I’ve seen some wonderful cards made with the new sloth set Hang In There from Lawn Fawn and I knew it had to be the basis of my entry for this month’s Seven Hills Crafts Challenge. The tic-tac-toe prompt for this month was:
I chose the top line: Animals – Watercolour – Bold Shades.
Of all of them, I think this fits my style the most. Also, who doesn’t like Sid the Sloth from Ice Age? *dances the sloth dance*
I actually made two cards: one using Distress Inks (left) and the other with Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours (right). I like them both equally and I managed to get two different effects out of them. I like the vibrant blue on the water colour version perhaps a little more and it is this version that I entered into the challenge.
I started with two pieces of watercolour cardstock sized to an A2 panel. I followed the same process for both backgrounds: pad or brush some ink/paint down onto a piece of acetate or packaging, spray with some water, ‘smoosh’ the paper onto the acetate and then dry with a heat tool to prevent the colours from mixing too much. I repeated this several times to build up the layers until I was happy with the result.
On some more water colour cardstock, I then stamped out some foliage from the Blissful Botanicals and Critters in the Jungle sets, along with the hanging sloth from the new Hang in There set. I used Versafine Black Onyx ink and stamped it several times in my MISTI to get solid, thick black lines. I coloured in the elements with my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi water colours, using Sid as a model for the colouring. Once dry, I die cut them out with the coordinating dies.
I adhered some of the foliage directly to the background with some Multi Medium Matte, popping up the sloths and a few leaves using some foam tape to give a bit of dimension.
The sentiment banners were white heat embossed onto black card stock and adhered beneath the sloths.
Wonderfully colourful cards that, for once, did not need any further embellishing.
UPDATE: Thanks to Tara and the DT who picked me as the Challenge Winner! I can now proudly display the winners badge on my sidebar!