Hello, Tallie here. I’m back today with this congrats card, featuring the Chimply the Best stamp set and a couple of Heffy dies. My focus today is using die cuts to help create those background scenes, rather than having to completely colour one in. We don’t always have time to go full out with a scene card!
I started off by stamping out the cheeky monkeys from Chimply the Best in some Lawn Fawn Jellyfish ink onto some blending card stock. I coloured them in with my Copic markers, sticking to E50s for their bellies and faces, and E20s for their bodies. I die cut these with the coordinating dies.
I pictured a jungle scene for this card, so I used the Amazonian Leaves dies to die cut lots of leaves from two separate shades of green card stock. I put these aside ready for card assembly. If you have a few more spare minutes, a little bit of distress ink or oxide in the centre of the die cuts will boost the dimension. I kept it simple for this scene to demonstrate that you don’t always have to go full out for a great card!
For the main part of the sentiment, I die cut the CONGRATS letters from the Stitched Alphabetter dies. I chose a coordinating yellow cardstock to make them stand out from the background.
Now for the fun part – the assembly! I adhered the leaves around the edges of a blue card base, making sure they overlapped to give that jungly feel.
I wanted the cheeky monkeys to be holding or stealing some of the letters, so I adhered them around the letters. I’m posting this so I used liquid glue, but a little bit of foam tape would give lots more dimension!
The final finishing touch was to add a wavy banner sentiment under the die cut letters.
A couple of things you could do to add to the complexity of this card:
- Add some ink to the leaves to give some more definition;
- Alternatively, cut them out from white blending cardstock and colour them in!
- Ink or stencil the background to add some texture.
- Or, alternatively, go all out and colour the whole scene, like one of my previous cards!