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Sunday 24 April 2016

Rusty the Squirrel

Hello my crafting friends, so good of you to join me today. I have another card to show you that I made for the Sheena Douglass ONE DAY SPECIAL  on Hochanda today 8pm and tomorrow at 7am, 9am, 12pm, 4pm and finally at 7pm. If you like Sheenas stamps and dies do take a look it showcasing her Perfect Partners Range. I know she will have some fabulous demos for you all.

This is one of my all time favourite Perfect Partners Die Acorn & Leaves & Little Acorn Stamp set, the dies are the little Acorn and leaves, the stamps are more leaves/acorns and the beautiful Mr Squirrel. I dedicate this one to Pamellia and all her family of Squirrels she has of late, I am sure she can give him a name lol!

I decided to just have him sitting on a bed of leaves so I made them Autumn colours as its my favourite season of the year. I have used Tim Holtz Distress Inks Crushed Olive, Rusty Hinge, Forest Moss, Antique Linen, Ground Espresso and Squeezed lemonade to colour it all in using the colours as paints, for this you rub some of the colour from the pads onto your craft sheet/glass mat and use them as paints, do not go to the distress ink pads directly as paints, although they are water based you will water down the colour and they will be no good.
I used all these colour inks to paint the leaves, trying to get as natural look as possible on the colours.

For Mr Squirrel I painted him completely over with Antique Linen, followed by Ground Espresso then Rusty Hinge until I got him the shades I wanted, of course if you prefer a Grey Squirrel then you only have to change the colours!

I was very happy with how he turned out and I did not wish to lose any of the detail by trying to cut him out so I just fussy cut around him leaving the finest White boarder I could to show him off. I raised him up on the leaves so he stood out a bit more.

Around the edge of the card I stamped the Little Acorn and leaves, the Acorn I painted with the same three colours as Mr squirrel, the leaves I used a Spectrum Noir Aquablend Pencil in one of the Greens from the Naturals selection.
To complete the card I die cut a few leaves and a couple of Acorns, painted them then added them to opposite corner of the card as seen to add some definition.

I added the sentiment using Black Stazon ink, the sentiment comes in the stamp set, I think its such a beautiful sentiment.

I hope you like my card and please join in to view the shows to see all the beautiful creations from the rest of the Design Team.

I am entering this into  as for Earth Day I love all the beautiful wildlife that we have .

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx


  1. Good morning Jacquie,
    Love this card, the leaves are are amazing, so real looking.
    Have a great day
    Patricia X

  2. Hi jacquie, great autumnal card.....very suitable for the weather we're having at the moment. Janice

  3. Oh Jacquie, you have put such a big smile on my face this morning and given me a boost to start my day!! What a beautiful card and I am so honoured you would dedicate this to me!! I shall call him Rusty and he now has a permanent home on my Squirrel Art page of my blog. So beautiful Jacquie, I just love him in his pile of leaves. Looks like he's having a fun old time!! You are amazing my friend!! hugs :)

  4. Just catching up Lovely cards This is so cute and thank you re tips for painting with Distress Inks Never thought to try painting with them Another on my "must try" list

  5. Absolutely fabulous, I love that squirrel and the design if stunning. Hugs Jennifer xx

  6. A super card Jacquie, such a fun little squirrel and brilliant design.

  7. Hi Jacquie
    Ah, so cute is little Rusty, clutching his nuts (stop it!) Has a real Autumnal feel with those beautifully coloured leaves.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

  8. Ok, Jacquie, I'm totally in love with your squirrel! You know since "meeting" Pamellia's squirrel family, I have never looked at squirrels the same way! And now, your lovely painting will help me to see even more beauty in squirrels--especially on your lovely card!

    Thank you for sharing this with us for our Earth Day challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

    PS I was somewhat distracted by your blog list in the sidebar--I see you follow Barbara Gray who had a post on Joan Armatrading. I had to pop over, because she was my favorite female vocal artist as a teenager! Brought back fond memories!

  9. What a stunning design! I adore your amazing squirrel!
    Thank you so much for joining in our Earth Day challenge at Anything But Cute! Branka DT xx

  10. You should go check out Anything But Cute today Jacquie! hugs and happy weekend :)


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