Let's just dive right in to these cute cards! I knew that I wanted to use the cow print stencil from the Sassy & Crafty Seeing Spots and Paw Prints Stencil Pack. Come on! Cows are my favorite! But the question is ... do I want to do a black spotted background or a brown spotted background? We have both kinds of cows where I live. Of course I decided to do BOTH!
When I make cards I tend to start with the backgrounds. They often take a bit of time to dry, so I start with them and by the time my coloring is done (I am SUPER slow) the backgrounds are often dry. I wanted to make some brown Glitz Glitter Gel to match my brown spotted cow design and the Gold Glitz Glitter Gel was just too gold for my vision. So I made my own custom color! I took a bit of Iridescent Glitz Glitter Gel and placed it on my work surface and mixed in a few drops of Simon Hurley create. Grr! Reinker. This gave me a pretty light brown color! You can use a variety of products to change the color of you Glitz Glitter Gel - inks, pigment powders, etc. I just used what I have on hand!
I sprayed the back of the Seeing Spots and Paw Prints Stencil with Pixie Spray and tacked it onto a piece of white cardstock. I used my Stencil Pal to spread my custom Iridescent Glitz Glitter Gel over my cardstock. I removed the stencil, cleaned it, and replaced it onto a second piece of white cardstock. This time I used my Stencil Pal to spread some Black Glitz Glitter Gel over the stencil. I set both pieces aside to dry for about 45 minutes.
While the background dried I worked on my images. I stamped the ADORABLE cow from the Sassy & Crafty Have a Cow Stamp Set - and I have a tip in my video for getting crisp, dark black lines for your stamps! I colored them with Copic markers - one cow with brown spots and one with black spots to match my backgrounds - and cut them out with scissors.
I started arranging my Sassy & Crafty images on my Glitz Glitter Gel backgrounds and they just weren't working for me. Here's what I do when things just don't look right - I grab an outline or shape die to break up the background! Sometimes there's just too much for the eyes to focus on and everything jumbles together. I grabbed a wreath outline die from my stash and found matching colors of Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets - Tuscan Gold and Black Velvet. Flock Transfer Sheets can be cut just like paper, but give an extra touch of texture! You can really see it in the close up photos above! I used iCraft Ultra Bond Liquid Adhesive to adhere my Flock die cuts onto a piece of vellum and cut away the excess. The vellum helps to 'dull' the background and help the images on top to stand out a bit.