Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Moo-chas Gracias Card - Animal Parade #OAK Tree Stamps

I'm so in love with this OAK Tree Stamps release.
This is a cute barn themed Thank You Card, that will focus primarily on the coloring. I also used an embossing mat and a stylus to give the character some dimension, Want to know how? keep reading...
This card features a Barn with the head of Bertha, the cow, peeking from a window, and on the inside, a haystack with a cutout of Bertha on top.
Another staging for the card.
Inside of the card.
The front of this card is very simple cutouts.
The barn was cut from Neenah Creative Collection Royal Fiber, 65lb cardstock in the color Firecracker Red. This paper has a rough enough texture to give the barn a distress look without making it too messy.
I then inked the edges using Red Barn Distress Ink on a Mini Ink Blending Tool and embossed it using the Memory Keepers Trim Embossing Folder to resemble the wood beams.
Black window backdrops
I glued the black window backdrops to the back of the barn and the white window and doors frames to the front. Don't forget the little ovals that represent the handles of the doors. I also glued the roof to the top of the barn, make sure to match the top borders of the barn and the roof.
For the Background, I used green and light blue cardstock, Inked with Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean Distress Ink respectively.
The hay coming out of the top window, is a bright yellow cardstock inked with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink on a Dauber.
For the assembling, I raised the background with some foam tape, as well as the barn and Bertha's head.
Side view of the card, showing all the levels.
Using the Lawn Fawn Grass Border Die, I cut a piece of green cardstock and placed with foam tape it on the bottom of the bar. 
Notice the faux stitching on the background panels
Now for the peeking head. I made a diagram to show the colors I used for Bertha, a simple, very traditional, white with black spots cow. The paper I used is COPIC's Express Blending Card, the best cardstock for smooth color transitions. (link below)
I represented lighting coming from the top right, so shadows were projected on the bottom left, and highlights were drawn with a white gel pen mostly on the top right contours of the image. I'll get back to the inside of the card in a bit.
For the character in the front I stamped the head twice. I fussy cut only the muzzle in one of them and the whole head in the other. I then embossed the pieces using a rubber embossing mat (Cuttlebug) a stylus and the back of a pen to give it a multi dimensional look.
I used the Back of a Signo Uniball 0.38 black pen, but any round object will do

Change the angle of the tool you are using to achieve a nice round shape.
Use a smaller tool for the hair, the ears and the horns. 

I also did some embossing on the front to represent the nostrils and to make a difference between the Muzzle and the rest of the head.
I then applied foam tape to assemble the pieces.
Adhere the muzzle to the head.
And finally, put the head on the barn door slightly tilted.

Now for the inside of the card, the file comes with the Hay Stack image for you to draw with a pen on your machine. I used a 0.5 American Crafts Precision Pen. This pen fits perfectly on the pen holder of the Cricut Explore and gives a look similar to a stamped image. Just remember to change the layer attribute to Writing and attach it to the square background (I placed these two layers on top for easy reference)
Once the image was drawn, I colored the hay and stamped the sentiment Above. I then colored a whole stamped image of Bertha on a different piece of COPIC cardstock, fussy cut it and glued it flat in front. I did this a separate layer so you wouldn't have to worry about positioning the character in a specific place.

I also painted a shadow to the right of Bertha once she was glued to give the illusion of being in front of the stack. For this I used a N04 and a N02 COPIC marker.

I really hope you like this card as much as I doand as always, I would love for you to comment, share, subscribe and like our Facebook page.
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