Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Friends of the Forest card ideas – night and day

Stampin Up UK Demonstrator Friends of the Forest

I love animal images so was instantly drawn to the Friends of the Forest stamp set in the Stampin’ Up!® January-June 2022 Mini Catalogue. I love the stylised fox and rabbit and when I discovered the the deer image coordinates with the Deer Builder Punch which has carried over from the July-December Mini Catalogue it went straight onto my shopping list.

Today I have two versions of a similar card design to show you using this gorgeous Friends of the Forest stamp set. The cards feature a variety of techniques, including colouring with Stampin’ Blends, masking and colouring with Blending Brushes. 
Stampin Up UK Demonstrator Friends of the Forest
I made the white card a few weeks ago, having fun colouring the images using Stampin’ Blends. I coloured the deer using the Ivory marker, creating a paler area on her back by missing that area out and blending it slightly using the Color Lifter.

The tree is coloured using Ivory for the trunk and branches and light and dark Granny Apple Green for the leaves. This was quite a laborious/therapeutic task, depending on your views on colouring! It is fussy cut and glued flat to the card front.

The rabbit is Smoky Slate on a Crumb Cake log, the flower is Daffodil Delight and the toadstools are Poppy Parade.

Stampin Up UK Demonstrator Friends of the Forest

To finish off, I used a strip of Bloom Where You’re Planted Designer Series Paper as it has the perfect woodgrain effect to go with the tree and woodland creatures. 
I often find that Stampin’ Up!’s patterned paper goes with lots of different stamp sets, especially when you turn it over to find the more subtle designs on the reverse. This strip of paper is glued flat to the card front, while the white panel is popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals to create a step and add interest. 
Stampin Up UK Demonstrator Friends of the Forest

That was several weeks ago and the card has sat waiting for its moment in the limelight. Finally its time has come!

Stampin Up UK Demonstrator Friends of the Forest
While browsing on Instagram I happened upon a gorgeous creation by Laura Mackie, a hugely talented UK Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator, who had created a night-time card featuring these cute little Friends of the Forest. I decided to take her night-time idea and remake my first card using Blending Brushes and some masking to create an atmospheric scene.

Stampin Up UK Demonstrator Friends of the Forest

I created a moon mask using Layering Circles Dies on a sticky note and added colour around it using Misty Moonlight, plus a little Night of Navy in the area behind the tree. I wish I’d made a smaller moon but didn’t have the time or inclination to start again.

The grassy area is Granny Apple Green, one of my favourite colours as it is so bright and cheery. I coloured the tree using Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends, too, with some extra ink added afterwards using a Blending Brush. 
Stampin Up UK Demonstrator Friends of the Forest

I masked off the flower as I am too pedantic to have a flower in full bloom in a night-time scene and added extra toadstools. As they were stamped onto green, I used a dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blend to add the colour, then a Chalk Marker to pick out the white spots.

In fact, I went a little darker on every colour when colouring the images on this card, as I wanted them to reflect the moodier night-time theme. So I used Crumb Cake instead of Ivory on my deer and tree trunk, and chose Cajun Craze for the fox, instead of the Smoky Slate of the daytime rabbit. The bird is Light Night of Navy and Dark Balmy Blue on the night-time scene, instead of subtle Pool Party on the daytime card. 

Stampin Up UK Demonstrator Friends of the Forest

I didn’t have any more woodgrain paper but found a wood-panelled design in the same Bloom Where You’re Planted pack and sponged it with some Crumb Cake to make it darker. And instead of stamping onto the card – which wouldn’t show up against the night sky – I used a little Stitched So Sweetly label with the word “hello”.

This tip will save you lots of time! Whenever I die-cut a label from Basic White cardstock, I cut a few spares from different dies, so I can do them all at the same time. The unused labels go into a box which I keep on my stamping trolley. This means I often have a suitable label to use for a greeting when I am making a card. 
Stampin Up UK Demonstrator Friends of the Forest
Which card do you prefer? The clean white of the daytime card or the dark moody night-time project? 

If the Friends of the Forest stamp set is on your wish list and you live in the UK, I would love it if you considered shopping with me. If you are in the UK and would like to order, please visit my store and, if you use the current host code 2FYQAK7T, I’ll send you a thank you gift in the following month. Don’t forget if you spend more than £45 during February 2022, you will qualify for a FREE Sale-a-Bration gift, too!

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  1. I really like both but prefer the night time version, love all the colors on this card. A lot of work I am sure but it does make it Pop!

    1. Thank you! It was much quicker than I thought it would be - those blending brushes are really fast


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