Saturday, 14 March 2015

One layer animal card

Hi there,
since I have been back crafting and blogging for a week or so now I decided to check out the Less is More challenge for this week..

It is a one layer card challenge and must include an animal. I tend to be attracted to flowers & plant life when I buy stamps, but I have a few animal stamps. One is a giraffe - a sketchy one rather than an African savanna one, and I have used him for baby and small child cards before.

So I masked up a card blank and stamped him, masked him and then used distress inks to create a background, I used the distress inks to stamp a jumbled letter background stamp at the top and bottom.
Then I peeled off all my masking, coloured my  giraffe in with copic makers and added a Happy Birthday.

It all sounds quite straightforward when written like that, but I have a whole spare card that became a giant experiment
... things went well 'til I stamped my top letters upside down (I 'm sure they were the right way up when I inked them).
Then I got them the right way up for the bottom of the card, but had wiped the wrong side so there was a sharp, clear line of letters ending ... rather than fading into the green as I had intended.
Also, I discovered the a post-it note mask does not always prevent a little distress ink getting onto the card when you stamp.
 ... And finally I discovered I had no birthday sentiment that would fit neatly onto the blank part of my card. My test card is covered in attempts to make 'happy birthday, work. I finally masked each word so I could ink and stamp one below the other.

Still - I got there in the end, and I have a cute giraffe bookmark as well :-)
Well, I'm off to link my card to the challenge, and to check out some of the other cards
Have a lovely weekend.
Cheers, Dianne
P.S.  I am also linking my card to AAA Cards another clean ans simple card challenge that I was previously unaware of  but it's 'Bare Naked challenge' sounds fun & just right for my card (so thank you to Sarah for suggesting it)


  1. Sounds like you overcame all eventually Dianne and it was sure worth it!
    This is terrific... I'm sure your previous incarnation won't go to waste!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  2. I like your card Diane! Sounds difficult to make with the masking! You have managed it splendidly! Creative regards, Gina

  3. It was worth all the effort, your card is stunning! And you now have a matching set of card and bookmark.

  4. Worth all the effort - I love it! Jo x

  5. This is stunning. Love the image and the background you've created is just fabulous and super clever. You might also like to link up at AAA Cards as we are looking for similar cards their too. Thanks for playing along at LIM. Sarah x

  6. It was worth it in the end Dianne, this is fabulous. Carol x

  7. Know that feeling when things take for ever to work out - but worth it in the end. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  8. Gorgeous card, Dianne. :-D Love the design and colors. :-D

  9. Great to see you've linked up at AAA cards too Dianne.
    thanks so much. Sarah

  10. This is wonderful, and I really enjoyed the story of its making. It certainly was well worth it. I really love the way the letters give texture to the top and bottom Your sponging and coloring is lovely and your little giraffe is adorable.Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Cards.

  11. Dianne, your card is quite wonderful! The cute giraffe with the dynamic sponging is so unique. Thank you so much for sharing your bare N creation with us at AAA Cards! Thank you also for your kind comments on my card.

  12. Dianne what a super card, love your giraffe and your inking!
    Thanks so much for your entry
    Less is More

  13. All your hard work was definitely worth it! I absolutely love the Distress Ink background with the stamped letters - stunning! And the giraffe stamp is so cute! Thanks so much for joining in the Bare Naked challenge at AAA cards this week! Jill

  14.! That's a very creative background and it's great! Thanks for playing CAS with us at AAA Cards, it's been fun to see your card. Cheers, Victoria

  15. Gorgeous masking technique. This is by far my favourite technique! Thanks for playing at AAA Cards Challenges! Justine