Cactus Hugs

Hello again. I have been crafting quite a bit this week – no work, and hubby has been away, but returning shortly. I shan’t get much done and posted for the next few days, as I’m also going to an Indigo Blu crafting retreat – 3 whole days! At Indigo Blu!

Hopefully I’ll get to try some new techniques. We’ve been asked to take a pasta machine and things to roll clay with – I’ve never worked with clay before, and I don’t have a pasta machine – hopefully someone will share………..!

So, this may be my last post for a few days. Here is the card:

I used one of the new stamps from Clearly Besotted – ordered Sunday on their release day, and arrived yesterday.

I took a piece of Make-It colour blending card and planned my layout. The first things I stamped were the three cactus, using Gina K Amalgam ink, then stamped again onto masking paper, masked them off, and stamped the shelves. Well – I say shelves – but they are actually tag stamps from another Clearly Besotted stamp set……………and the top shelf didn’t stamp well, but I didn’t notice until I had removed the stamp – thank goodness for s steady hand and a black art-liner pen!

I then used a range of Copics to colour them – three shades of green for each cactus – changing the tones on each one – so a total of 9 shades of green.

The sentiment is from the cactus stamp set, stamped into a little tag, fussy-cut, and stuck down onto the little ribbon already stamped.

Quite a bit of planning went into this, even though I was following a sketch layout, and is a CAS card. I struggle sometimes with the layers – which to stamp first, which can be masked – but I think I’m getting the hang of it – front first, then work your way back…………..I think….!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Always Fun Challenges shades of green

Crafting Happiness Challenge anything goes with option of green

Freshly Made Sketches sketch

The Card Conceptphoto Inspiration – using shelves, and green and white, and a CAS style

Stamplorations CAS Challenge CAS option light blue (option not taken)

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