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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Oh Deer, Christmas is Near!

You know you love a stamp set a lot when you bookmark it after seeing it on someone's blog and months later you still love it enough to go back and get it.  That's the story with this "Oh Deer" stamp set by Lil' inkers.  I was smitten after seeing this card on Joan Bardee's blog way back in May, but I waited... and then when I was a lucky random winner in Darnell's most recent NBUS (never before used schtuff) challenge I went shopping.  Of course, you can never get just one thing, can you?  More on that later.  Many thanks to Joan and Darnell!

As soon as I had time I sat down and made three cards, similar, but with small differences.  All are watercolored with Tombow markers on Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor paper.  The first is on a red card base.




The next two are on a kraft-color base.  Each uses a different paper from the retired BasicGrey "Jovial" collection, and the curve is cut with Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders One.  I changed up the banner color on each card and gave one a blue wash in the background.  Finished with some splatters toward the top of each image.




There's one more sentiment in the set, plus snow and holly berry stamps, but I'll save those for another time.  Three cards is all I had in me when it comes to production line stamping.  I hope you enjoyed!  These are my first Lil' inkers stamps and they've got me hooked now.  Have a happy day!



24 comments:

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

I love all your cards this morning! I have to say there is something about the first card that has really caught my eye! I love the image and the colors you chose to work with are perfect for my taste! Of course I always love your coloring skills...I guess I would say you play well with color!

Karen D. said...

gorgeous cards Leslie...love your pairing of dp's with the image.
xx Karen

Pretty Paper Junkie said...

Oh Deer! I think I must have this stamp. I just love what you've done with this stamp and that pretty paper. I love the water color. Is there no limit to your talent? (I off now to do a little shopping in my PJ's)

Donna Ellis said...

oh MY MY MY! Leslie, how do you constantly outdo yourself? I saw the first card, and my jaw dropped and the delicate water color on top, and the drama of the gorgeous black paper on the bottom. And then the next two cards popped up - and I thought - HOW DOES SHE DO IT? I can see why you are now hooked - they are darling and beautiful all rolled up together! Miss Leslie, you are amazing in your unique design style - it is ALWAYS beautiful, no matter what technique or coloring medium you use. xx

Joan B said...

wow wow wow. would never occur to me to add that patterned paper. this is gorgeous!!

Yogi said...

nice job on those cards. Have a great day

Kathy Krug said...

Such beautiful cards. The little bit of designer paper really adds a lot to the CAS design. I can see why you went back for that stamp.

Jean Staples said...

Leslie, Love these cards. You always make such beautiful projects TFS

Traci M said...

That's such a cool stamp, Leslie! I love that you it can be masculine or feminine! You've made 3 very pretty cards...the splattering adds so much depth...something I never think to do! Love your cards!!

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful deer images, banners, watercolor washes and Basic Grey designer papers. How wonderful to be able to add 3 cards to your Christmas card stash too:-) Hugs..

pam said...

Well I cannot add much to what your friends have said Leslie! but I`ll second my dear friend Donna`s comment! Fantastic cards, love the gorgeous image and that beautiful paper on card one.
Hugs Pam x

Susan aka rainy said...

I so love these! The image is beautifully colored (as always)!! Love the bracket die cut across the bottom of the image panel. And everything is set off with those gorgeous designer papers. These are WOW!!

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

No wonder you couldn't forget this stamp set - it is so pretty! Your coloring is wonderful and I love the die how it sets everything off! DSP papers really help bring a card together. Love it!

Pauline said...

Wow, these are all beautiful cards Leslie. I really don't know what else to say, as everyone has said it all! I love your layouts each with different papers. Your water colouring is wonderful, love the backgrounds on these as well, you have a knack for background water colouring, it's never too much is just perfect, and then the paint splatter, again never overdone! You always amaze me with your creativity! Stunning cards Leslie!

laurie said...

I LOVE these! What a great design and awesome coloring. I really like the plaid one!

Melanie MacKenzie said...

These are wonderful Leslie. I love the pattern paper you used. I think I may have some of that somewhere and now feel that I need to use it. Those stamps are new to me so I will go and have a look. Cheers.

Lynette said...

Three more fabulous cards, Leslie. And three more Christmas cards done! :) Congrats on your win with Darnell. Great choice.

Viv said...

Wow such stunning cards here Leslie,you are so talented mf. Well done on your win too ;) Viv xx

Cindy Beach said...

What fabulous cards! This is my first time seeing this stamp and these images are gorgeous with your coloring. Pairing them with the die and beautiful papers is masterful. I have a hard time picking, but I like the first one best. Black and red and comfort and joy = perfect.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my goodness Leslie, you have done an outstanding job on these, you just bring a stamp to life when you get a hold of them. Love the little different touches you have to them when coloring and I so love the papers you used with them too! Perfection!

Greta said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards! Love your design, the image & those beautiful papers!

Pam Sparks said...

I remember that paper! I probably still have some too in the stash! lol It's perfect with your gorgeous watercoloring and card design!

Diane said...

I can see why you wanted this stamp, it is so gorgeous and unique and you have created with it beautifully! Each card is as gorgeous as the other, I have that paper pad too and loved seeing it in use with each card, so very beautiful. In another note I have a couple puppy pics on my blog today...I forgot how mischievous puppies can be lol...and exhausting!

Susie said...

Love. Love. Love!!! The papers, the illustration, the feel, the look I may have to take a look at that stamp set (smiling). Our daughter has mounted deer antlers over her fire place. She found them in a shop in Germany and just had to bring them home (to her house) *haha* This is a card design she would love!

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