Hello, Everyone! Thanks for joining me again today. I have this super cute birthday card to share with you using one of my favorite dies. The Slimline Film Strip die from Whimsy Stamps is perfect for making little scenes. 

Look At Those Cuties

How incredibly cute are these Fairground Friends from Clearly Besotted? I have to admit that this is my first Clearly Besotted stamp set. It’s not because I hadn’t heard of them or because I never saw a set that I wanted before. Quite the opposite! I have been eyeing so many of their adorable sets, but I can never pick and choose which one(s) to get. And while I do admit to buying too many crafty items, I can’t justify buying ALL of their stamps…or can I? I knew I had to have this set as soon as I saw it, though. And I can tell you that I will be buying more Clearly Besotted cuteness very soon!

Making the Card

While the card has a lot of detail, it was fairly straightforward to make. I have used this die several times before, but this is the first time that I have used it with Black Mirror card stock from Tonic Studios. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to use any other paper with it again. The glossy shine gives the filmstrip the perfect look.

I trimmed a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock to be the same size as the filmstrip. I then placed my filmstrip on top so that I could mark where I needed to mask along the sides. I put some Post-it tape along those areas so that when I stamped my scenes, they wouldn’t show through the little holes in the filmstrip. I placed the panel in my MISTI and used the filmstrip to figure out the placement of the fairground image for each scene. I stamped each scene with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and clear heat embossed them. 

Once my scenes were stamped, I colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I used water to blend, although you don’t really need to do that with Zigs on Bristol paper. Finally, it was time to color those cute critters! It was hard to pick just three from the set, but I’m sure I will be using the others very soon. Just like the scenes, I used my Zigs to color the critters. I then temporarily positioned them over each scene so that I could figure out where to stamp the sentiments.

I adhered the panel and filmstrip die to a white card base measuring 3.5″ x 8.5″, and then I popped all three critters up with foam tape so that they would stand out from the background scenes. I finished the card by adding a few white gel pen highlights on the critters, as well as some black gel pen on their eyes and noses. 

I am in love with this card, and I hope it brought a smile to your face. Comment below to tell me which scene is your favorite. I hope you’ll join me again next time!

Wishing you all a crafty day!

Allison

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