Be Inspired Blog Hop: Cute Critters

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 Welcome to the Be Inspired Blog Hop!

This month’s theme is….Cute Critters!

I decided on a little bit of whimsy and using the Nuts About Squirrels Stamp Set from the 2021 July – December Mini Catalog! 

Create this Happy Birthday Card using the Nuts About Squirrels Stamp Set and Layering Diorama Dies. Stesha Bloodhart, Stampin' Hoot!

Every Tuesday I am sharing two “hoot-a-riffic” color combinations.  Even though it might not look like it, the card today uses the combination of Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzazz, and Sahara Sand.  The colors are a little muted as I used the smooching technique (see below for my smooching tutorial) and I stamped off on scratch paper prior to stamping the leaves so they more closely resembled the smooched ink. 

Color Combination Stesha Bloodhart - Pear Pizzazz, Cajun Craze, Sahara Sand

Nuts About Squirrels Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Order Online with Stesha Bloodhart, Stampin' Hoot!

Are you nuts about stamping? We are, too! And it’s easy to go nuts with the Nuts about Squirrels Stamp Set. This set features two cheeky squirrels that will look adorable scampering across any of your projects. Create a scene using the acorns, leaves, and tree branch. Mix and match the greetings with the images to create cards for birthdays, get well, and thinking of you. Use the Two-Step pieces to add color to your squirrel, add texture to your leaf, or to create a multicolored acorn. Or if you’re feeling especially artistic, you can color the squirrels using your favorite coloring techniques. No matter where you live in the world, you can customize these critters to match the fauna outside your house. Red, gray, brown—these creatures are just plain cute no matter their color.

This is a Two-Step Stampin’ set; it allows you to layer two or more images to create one final image with extra texture and dimension in the colors you want.  Photopolymer – Set of 13

I am slowly working my way into making video…I think I am close to moving on to real-time (instead of time-lapse) so stay tuned for upcoming videos with a little more detail.  The video above shows how I colored the squirrels with a Water Painter, Smoky Slate Classic Ink, and Shimmery White Cardstock. 

Create this Happy Birthday Card using the Nuts About Squirrels Stamp Set and Layering Diorama Dies. Card by Stesha Bloodhart, Stampin' Hoot!
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Begin with a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of Shimmery White Cardstock.  Score and fold at 4 1/4. 

Cut three pieces of Shimmery White Cardstock to 5 1/4 x 4.  Crop the centers of each with Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine using a different size Layering Diorama Die. I used the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th LARGEST dies. 

Smooch each layer with the following Classic Inks:  Cajun Craze (bottom), Pear Pizzazz (middle), Sahara Sand (top).  (You can view my smooching tutorial here). Adhere the layers together with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 

Stamp the squirrels in Jet Black Stazon Ink onto Shimmery White Cardstock.  Color with a Water Painter and Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, and Soft Suede Classic Ink.  (Watch my video demo here).  Trim the squirrels closely with Paper Snips.  Adhere as shown with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 

Stamp the branch x 2 and leaf veins x 6 in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink onto Shimmery White Cardstock.  Stamp the leaves over the veins in stamped-off Cajun Craze , Pear Pizzazz , Sahara Sand.  Trim closely with Paper Snips.  Adhere as shown with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 

Stamp the sentiment as shown in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. 

Embellish with Mango Melody Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins. 

Create this Happy Birthday Card using the Nuts About Squirrels Stamp Set and Layering Diorama Dies. Stesha Bloodhart. Stampin' Hoot!

What do you think of these squirrels?  Kind of have a Rocky and Bullwinkle vibe…adorbs. 

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  1. Tanya Rees

    Such a cute project Stesha


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