Well, this is it! My last cards for donation to The Fur Bearers. I’ve mailed off the box of 25 cards, with envelopes! These last 2 designs have an adorable squirrel, and a fox. Both new image stamps are from Impression Obsession.
I just love squirrels, and all of their antics! When I started putting out bird food regularly, a couple of years ago, we had maybe two squirrels that would join the birds. Now, we have at least 8 regulars, and every now & again a new one joins the ranks! In fact, we just had a new one join last week. They each have their own little personalities (some of them are big personalities!), and lots of their markings vary, so we can tell them apart. There’s floppy ear, hurt paw, hurt paw’s friend, black & white, gray & white, big bully, little guy, cheeky one – yup, we’ve started naming them! So when I saw the Curious Squirrel stamp at Impression Obsession, I knew I had to have it!
Just look at that face! And the classic ‘curled front paws’ pose – I see it all the time. It just makes me smile 🙂 I decided to create a background with the TCW (The Crafters Workshop) Fir Branch stencil. Then I just layered a patterned paper from my stash offset behind the image panel, onto a dark gray cardstock.
I think they’re super cute!
This stamp is simply called Fox – but the name really should include something about his facial expression! It’s just so cute – like he’s cute, and knows it!
Or, he could be lifting his chin, waiting for a scratch underneath the chin! I did 4 of these cards; 2 leaving a white patch on the face/chest, and 2 without. I knew I wanted to watercolour the image, so I set up the watercolour paper & stamp in my MISTI. First, stamp the image in Distress Oxide Crackling Campfire. Stamp a couple of times, for a good image. Next, press the Crackling Campfire and Gina K. Honey Mustard ink pads onto a clear block. Use a damp water brush to pick up the ink, and paint the image with the inks. I still had my Brusho out, so I added the grass with Leaf Green. To add more interest, mask off the fox image, and then splatter some Prussian Blue onto the background. To add more definition to the markings in the fur, place the paper back into the MISTI, and stamp the image again.
25 CARDS READY TO GO!
This is what the assorted cards look like, before I wrapped them & put them in the box, with envelopes.
I hope that they are happy with the assortment, and designs! I tucked a note inside the box, and asked for feedback, so if they want more, I’ll know which style they prefer. What do you think? Do you have a favourite, from all of these designs? Do you have a favourite fur bearing animal? Honestly, I’d find it hard to choose just one!
If you know of a good source for ‘realistic’ looking animal stamps, please let me know! I’d love to find stamps with otters, raccoons, seals, and beavers.
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