Noble Deer

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Another specialty card request - my daughter wanted a card with a deer on it for her Karate Master Rick.  I am only too happy to do this not just for her but for him as well.  They became such a huge part of her's and Tyler's life when they started karate classes several years ago.  Come January they will both be taking their Black Belt Weapons Test.  Glad I will be in town for this event!!
I pulled out my Noble Deer Stamp Set and then went to Stampin' Connection to get inspired and found one by Linda Nelson that fit the bill you can see her sample HERE, but this is how I decided to make mine.
Ok want a (quick) tutorial on how to sponge the card front giving the effect of sky, grassy area and the tree line?
I started with my scallop tag topper punch cutting 2" strips  from a backing from the Designer Series Paper - it's more sturdy and held up very well
Then I taped 4 of them together to make it go quicker. You can see that I put a bit of scotch tape over the hole that the tag topper punch makes when you punch it. I didn't want to have to see the little hole in my sponging. (be sure to put tape on both sides of the hole or you might rip your  card stock as you are sponging) also by taping 4 together it eliminated a straight line I was getting by just using one. I have made this sponged sky from a variety of scalloped punches but I was liking the variety of sizes of scallops with this punch.
This picture shows you the sequence of steps that I took to form the sky and grassy area.  Starting with Soft Sky and my cloud maker I sponged the top half, then sponge again with Island Indigo, and then just the edges with Not Quite Navy (a retired color - but still a favorite for this type thing) you could also use Night a Navy ink which is a bit darker.  On the bottom half I started out with Pear Pizzazz, then Wild Wasabi in a brushing motion - left to right, etc and then added a bit of Chocolate Chip to dirty it up.  Make sure to sponge your edges with each color - it gives your image more depth.
Next step is to create the landscape line.  I tore a piece of printer paper and placed them like this across my card front.  I added a bit of scotch tape at the ends to keep them together as I sponged.
Voila` - and then I did a light sponging under this area to blend the colors together.
Added the stamped tree line from NOBLE DEER
Some deer and a Happy Birthday greeting
Here is the finished product again... I used Early Espresso and Pear Pizzazz card stock
 On the inside I used the same ink colors for sky and grassy area but I only swirled it - I thought the clouds would make it too busy
While I was on the deer theme I decided to make him a matching candle.  I love it that my hubby makes all our candles so I have a resource right here at home whenever I need one.  You can check out his sight HERE.  (this one has of a Very Vanilla scent) This candle was a little trickier because I used markers for coloring the stamp and then did a little "fill" from the back side of the tissue paper, but was very happy how it turned out.  (on my first try too!!)
Thank you for stopping by!!
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