I was asked to produce something for a friend's birthday with an animal theme, so chose the delightful 'Squeak' and 'Hoppity Bunny' rubber stamps designed by Sam Poole, Creative Expressions as my subject.
I cut a piece of acid free 23cm square white mount board and painted the edges using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints 'Vanilla' and 'Snowflake' mixed together. I then used Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pad, 'Vintage Photo' to create a distress look by rubbing it directly over the paint. You can see this effect in the finished project.
I cut a piece of Prima Cartographer Collection "Boussole" 12x12 inch paper, into a 22cm square, tore the edges and distressed with Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pad, 'Vintage Photo'.
I then stamped directly onto the paper using Sam Poole's rubber stamps, 'Tree Background' with 'Squeak' and 'Hoppity Bunny' in the foreground. I then used IndigoBlu's 'You are my B.F.F' rubber stamp from their "B.F.F" stamp set in the top right hand corner. All were stamped using a Versafine 'Vintage Sepia' ink pad.
I stamped 'Squeak' and 'Hoppity Bunny' using the Versafine 'Vintage Sepia' ink pad onto cream card, embossed them using WOW clear embossing powder and cut out one of each.
I coloured them using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint 'Chocolate Pudding' watered down leaving some areas exposed with the cream card to create a contrast.
Using my Sizzix Big Shot, I cut out this Wild Rose Studio Speciality Craft Die, 'Peacock Butterfly', which I then painted using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint 'Chocolate Pudding', watered down. I used Ranger Liquid Pearls in 'Bisque' to apply pearls to the body of the butterfly and to paint the outside of the wings to highlight them.
Using Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue I stuck all the cut outs onto the paper to give a 3D look. 'Squeak' and 'Hoppity Bunny' were placed over the stamped images on the paper (just a tip, this is an easy way to retain the whiskers if you cut them off when cutting them out of the card). I also used the wording stamp from 'Hoppity Bunny', "Hoppin' by to say hi" again using the Versafine 'Vintage Sepia' ink pad and placed it between both animals.
To finish off the project I placed it in a frame. I was really pleased with the outcome and my friend was delighted with the end result.
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