Category Archives: Mama Elephant

Cats and … more cats postcard

It’s been a while since I’ve joined in with the Postcard Art swap just because I’ve had so much going on… but this month I’m back in the gang and the theme was Cats or Dogs.I went for cats for my postcard though and used my Cats meow Mama Elephant stamps. I just adore these clustered group big stamps (I’ve got the dog and snowman one too!)I stamped it and masked it and added a few more kitties to the back of the crowd including one with a sign saying hi! Then I watercoloured them using a mix of distress inks.The distress inks I used I had pressed onto my glass mat and then sprayed water onto it and smoothed another piece of water colour card onto it to create the background…. a great way of keeping the colours the same!I then added the meow words on the background and edged the panel. The top panel I trimmed down a bit so it would be smaller than the base to show the inky background and edged that too.Once I had adhered it I then added glossy accents to some elements like the sign, the heart, the monacle. This gives them a raised and glossy finish.Love how this came out and how cute these kitties are!Happy crafting!Catherine

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Cat Inchies

I made my inchies for this month’s swap at UK stampers forum and use the Mama Elephant Cats Miaow stamps to create the focal image and then had fun colouring them with pencils.

Aren’t they the cutest kittens?

Love how they each have a personality and how the colouring shows up under the layer of embossing.

Hopefully the recipient like them too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Snowman two for one

Today I have two cards made using one stamp… the So many Snowman stamp from mama Elephant. This is a fabulous stamp… just like the dog and cat one I also own. Love it!

I took my inspiration from this card that Kristina Werner posted last year. Although clearly I’m nowhere near as skilled or as practised as she is.

I used watercolour to colour both the sky and the Snowman elements and then heat embossed the sentiment and chopped it into three pieces… one for on a longer card and two as panels on the standard card.

I finished both off with a white sharpie paint pen to add snow and some highlights to my little snowmen… so so cute!

I’m enjoying making Christmas cards now… good job as it’s nearly December… so be prepared there are more to come!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

All creatures great and small inchies

Hi

So all the swaps for last month’s Artist Trading Coins swap should have arrived with their new owners now so I can share the twinchies I made to go with the swaps as little thank yous to those who joined in.

I decided to make a few different sets this time rather than them all being the same…

I made eight using the Dogs Woof stamp I used for my coins for the swap.

I kept them really simple … a background made from brayering fresco finish paints and then heat embossed the image. I then added a little bit of colour using the coral fresco finish paint and embossed the sentiment on to card coloured with the same paint.

Next I did a similar job with the Cats Meow stamp … but used different colours for the background and then added both pink for the ears of the Cats and blue for the accessories.

I then embossed the meow onto cardstock I had coloured with the Orchid pink paint.

So that’s 17 twinchies made for the group!

And I had to make a few more… as I was a few short… so I used Panda Party stamp and fussy cut them out on to the distress oxide background.

And a couple had to do without as I ran out again but also ran out of time… ooops! Sorry gang!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Clean and simple inchies

I fancied a change of pace for the inchies I was making for this month’s UK stampers swap and wanted a clean and simple look. I had a little hunt through the stamps and thought the mama elephant dogs woof and cat meouw sets with the individual animals would be perfect.

So I cut some mount board into 1inch squares and then stamped all the images onto them using Memento. I don’t often use memento ink but knew I wanted to use promarkers and it’s the best ink for them.

Then each little cutie got a base colour of ivory.

I am not the most proficient colouring person with alcohol markers but I’ve learnt that for me adding a base layer is a good start. Then adding layers on top and returning to this colour helps to blend the colours.

What helps, or actually may hinder, is that these are super tiny images so they don’t need much work in terms of many colours but I still wanted to achieve a blended look and some shading…

Which on some I managed but not so much on others!

Still I was super happy with these.

Finished with a simple edge using a warm grey colour.

Cute images and a real change of pace for me from the mixed media stuff I’ve been sharing.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

All creatures… artist trading coins

So another month has started and all the coins from last month have been sent on their way to their new owners … And it really was amazing to have such fabulous artwork shared. And yesterday I announced to the group the theme for October…

All creatures great and small.

I figured there were lots of humans in last month’s swap so it was time balance it out and give the rest of the creatures a chance.

And what did I go for… well I went for a simple look and used the Dogs Woof stamp from Mama Elephant.

I painted the card with Baltic Blue Paperartsy fresco finish paint and then stamp and embossed with white detail powder the image. I had to do it twice to get three coins cut.

Then I used Paperartsy paints to add colour to the Dogs.

I made sure I then cleaned all the embossing off the images and added a little bit of shading with some pencils. I heat embossed the woof sentiment three times for each coin and then added those to the coins.

Really cute stamp and a really simple set of coins to make.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy birthday KJ

So one of the princess’ best friends had a birthday party yesterday for her birthday that is actually tomorrow… and here is the card I made inspired by her lovely dog Lottie…

I had to use the Dogs Woof stamp and stamped it a few times before trimming it down and colouring with ink and a water brush.

I then stamped one of the single images and diecut and mounted this … and then inside the same image.

Hope KJ likes her Lottie inspired card. And here is a pic of the lovely Lottie dog!

Happy crafting!

Catherine