Hi Crafty Friends,
It is a new year and we are bursting with new ideas that we will unfold in the next few weeks. But today, we are kicking off 2020 with two card designs using the cute pandas from the My Favorite Things Panda Pals stamp and die set.
Often when I am formulating ideas for card designs, I start by creating the main characters. In this case, it was the adorable pandas. I stamped all the pandas with Versamark ink, sprinkled them with Detail Black embossing powder by Hero Arts and heat embossed them. They were cut out using the matching dies.
Hint: it is best if you really are generous with the anti-static powder before stamping. Those little tiny black dots of errant embossing powder really show up on white cardstock — haha… I wonder how I know!?!
Now that the pandas were done, I had something to play around with to help get the creative juices going. I don’t know about you but I have the hardest time finding my creativity after the holidays. I think these bears were a perfect way to ease into the new year.
I have been dying to try the new Crosshatch Polka Dot background stamp by My Favorite Things so I thought I would give it a whirl. I placed it into a stamp positioner and stamped it half with Ripe Persimmon distress ink and half with Picked Raspberry, then stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock.
Next, I cut out the polka dots using the fabulous Ink To Paper Back To Basics: Rectangle Die. At the same time, I cut out some fern-y foliage using MFT’s Wild Greenery dies and a few colors of card stock (see supply list below).
I put this card together by mounting the polka dot border onto a Circus Peanuts card stock card base, arranged a few sprigs of foliage cut from Caramel Green and Candy Necklace card stock into the center and attaching two of the pandas with a bit of foam tape. For the sentiment, I used the Lawn Fawn Say What? speech bubble die, cut two out using black Licorice card stock and stamped them with Versamark ink. One was stamped with a heart and the other with “HI” which I found in the Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel Sentiments stamp set. They heat embossed with white embossing powder and then adhered to the front.
This one is now done… on to the next one!
I couldn’t leave that charming little shy panda wrapped around the tree so I decided to make him the focal point. This simple card design starts with a white card base and a slightly smaller white card stock panel. On the panel, I blended an oval of Ripe Persimmon and then a little Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Grass distress inks above. This gave a good base for the panda and tree.
I colored the tree and leaves with a few Copic markers (G03, G28, YG03, E00, E23 and E27) and then adhered them to the panel. I had one of the green leaves left from the foliage I had previously cut and thought I would use it as the base for my sentiment. I hand-lettered ‘missing you’ onto the leaf with white ink, let it dry and then added it to the bottom. I did add a cloud from the set. I cut off the sun but in retrospect, I should have left it on!
The only thing left to do was to add a foam base to the back of the panel and then attach the whole panel to the card base.
Now, two quick Panda cards are done – YAY!