Having a ball!

Having a ball!



I've got a couple of really fun cards to share today using the new "watch this!" set from Anita Jeram for Colorado Craft Company.  I thought it would be really fun to make the puppies play catch and came up with a couple of different ways for them to do it, one comic style, one interactive and I really enjoyed making both!


For the comic book strip version, I used the slim comic strip die from Mama Elephant and cut it twice, once from mustard and once from white card.  I used the frame from the mustard and glued it onto a 9cm x 21cm card base.  I used the "inners" from the white die cut to stamp the dogs from the watch this set - as I wanted the ball on both, I inked up the dog with the bone avoiding the bone as much as I could and then using a moist cotton bud, wiped off any ink that I didn't want.  I then used the separate ball stamp to add the ball to his nose and on the middle two panels with some "movement" marks done with a fine liner to show the ball being thrown to the other dog.  I coloured them with alcohol markers.



I wanted to make this a celebration card so used a few congratulatory sentiments from the comic sayings stamp set also by Mama Elephant paired with a couple of the word dies from the comic strip die.



For the interactive card I stamped the dogs on either side of a 6x4 base card using the same technique to get rid of the bone and the ball from their noses.  Again then coloured with alcohol markers.  



I used the semi circle slider dies from Lawn Fawn to create an arched channel for them to toss the ball to each other.  I stamped the ball onto a scrap of white and fussy cut it out - the ball is "just" big enough to hid a spin and slide disk behind BUT it would fall through the channel, so I first stuck it to a circle of acetate onto which I drew the movement marks to give it more purpose.   A matching circle of white card (with hindsight I should have used acetate for that too to make it less noticable) and then you have a fun card where the ball can be tossed between each dog.   You just need some foam tape behind your front panel to give space for the slide to slide.   The sentiment is included in the watch this stamp set.



I hope this gives you some ideas of how to use your stamps differently - "rubbing out" bits is easy once you give it a go and means you can get lots of different looks.   You can also "tape over" the bits you don't want before inking if you don't want to use the cotton bud approach (although I do ensure I use paper stemmed buds now and not plastic ones which are easier to find in most supermarkets these days.)




Altenew will be live in store this afternoon/evening.


I'll be adding Purple Onion Designs restocks and "new to us" older items next (likely not before Tuesday)


We've got some blending brushes and desk top brush holders from Vassaen Creative coming on Tuesday.


It's then time for the "June" orders to be placed as companies start to email us sneek peaks - we've already ordered Lawn Fawn who are uncharacteristically having another release at the end of June.  Liz will also be back helping with packing so hopefully that will help me catch up on some other items we've missed (like Hero Arts) and hopefully to get back to getting stuff in store as quickly as we did before lockdown as I won't have to spend all day everyday packing!


Enjoy the rest of your long weekend.