Saturday, 21 January 2017

SMILE Family portraits!

Good Morning all, i hope you have all had a good week and those that haven't been well are on the mend. 

So today I'm sharing the second outing of my Tim Holtz crazy mini cats and dog stamps.  I went with the idea of family photos on the wall.  This time instead of colouring the cats and dogs I left them white and went with a bright background. 

First i stamped the cat/dog, and drew in a little background scene using a black fine liner, i then masked the images with pebeo drawing gum, once that was dry i built up the colour with distress inks, this one is ripe persimmon and cracked pistachio.  I then splashed on water and where it dries gives a mottled effect.   

I then stamped over the top in grey using Stampin up Dictionary definition stamp to add detail. Once dry remove the drawing gum and shade around the images using a soft grey pencil to add more depth. 

Close up to show the detail better

This version is twisted citron and picked raspberry inks. Different from the cats is that i used a pale lilac marker on the dogs noses and collars. 

This version is salty ocean and wild honey inks, where they meet gives the 3rd colour of green.  

Smile is a sizzix die cut in the same colours of ink and a black shadow added.  Craft wire and gems to add the picture hangings. 

and showing one of the inserts, i stamped all of them in grey with the same cats/dogs i used on the card front.  A5 cards in size. 

Thank you for looking and all your comments on my last uploads.  Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. Emma 


  1. Fun images and amazing cards made me smile Ginny x
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  2. These are brilliant Emma, love the designs. Your fault, I have had to buy the set! Lol.
    Pam x

  3. These are brilliant what fab designs love them Love and hugs Carole x

  4. These are fabulous Emma. love the bright backgrounds, totally fallen in love with them

  5. Emma they are fabulous , makes you smile looking at them you have amazing ideas
    Love them . Jxx

  6. Brilliant cards Emma....Love the bright backgrounds....Joolsx

  7. gorgeous cards Emma think my fav's are the red and green with white dogs

  8. Love these Emma! Lesley

  9. Great character stamps you've used on a super set of cards, nice idea to add your own hand drawn elements - Steph x

  10. Well these so do make me smile. Gx

  11. They are great Gx

  12. Another fantastic set of cards, love all the background ideas and thank you for explaining how to do it, lots of inspiration. Just love them all. Kirsty x

  13. These are absolutely STUNNING and I really love the setting. Betty X


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