Cute critter card

I’m not a “cute” type of person. I preferred climbing trees when I was younger instead of playing with dolls, although I did love those paper dolls you dressed up by changing the paper dresses that stayed on when you folded the tabs…remember those? I don’t remember fawning over cute animal images and I had posters of footballers on my wall  instead of cute Japanese/Asian pop stars. I do admit to maybe having a poster of Barry Manilow on my wall but I don’t think anyone would consider that as cute! Lol!

Anyway, with age, I’ve gone a little soft I guess and I’m starting to appreciate cute animals, cute babies… and cute critter cards! Problem is, I’m not very comfortable with making them. Unlike water colouring flowers which I just threw myself into and now feel very at ease with, I’m still struggling with making cute cards, but I refuse to give up! Why, you ask, do I persist then? Only because I LOVE a challenge! Speaking of which, I made this card for the Aubergine colour challenge going on at Imagine until the end of night sky.jpg

So, here’s what’s supposedly a cute critter card… except its not exactly oozing with cuteness, is it… but I think its cute in a not terribly cute kind of way! ;))

 Anyway, here’s how I made the card. I first cut out a scallop on one of my scraps (i.e failed 1st attempt to make this card…) using a Sizzix scallop die, and used it to mask the rest of my card. I then sponged in Versafine’s Imperial Purple into the scallop circle.

Side note: I used Clairefontaine 250gm multi technique paper as my card stock. I ALWAYS use this paper when I want to blend watercolours or inks with water as its the best ratio quality price I’ve tested. Using the right paper is VITAL if you want your inks to blend well.


I spritzed some water onto it and used my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to blend the ink and give it that extra shimmer! I could have just sprayed glimmer mist but I didn’t have one the right colour.


Once it was dry, I stamped in the trees from Inkadinkado using Versafine black Onyx ink. To create the shadows of the trees, I first inked up my stamp, stamped it on the card and without re-inking, stamped it again on my card behind the first row of trees. Its called 2nd generation stamping and is a great way to create interesting effects.

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I added the wrong ink in my photo above but I wanted to use it anyway to show you the shine created with the Spectrum noir sparkle pen! Now onto the little fox from Create A Smile’s “Clear Friends in the Woods” stamp set, which I first stamped with Versafine Onyx ink on a piece of scrap, and coloured him in with my Zigs clean color real Brushes.  I gave him a nice reddish colour so he would blend with my Aubergine sky.

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I fussy cut a snow hill, placed it on my sponged panel, and die cut the whole panel with Sue Wilson’s rectangle stitched die, so that the stitching would be on the feet of the hills too. I added my little fox on a “hill”, and added a little grey shadow around his feet to add some dimension to him. I stamped in the sentiment from Stamplorations using Momento’s Rose Bud dew drop ink, as I felt the card was a little on the “dark” side as opposed to being cute so I wanted to lighten it a little. I carded up my panel onto a light salmon card base and my card was done!

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I hope you liked the card and enjoyed my post. I’m curious to know if you think this card is cute or not!


I’m sharing this card over at:

casologyCASology – Odd. I think my little fox is kinda odd just sitting there looking at us! LoL!

aurora.pngAurora Wings Challenge – Clean and Simple

create and makesCreate and Makes – Anything Goes

allsortsAllsorts challenge – Trees & leaves





8 thoughts on “Cute critter card

  1. Love your card AND your post, Gwendolyn! No, I agree that Barry Manilow is hardly what I’d call cute, LOL, but I do love your little fox and fab stamping technique in the background. Kind of “cuteness with a twist” Fabulous! Thanks so much for joining our CAS challenge at Aurora Wings. xxD

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