Scene Building with Mirror Stamping + Links to Free Printables

Hello, hello! Today I will be sharing with you a scene card I created using Mama Elephant clear stamps. If you do not know already, Mama Elephant stamps are among my favourites so when they had a free gift promotion in conjunction with Share Handmade Kindness Challenge, I went ahead and checked out those items in my wish list! Now I just can’t wait for my happy mail to arrive!

[Supplies are linked at the bottom of the post.]

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This is a card I made for a dear crafty friend who has been very supportive since I started sharing on Instagram and I thought it would be nice to send her a card along with some gifts. Since she is in South Island while I’m up in North, I chose “flying” as the theme of the card. I first stamped some critters using VersaFine Ink Pad in Onyx Black on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb as I would be colouring them in using Copic markers. I wanted the hedgehog to be facing his friends, so I did a little mirror stamping using this brilliant idea by Chari Moss. Here’s a different technique by Jennifer McGuire. The critters, mini umbrella and rocks are from Ella & Friends. The bigger umbrella was from Carnival Cupcakes which of course I could not resist but added some polka dots with Copic Marker in R29. I kept the shading to minimal for this card as the images were rather small.

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I then created the background by blending the Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks in Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn, keeping the edges of the card darker. Before that, I masked off the images that had already been coloured simply by fussy cutting them from a scrap paper and applying some re-positionable glue on the back. To achieve a realistic grass effect, I used Copic Markers in G40, G82 and G99 in small, upwards vertical strokes. With the images and the grass masked off, I then sprinkled some water droplets onto the sky and blotted off the excess using a paper towel.


Now that the scene is almost done, I cut out a circle right in the center and hand lettered the sentiments. I wrote “TO SAY” using a white colour pencil on a black card stock for added interests. I then lined the sides of the circle using a Sharpie Permanent Marker and drew faux stitched lines around it. To finish off the card, I added sequins to the background and popped up the card stock before adhering it to a card base, leaving just a tiny glimpse of white on the top and bottom.

I also want to share with you some incredible kindness projects in the crafting community:

  1. FREE “Throw Kindness Around Like Conffetti” printable and a 3″ x 4″ “Kind People Are My Kind Of People” card by Amy Tan over at Amy Tangerine. Her hand-lettering is simply gorgeous!
  2. FREE “Share Handmade Kindness” digital files by Christopher Alan over at Brutus|Monroe (available throughout the month of November). If you are new to Christopher, he has just launched his first line of craft products including stamps, inks and patterned papers.
  3. FREE “Random Act of Kindness” printables by Tracy Mae over at Mint Owl Studio. These tags are the perfect addition for treat bags and notes.

I hope my friend would like this card as much as I had fun making it. As for now, I got to get going to printing out those free projects for a little something I prepared for my mail woman and garbage men.

Thank you for stopping by and see you soon!

Hugs, Michelle


This card is also in the following challenges:

Share Handmade Kindness Challenge Week 1: Friends & Family

Lawnscaping Challenge: Thinking Of You


Simon Says Work It Wednesday October 2015


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