Monday 10 December 2012

Lickle Wellyfants....

How are we?

I've had a really lovely weekend, all nice and relaxing - and even had a trip out to Lincoln Christmas Market yesterday with the family. Although, I must admit, it always seems to come to life more when it gets darker. We went around midday and the atmosphere wasn't there until the sun set around 4pm and it started to get dark. Suddenly, everything changed and it all seemed more Christmassy.

I could even be tempted to find my Christmas tree and put it up!!

So.. onto today's card, and I thought I'd share a card using some stamps that I won as a blog challenge prize. I totally love elephants, and these little guys are just the cutest!

I got a set of four... so it was difficult to choose which to colour up first, so I went for this one first... the other will be shown tomorrow!

Here's how I made it... 

  • Make it darker - I firstly coloured the image using watercolour paints, then decided to make the background much darker than I usually would. I went for a mix of dark blue and purple paints to add depth. Somehow it helped to make the colours of the elephants pop a little. 
  • Flush it - Of course I had to add some flush! A very good friend of mine once laughed that all my little animals have flushy cheeks... of course they do! It adds a little bit of personality doesn't it? 
  • Highlight it - A little dot or three of white gel pen (I use Papermania Artiste) on the eyes and on the cheeks add a little highlight to the important areas. 
  • Cut it out - I've decorated the card using a few different die cuts. The trees have liquid applique on them to give them extra dimension too. Using die cuts also helps to fill an empty space. 
And whilst I was colouring up these little cuties, I also decided to play with another couple of lovely stamps. 

This one was my total favourite from the set of Papermania stamps which came out with the Art Deco range. Isn't it just stunning. I love it. 

Again, coloured with watercolour paints and a very light wash background to make the colours pop. 

And this one was one I picked up from a local craft shop last week. I had got my loyalty points voucher, so used it for this lovely set. So classy isn't it.

As you can see, I haven't got around to making these two into cards yet... not sure how to finish them to be honest, but I'm sure I'll think of something by the end of the week. lol. 

Well, that's it for today... check back tomorrow for another little elephant card... I hope you like today's cards and pictures... Happy Crafting until next time!


  1. Love the way you've painted them, Jo. Did you used watercolour paper?

    1. Hi Lyn... yes, watercolour paper was used for these.

  2. Beautiful card, Jo. The image is so cute. Love the colouring and the die cuts. Thank you for the'how to'. Wendy xc

  3. Beautiful card, Jo. The image is so cute. Love the colouring and the die cuts. Thank you for the'how to'. Wendy xc

  4. Lovely card Jo - and the Deco images look lovely too

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE them...esp the elephants!! THen again there is nothing that you make that i don't love! Your colouring is just stunning! I must admit since my Mom used to collect elephants i have a big soft spot for them too! Oodles of love n hugz across the pond xoxo Lesley

  6. Love the card - cute image x


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