SUO Challenges Blog’s challenge is a card created with weddings in mind. This was the perfect timing for a card I created to a friend’s son’s engagement party. They are both missionaries in Hong Kong. She is here preparing for their June wedding, but he is still in Hong Kong and will travel here closer to the wedding date. My friend told me her future daughter-in-law LOVED elephants. So, when I could pre-purchase the new Love You Lots SU! hostess stamp set, I didn’t hesitate to purchase it just for the elephant.
There is only one elephant in the stamp set, but I wanted two elephants kissing each other with their trunks; so, I looked up a couple of techniques on YouTube for stamping reverse images. I found one where you turn a large enough polymer stamp upside down on a block and then stamp your image onto it and then quickly stamp it onto the card stock – no successful – in fact, epic failure. I, then, saw a Jennifer McGuire tutorial where she stamped onto a sheet of acetate and then restamped onto the card stock. I tried it and I got a good enough image to work with. I did have to take a fine tip sharpie and fill in some of the outline.
I then took Basic Grey and Smokey Slate and added some shading onto the elephants. I gave a wash of color onto the elephants using an aqua painter with some Smokey Slate. I stamped the heart in Real Red from the SU! stamp set Wood You Be Mine? Then as an accent to the bottom of the page, I used a stamp from the new SU! stamp set Swirly Bird. I stamped off using Basic Grey ink. The sentiment stamp is from a SU! card kit Watercolor Wishes. The stamped portion of the card is raised with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I think this is the perfect engagement card for elephant lovers:
Update to Initial Post: Last night 5/27/16, I had an email Pinterest alert for the cutest card ever. It was like mine but different. Here is the link: http://swathicrafts.co.uk/love-you-lots/pinkies-blog-hop-card-featuring-affectionately-yours-speciality-designer-series-paper/ Why didn’t I think of making the other elephant PINK!!!!! And, on top of that, she had great instructions on how to transfer the image from the acetate to the card stock. She used a bone folder to press down on the acetate to make a crisper, fuller image. I wish I had ran across this tip when I was doing my card!
Stamp Sets (All SU!): Love You Lots, Wood You Be Mine?, Watercolor Wishes
Inks: Basic Black, Basic Grey, Real Red, Smokey Slate
Card Stock: Whisper White
Accessories: SU! dimensionals, black Sharpie fine tip marker, SU! blocks, SU! paper trimmer