Flying Alligators


Today I’m sharing a photo tutorial I made for Neat and Tangled Throwdown Challenge.

I wanted to use images from “Later Alligator” and “So Fly” stamp sets, and to fit all the images I decided to make a trifold card.

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Let’s begin the tutorial!

First, I placed the stamps on my MISTI and stamped the images on some Canson Bristol paper using Versafine Onyx black ink.

Then, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color all the images. The colors I used are listed in the images. You can see in the pictures a bunch of images from “Big Top Birthday” that I didn’t use in the card, but I think the alligators eating ice cream would be hilarious 🙂 Also in picture #6, you can see I the banner from “So Fly” stamp set too. Once everything was colored I die cut the images using coordinating dies.

For my card, I trimmed down a piece of Strathmore Bristol paper to 12 3/4 in X 5 1/2 in. I prefer this paper for the card because is sturdier than the one I used to stamp my images. I used MFT Cloud stencil with Tattered Rose, Dried Marigold and Scattered Straw Distress inks to get a cloudy background. I apologize because the pictures are not very good, but the background is so pretty! You can see in picture #8 I went a little bit too heavy handed with Scattered Straw on the left side, but I think it looks like the sun is right behind those clouds 🙂

To make the balloons for the alligators I used Neat and Tangled “Balloon Duo” stencil, masking the area around the stencil with some post-it tape. I used Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey and Worn Lipstick Distress inks and I tried to concentrate the color in the bottom right corner and fade it at the top left corner of the balloon, it that makes sense. I love that you can see the clouds behind the balloons! Next, I scored the card base at 4 1/4 from each side, as indicated in picture #10.

I used Neat and Tangled “Scandinavian Prints” stamp set to stamp the strings of the balloons for the alligators to hold. I stamped the sentiment as well using Versafine Onyx black ink.

I used liquid glue to adhere my images to the card and added some detail to the images using a white gel pen and used a Sakura Black Glaze pen for the eyes of the critters.

Here you have some pictures of the finished card:

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I’m very happy with how this card turned out. I hope you like it too!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!


Shadox Box Card – Rat Gym

I haven’t had time to craft lately because I’ve been busy with some work trip and some holidays… and in the summertime, I enjoy outdoor activities and I don’t really spend much time at home. So it took me ages to finish the card I’m showing you today. I used Waffle Flower “Gym Rat” stamps and dies. Aren’t these hamsters adorable? I love them!! So I thought about making a shadow box card that looks like a rat cage/gym 🙂

I stamped the images on Bristol paper with Versafine Onyx black ink and colored everything with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. Then, I used the coordinating dies to die cut the images. I looked for a circle die in my stash to cut the inside of the rat wheel and used a craft knife to open a window on the rat cage. Then, I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx black ink.

I decorated the cardstock for my shadow box stamping some small images from the same stamp set using Lawn Fawn Yeti pigment ink. Then, I put together the shadow box and added the rats. I had to stamp more images because it seemed to me that I needed more elements… do you think it is too busy? Or do you like lots of images on your shadow box/ pop up box cards?

I wanted some white space to write a message, so I stamped the rat cage image masking the water dispenser and then I used a black pen to trace the black line. I die cut the image and adhered it to the backside of the shadow box, adding another super cute rat.
I’m quite happy with how this card turned out! I hope you like it too!!

I’m entering this card into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Pop It Up

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a wonderful day!!

Monkey Island inspired card


Today I’m sharing another card inspired by video games. I really enjoy playing video games with my husband. Actually, a month ago we got a Nintendo Switch and we’ve been playing a lot since then! So I guess this card is perfect for the current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge: My Favorite Place.

I don’t know if you are into video games, but the one which inspired this card is quite old. Oh, I have spent many happy hours playing Monkey Island! And since Lawn Fawn released “Ahoy, Matey” stamps I wanted to color the pirates like Elaine and Guybrush. I also wanted the people who’ve played Monkey Island realize that the card is inspired by it, so I had to add the three-headed monkey, using  Lawn Fawn and Ellen Hutson “Love Ya’ Bunches” stamps 🙂

So I colored the images using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers like the characters and fussy cut them. I used Lawn Fawn “Stitched hillside borders” and Mama Elephant “Ocean Waves Trio” dies to make the sand and the sea, and inked these pieces and the sky panel with Distress Inks.

For the sentiment, I used Lawn Fawn “Harold’s ABC” stamps. This is one of the most popular quotes of the video game!

Although I like this card, in my mind this was going to be great, and I don’t feel like it is. I may try something different inspired by the same theme to see if I got something that I like more!

So tell me, do you enjoy video games? Do you get inspired by your hobbies to make cards?

I’m entering this card into Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #34 – My Favorite Place

and into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: DistressIt

Thanks for stopping by!!