Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Garden Friend

Many thanks to all of you who left comments on my Praying Mantis card post, and shared your stories about these groovy little creatures.

The day after I published that post, the praying mantis featured in it moved on to bigger things; I haven't seen it, but I'm pretty sure it had outgrown the pot it was living in. I know enough about them to know that once they can fly they often move on, but I did find myself missing the ritual of finding it amongst the leaves. Happily, a new little guy showed up on the other side on the porch. It's still pretty tiny, and I hope it sticks around long enough for me to watch it molt, because that's cool.

Can you see it?

I was pleasantly surprised to find a praying mantis stamp in my stash; I've owned these wood-mount stamps forever, and I was glad to have a chance to use it.

Using a green stamp marker, I stamped the Praying Mantis directly onto the Core'Dinations cardstock base, and filled it in with a colored pencil.

The design was inspired by CAS(E) this Sketch #38 (right). I glued on the lengths of fabric leaf trim with ZipDry.

The "hello" sentiment is made with green plastic Marquee Letters from The Paper Studio. I adhered them with Glossy Accents.

After notching the top corners with a Marvy punch, I mounted the decorated piece onto a a piece of the same green cardstock, but with the shiny side up. The card base itself is Kraft paper.

CAS(E) this Sketch: Sketch #38
Craft Your Passion: 3D
Dynamic Duos #63: Garden Green & Pear Pizzazz
Lady Anne's Challenge: Monochrome

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  1. Such a clever way to use this leaf trim! The colors fit so well into our challenge. I'm so glad you joined us at Dynamic Duos this week:)

  2. This was a fabulous idea for our colours this week. Lots of fabulous detail added to make this card special! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Dynamic Duos this week, we sure hope to see you back again soon :)

  3. Fabulous CAS card CG.Colors are so nice. You have done it very beautifully.

  4. The tiny little praying mantis on your card makes me smile. he looks so cute tucked in among the leaves of your trim. Great way to create a garden scene. Thanks for joining our 3-D It challenge at Craft your Passion challenges. I hope we see you again soon.


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