Monday, January 18, 2010
Oh my goodness, this cutie-pie little monkey from Verve's new Love Monkey set makes me grin every time I look at him! I just love his little expression! Last week, during the release week festivities, Tosh hosted a "Get In Shape" challenge, which was to make a card that isn't a standard square or rectangle. I went with a circle card, which, believe it or not, I've never done before. Such fun, though! This definitely won't be my last.
My little love monkey is stamped in Ranger's Walnut Stain Distress Ink, then colored with Copic markers and trimmed out. The card is designed with Basic Grey's Sugar Rush papers and embellished with a Melissa Frances glittered heart, a button trio, a sentiment flag, and Swarovski crystals around the perimeter. On the inside, I included another sentiment and a pair of stamped hearts, also from the Love Monkey set.
To see tons more cute ideas for this set, visit Verve's Love Monkey gallery. I can hardly stand seeing that much cuteness all in one place!
Let me address the top fold, since someone might be curious. I started with a piece of folded ivory card stock, which I die-cut with one of Spellbinders' scalloped circle dies. I made sure the fold was just inside the die on two of the scallops, so that I didn't entirely cut off the fold. So far, so good, however, from the outside, I didn't really want those two partially folded scallops to show, so here's what I did to hide them. On the outside, I adhered a same-size green scalloped circle to the card front. The full scallops at the top hide the two folded ones underneath. I could have stopped there, but I also took the whole card and adhered it to a larger ivory scalloped circle. When the card is closed you see a double scalloped border - green and white. Does that make sense? Let me know if more pictures would be helpful!
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Stamps: Love Monkey (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Papertrey Vintage Cream card stock, Basic Grey Sugar Rush dp
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Stampin' Up Real Red, Papertrey Fresh Snow
Accessories: Spellbinders classic and scalloped circle Nestabilities, EK Success scalloped border punch, Melissa Frances glittered chipboard heart, Papertrey buttons, May Arts burlap string, Swarovski crystals, foam adhesive, Copic markers