Foxes four ways - Quatre renards

I kept very busy on international cardmaking day which was this past Saturday, October 6,  making several new cards with an adorable stampset from Altenew called Hug Me.

This is a perfect set for new babies, children's birthdays, love cards - you can make so many different cards.


I started by stamping all the fox images in Altenew Jet Black Crisp Ink onto Neenah 80lb cardstock using my MISTI and then I left the stamps in place while I colored the images with alcohol markers. This is a new media to me and I am certainly no expert, I just go with the flow and what I have picked up from watching YouTube videos.
I have also taken an Altenew Academy class called Magical Marker Techniques which is quite helpful when you are a complete newbie like me to this type of coloring medium.

Some of my markers are Letraset Promarkers that my son had and was no longer using and I also have set A from Altenew. Limited colors available but enough for me, I am not planning on becoming the next alcohol marker pro,  but I do love how easily you get even coverage with them.

So once they were all colored I put the paper back into the MISTI and over stamped the outlines in Versamark black ink - this makes a huge difference to the quality of the image which becomes really crisp. Then I diecut all the images using the coordinating dies.

I decided against using white cardstock for my card bases and went with Fog from SimonSays Stamp - it's a beautiful pale grey paper and I love how it showcases the images. To give the balloon-fox somewhere to stand I first put down a strip of silver glitter paper, then I stamped my sentiment in Altenew Pure Graphite.


You can better see the glitter in this pic below.
I also covered the balloons in Glossy Accents and added Ebony black Nuvo drops to the eyes and snout of the fox - he is so adorable!


For my second card, I diecut a total of three layers of cardstock to glue together to make the HugMe-fox a bit sturdier. I then sandwiched a white, a red and then the stamped image, slightly offsetting the red so it can be barely seen. Then I mounted him to the middle of the card using a mini action wobbler.


It's hard to see in the picture but I added a layer of Wink of Stella to make the letters glitter and the black Nuvo drops to the eyes and snout.


To continue my set I started looking for pieces of scrap in my stash - I try and stamp every day and find myself with so many bits and pieces that do not make it into a card that day but can possibly be used some other day. I'm happy to say that I found a piece of cardstock that I had inkblended Distress Oxides onto, probably Worn Lipstick and Antique Linen.
After diecutting the piece into a square, I added a strip of glitter - I felt there needed to be something separating the fox and his dream!



Then I mounted the square ont the card, stamped a sentiment from the Adore You set in Pure graphite, glued down the fox and the dream and added Nuvo drops as above.


For the last card I wanted to combine the fox image with one of Altenew's lovely flower stamps. I stamp these and keep them in my stash and so I had several to choose from before deciding on these from the set called Bride-To-Be. The reason I choose these is that I felt the flowers needed to be a little cartoonish to not clash with the style of the fox.


The foliage is from another small Altenew set called floral elements. The heart has added gold Nuvo drops. I think this is my favorite of all the cards but I do love the set.
Someone might get these fro Christmas...


I hope you have enjoyed my post, which is your favorite card?

J'espère que cela vous a plu - n'hésitez pas de m'écrire en français si vous avez des questions ou commentaires. Quelle carte préférez-vous ?


Comments

Virginia Lu said…
Totally love this, Helen!! Your masking is absolutely superb! I also love the ink-blending that you have achieved! Your post makes me smile! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!
Helen Kalb said…
Thanks Virginia, I had a lot of fun with these cards!
Virginia Lu said…
Love it when you have fun creating! xo

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