stitched die and also the watercolor panel background with a stitched rectangle die, so they would match.
Finally I stamped the word, Fishing, cut out with a banner die and sponged around it and the clouds with inks.
This stamp set is PERFECT for masculine cards as you can see and I had a lot of fun using the different stamps on one card.
I hope I inspired you to draw in scenes and detail around your stamps. Obviously, you're not going to do this on every card because it does take some time, but I know you'll have special occasions for a husband, Dad, etc., where you would want to take more time on the cards.
This is just one way to make a card with this set, it doesn't have to be complicated or time consuming. Lay it all out how you want to and make sure you're having FUN with it.
If you would like to learn more about drawing in scenes around your stamps, adding detail to your stamps, etc., I learned this from taking classes at Kit and Clowder. Alyce Keegan is the best coloring teacher. She teaches you how to use the pencils or markers in the classes, why you are shading where you are by teaching lightsource. There are monthly pencil and marker classes, which I take, and there are Technique classes such as Skin and Hair, Clothing where you learn how to draw in and color pleats, etc., Animal Class and so on. Check out their website where you will find a couple of free classes. You can see what they're like and if this is for you.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!