Friday, December 7, 2007

Bloggers Challenge -- Here Comes Sandy Claws...

Welcome to Friday! It's Blogger's Challenge day and it feels great to be back in the swing of things. Today's challenge was to Watercolor....and watercolor I did!

The crab was stamped, then masked, and the hat was stamped over it. Both were watercolored with Watercolor Pencils AND Watercolor Crayons, then layered on a red Nestibility scalloped square. I added a bit of liquid applique` to the hat and a bit of Crystal effects to the eyes to add interest.

The bottom (background) is a piece of white cardstock. Half was decorated with a Stampin' Up! Jumbo wheel, and the bottom was Cuttlebugged. I love how the coloring looks on the bottom! Here's it was done:

  1. I inked 1/2 of the Mesh Cuttlebug Embossing Folder with Cocoa ink (the bottom half, so the bumps were colored).
  2. I placed the paper face-down in the bug and only put 1/2 of the cardstock through the Bug. (This is an easy version of the Cuttlebug Smoosh Technique from the August 2007 Technique Junkie Newsletter).
  3. Then I added red and brown watercolor crayon colors with my aqua painter to get the multi-colored background under the bumps. Dry with a heat tool, and Viola` - instant interesting background!

To finish, I inked the edges of the white piece, added the torn Cool Carribean strip, added a velvet ribbon and layered the background on red and Caribbean paper before popping the crab piece with pop dots.

I hope you like it as much as I do!!! I may make more of these to add to my Christmas Card stash -- my DH keeps adding names to the list!

All Stamps (c)Stampin' Up!

17 comments:

Cathy said...

Very cool idea Pat! I am going to have to try this myself.
Cathy

Summerthyme Studio said...

Such a cute card Pat!!!!!

Vicki

Lori said...

So cute! The Cuttlebug background looks great with the crab image.

Stefanie said...

Super cute Pat!

Ida said...

Very cute and I just love the way you did your Cuttlebug portion. It's awesome.

Lila H said...

Great idea!! what a fun sample to add to your stash. happy to see you back in the groove.

Beth Norman said...

What an adorable card. I borrowed this set from a girlfriend and think I need to buy it. You did an awesome job here.

astampingteddy said...

I just LOVE, love, love the mesh portion - too cool!
Claudia

Lauren (mytime) said...

I love the CB mesh!Perfect accent for this card. Wicked cute.

MJ said...

Very very cute. I love the details and the technique too although I have not tried it yet. Great job.

Lynn Mercurio said...

How very cute. Great card!

Anita said...

Great card, Pat!!! Love the crab and nice work!

Anita Van Hal
www.anitastamps.com

Lisa Bohler said...

I just love your Sandy Claws!!! Too cute!

Anonymous said...

How Adorable! I have the lobster version of the Sandy Claws stamp and you've just given me a kick start on how to use it. Thanks Pat!
Rachelle

Summerthyme Studio said...

I know I already left a comment on your cute little crabby, now I have come to play tag!!! You're it!! Link to my blog for the details!!!
Thanks a bunch!

Vicki

www.stampingwithsheryl.com said...

This is too cute!!

Darlene L said...

This stamp set always makes me laugh! He is just so darn cute! Love it.