And a very warm welcome to my new followers and those lovely ladies checking in from WOYWW, thank you for all your kind comments and for taking the time to visit.
Here, as promised, is my finished tunnel book on the animal theme set by Hels for this week's Sunday Stampers Challenge - and this was a challenge as I really don't have many animal stamps in my stash! (Apologies for the awful photos there's something weird about the light here today)
And some close ups - can you spot the squirrel hiding in the trees?
Here he is...
A shot showing the construction
Sort of showing the spritzing on the background
I came across the idea for this tunnel book in Cloth Paper Scissors' Bucket List issue and thought it would work well with the Gorjuss foxes stamps (I had originally intended to do a small canvas - but liked the idea of the Gorjuss girl peeping at the foxes from behind the trees; the 3D nature of this project was ideal for giving the depth I needed to make the peeping idea work).
This was a fiddly but fun project (which owes much to the amazing engineering properties of the paperclip here - click on the photo to enlarge and you'll see what I mean!) and would make a lovely and different card for some one you love VERY much (it squashes down to about an inch thick - but perhaps one for hand delivery!)
Top tips for this one
- use a bone folder to make your accordion folds
- to make the folds even start in the middle and then fold each half in two, then each quarter and so on
- crease each fold both ways - this stops the cardstock curving in on itself
- work out your page designs on scrap paper first then flip over and transfer your design to the back of the cardstock
And now for the details...
Girl and foxes - Gorjuss "The Foxes"
Woodgrain - Kaisercraft woodgrain
Sign - Stamps Away C1081
Squirrel - Habico Vintage Corners
Background - Distress Inks (DI); Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, Forest Moss spritzed with water to give additional texture (I wanted the look of dappled green light coming through the forest)
Woodgrain - DI Gathered Twigs
Inking on trees - DI Tea Dye
Girl and foxes - Memento Rich Cocoa
Sign - DI Antique Linen to tone down the bright white cardstock and Papermania pigment ink
Text and brad - Adirondack Alcohol ink Pitch Black
Copic Ciao and Sketch, Promarkers
Kraft cardstock, super smooth white cardstock, Dovecrafts Back to Basics Vintage Christmas 6x6 paper stack
Spruce tree die - Marianne Designs Creatables LR0136
I'd love to know what you think...
Have a lovely weekend