Hi everyone! We are back with our Squirrelz Stash Bash hop! You have just come from the lovely Lounon! This month’s theme is Animals/Critters and Glitter Pastes. I know the title of my blog does say Critters, technically I do not own many critter stamps but I do have a lot of animal stamps – most of them I haven’t used. For those that are not familiar with our hop, my squirrel sisters and I hop every month and try to use our hardly-used crafty supplies. This month I will be using two Hero Arts stamps that I have had for years and have yet to show them some love.
But first let’s create some backgrounds! I have a shoebox filled with card panels that are mostly excess from old projects and failed attempts. I chose three that I thought would fit the project.
For the first background, I chose a swirly background I had made using the Swirling Tide cling stamp. I didn’t really like how it came out to I set it aside to use another day. That day came and I used it with Hero Arts glitter paste and Nebula Cluster stencil also from Hero Arts. I spread the paste across the stencil with a small palette knife. The glitter paste is clear so it picked up the color from the inks I used for the background.
For the second one, I chose a wavy background that I made with some oxide inks and an embossing folder. I took some the same Glitter paste, but this time added a little light gray ink to create a silvery effect. I then spread it across Sprinkled Dots Stencil also from Hero Arts. This stencil was meant to create a snowy effect, but I thought it was perfect to create glittery bubbles for a background!
The third one, I chose a background I created left over from another Hero Arts My Monthy Hero project. This time I used Gold Hero Wax and the Star Cluster stencil. The wax has a smooth creamy texture and the best way to spread it across the stencil is with your fingers.
While the backgrounds were drying, I stamped out the critters or animals.
For the first card, I used the Color Layering Sea Turtle stamp set, I stamped one turtle using Mint Julep to Emerald Green Ombre ink pad for the base layer, then Pool Party reactive ink for the second layer and Blue Hawaii for the final outline layer. Then I used Sparkling Sea embossing powder to heat embossed the final detail layer. For turtle #2, I stamped the base layer with Lime to Forever Green Ombre ink, the second layer with Pine and the final detail layer with Moss Green ink, then finished it off with Sparkling Sea embossing powder.
Then I die cut them out using the coordinating die, adding three more layers for dimension. Next, I used a stitched rectangle die and die cut the wavy glitter background then adhered it in the middle of a white textured cardstock.
I added the turtles, one facing another on top of the glittery background. Then I added the sentiment “Sea You Soon” stamped with Intens-ified black ink. The sentiment is from the Sea You Soon stamp set.
For card #2, I use the Color Layering Monarch butterfly set. For the base layer, I used Autumn Ombre ink, the second layer, I used the darkest ink from the same ink pad and for the top detail layer, I heat embossed it using gold embossing powder.
I die-cut the gold shimmery background with Crimped Border die from The Greetery and used the smallest of the border dies to die cut the inner panel piece .
I adhered the panel to a 4.25″X5.5″ side folding notecard with a foam backing to create a little dimension. Then I adhered the smaller crimped piece after stamping out the sentiment “Hello Friend” with Intens-ified black ink. The sentiment is from the Morning Glory Messages stamp set.
Next on the hop is marvelous Marie! I have a feeling she will be creating something christmasy!
Have a wonderful crafty day!
’til next time!
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2 thoughts on “Critters & Glitter: Squirrelz Stash Bash Blog Hop”
Both cards are stunning!!! So much to love here… those gorgeous repurposed backgrounds, the layered images with touches of embossing powder, and the perfect touches of textured paper and edged dies. Love them both, but I’m drawn like a moth to the butterfly card (hehe) as its my fav! Great job!
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They look so beautiful Anna ! I love the minimalist designs, they allow your pastes and animals to shine brighter !
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