Saturday, March 23, 2019

{Technique Tuesday} Anniversary Duo

My husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary this past Wednesday and we thought it would be fun to make each other a card using the same four sets! We picked Robbie Raccoon, Sammy the Squirrel, Parker & Penny Pig, and Bailey the Bunny.

If you've been following me on Instagram, you'll know that our most frequent visitors are squirrels and raccoons. The squirrels are always ultra cute and entertaining to watch, and the raccoons are extremely clever in the scariest way. The City of Toronto thought they had created raccoon-proof compost bins but the raccoons quickly figure it out. Click HERE to read one of the most interesting articles about our raccoons!

When Technique Tuesday released Robbie Raccoon for the March 2019 addition to the Animal House Collection, I joked that it was made for me! As always with the Animal House sets, the punny sentiments are fantastic and so versatile. It's not often that you see funny anniversary sentiments but the one both my husband and I used on our cards is perfect for the occasion.

When my husband gave me his card, I was so blown away by it that I forgot to read what he wrote! The card sat next to my computer and I admired it for hours before I realized that I hadn't read the inside. LOL I absolutely love how he shaded the squirrel with orangey-tan bits like one of our favourite grey squirrels.

It's quite hilarious that we both cut off the lid of the green bin (aka compost bin), as if the cheeky raccoon purposely spilled food from it as a gift to the squirrel. The City of Toronto also provides us with grey (garbage) bins and blue (recycling) bins, in addition to the green (compost) bins.

For my version, I modified the sentiment from its original four lines to two so it would fit better with my design. I also added a few extra details to my scene, like stamping the footprints in pumice stone to blend in with the sponged background and cutting inserts around the raccoon's tail and squirrel's paws to tuck in the watermelon pieces. It's always a joy to create with the Animal House Collection and I love that they're so easy to mix and match!

Don't forget, Technique Tuesday is celebrating everyone's special day with a once-a-year special offer. Enter coupon code HB2019 at checkout to get 20% off your entire order! Hurry, this offer ends on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at midnight PDT!

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Friday, March 22, 2019

{Technique Tuesday} Virtual Birthday Sale!

Today, everyone here at Technique Tuesday wants to wish you a Happy Virtual Birthday! We celebrate everyone's special day in late March with a once-a-year special offer. To get 20% off your entire order, enter coupon code HB2019 at checkout! Hurry...this offer ends on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at midnight PDT!

My card features one of my favourite birthday sentiment sets, Sassy Birthday, along with Gertie and Garth Goat, Hanna the Horse and Funny Farm. I started by stamping out all of the images with black pigment ink and heat embossing them with clear embossing powder.

Then I used distress inks to watercolour all of the images and die cut them with their coordinating dies. After arranging the images to determine their position on the card, I stamped a custom sentiment using three different phrases from Sassy Birthday and Gertie and Garth Goat.

When the sentiment was finished, I watercolored background to anchor my scene and adhered the elements to the card base with a combination of glue dots and foam tape. In my supply list below, I've included links to all of the stamp sets I used on my card, as well as other projects featuring those same sets.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

{Technique Tuesday} Big Stinkin' Deal

Hello, friends! For today's feature, I've combined an unusual trio of sets, including Sally and Sherman the Skunks (with coordinating dies), along with Beautiful Narcissus (coordinating dies) and Paper Airplane on the Border.

I'd yet to ink up Sally and Sherman or Beautiful Narcissus so I thought it would be fun to combine them. The flowers were big enough that they worked well as "bushes" for the cute little skunks. Ha! I used the Paper Airplane on the Border die as a grassy hill.

All of the images were heat embossed with clear embossing powder and watercolored with distress inks. I sponged the sky to match the pussy willows (is that what they are?) and splattered shimmer mist on the grassy hill to create a sparkly speckled look.

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