Hi everybody. I'm back with a Hobby Art Stamp set called Otters and it has some really lovely images and as I needed a masculine card I thought it would be good to give it its first stamping for this card. I love otters and when I saw this set I just couldn't resist. Quite a few years ago our son adopted an orphan otter pup in my name as a Christmas gift and they sent me occasional photographs of how it was doing. It was on the Isle of Skye and I so wanted to go and visit the place but it being a long way to go I never managed it and within the year they released it back into the wild which was great.
Anyway here is the card. I have made it with the CAS Mix Up January Challenge in mind the theme of which is Splatters. I used stamping, heat embossing, stencilling, ink blending and watercolouring.
I started by using a A Special Touch Of stencil called Splats which I have had for ages but haven't used that much. I stencilled using Stormy Sky Distress Ink and decided to extend the largest splat a bit to accomodate the size of the otter so started by making a roundish shape using a brush for a light look and when I was happy with the size I used the stencil to give the splatter shape adding extra of the little round water droplet shapes.
I then stamped and embossed the otter using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder. I then water bleached the blue colour out of the otter and watercoloured using a waterbrush with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black soot DIs. I finished watercolouring with a bit of Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch DI to the water around the front of the image to give a little movement and shadow to the water. Finally I added a sentiment stamped with the Vintage Sepia and heat embossed again with the Clear Gloss EP.
Before I go I would like to introduce Hannelie, a new follower who I think many of you will already know and who makes really beautiful cards in more of a CAS style and does them brilliantly. If you haven't come across her you will find her blog here.
Do go and visit the CAS Mix Up Challenge too and perhaps join in as it is open until the 24th so still time to get an entry in. Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.
I am also entering the following challenges:
NBUS Challenge - No. 22 where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Happy Little Stampers January Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations January Challenge - Favourite Stamps (the otter is new and a new set is always my current favourite).
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 21 A Stencil Background.
The Male Room Challenge - No. 146 Animals. (so pleased to get an Honourable Mention)