Hey friends! I know that it's rare that I do a blog post that doesn't include a video, but I've got a card set to share today that I hope you'll enjoy! I actually created these over several days, having a little color therapy down-time while listening to a podcast one night, and then doing all the assembly a few days later. So there's no video, but please do let me know if you'd like one! I'd be happy to film something similar for my 1 Set 4 Ways Series.
The set I was playing with is the adorable Elephant Friends by Hello Bluebird. I think this marks the fourth or fifth elephant stamp set I own, but I do love elephants -- they're in my top three favorite animals. Plus, they're super easy to color, so it makes them great for quick cards. And with all the little critter friends included in this one, I just couldn't pass it up!
I colored my images with Copic markers and die cut them with the matching dies. I did also pull in a few images from Greetings Bear for this second one, as well as the sentiment. On the first card I used a sentiment from Deer Friend, which I showcased last week.
All of my coloring inspiration was drawn from the gorgeous Simple Stories Good Vibes 6x6, which I picked up at my local Hobby Lobby last week when they were having a 50% off sale.
I tend to gravitate toward circle or rectangle focal points, so I decided to go in a different direction and use the MFT Elegant Rectangle STAX. I die cut both the panel and a mat of black polka dotted patterned paper for each of my four cards.
To create my backgrounds, I used the MFT Drifts & Hills and Cloud stencils to sponge on a little Distress Ink. Easy Peasy! Then I divided up my images so each card would have an elephant, a friend, and an accessory or two to set the scene.
To assemble, I found a card sketch on Pinterest that I liked, trimmed down all my papers, and adhered them with liquid glue, then popped the focal panel up with foam tape for a little dimension.
The card bases were Grout Gray to match the soft, warm gray coloring of the elephants. On the insides, I stamped a different elephant and sentiment on each with Lawn Fawn Manatee ink.
I hope you enjoyed today's post! Thanks so much for stopping by!