Big news! Yesterday I delivered my first consignment of projects to the Wallace and Area Museum in Wallace, Nova Scotia. This is the third retail location in Nova Scotia where you can pop in and buy my finished items. The other two are Glooscap Bazaar in Economy, and Five Islands Bazaar, Five Islands. Wallace is a beautiful place to visit and occasionally I’ve even seen seals in the bay. So when I saw the We’ll Walrus Be Friends Stamp Set it immediately reminded me of the village.
My new stamp set was waiting for me when I got home so last night I simply had to get it inky…
WHAT COLOUR IS A WALRUS?
My immediate thought was to colour my walrus grey. I’m not exactly sure why, but in the end decided to go with pink. However, instead of colouring it myself I cheated a bit. I found a subtle petal pink sheet in the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack that was simply perfect.
Using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the floating walrus image onto the DSP and cut him out with Paper Snips. Then I used a White Stampin’ Chalk Marker to colour his tusks.
Next I stamped the bottom of the image onto Shimmery White card using Balmy Blue ink. I cut out just the ice section but cut straight across the walrus rather than around his flippers. With that done, I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix the walrus onto the ice.
WIDE OPEN SEA
If my walrus was to be floating, my next task was to create some sea.
Once again I opted to keep it simple, using scrap paper to mask the top part of a layer of Very Vanilla Card. Then with a piece of Stampin’ Sponge I quickly sponged some Balmy Blue ink over the bottom section.
Next I used the scrap paper to cover the ‘sea’ and roughly sponged Seaside Spray ink over the rest of the layer for the sky. The sponging wasn’t smooth, but then again neither is the sea or sky.
Now the background was done I used Balmy Blue ink to stamp the floating walrus image on the prepared layer. Then the assembled walrus image was fixed on top with liquid glue.
Finally to complete the front panel I stamped the “Just floating by to say hi” sentiment in Tuxedo Black ink. Next I used liquid glue to mount the panel onto a layer of Whisper White Card, before adding it to a Balmy Blue Card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
To complete the project I took another layer of Whisper White Card and a Whisper White Medium Envelope. I masked off all but a 3/4″ strip along the bottom of each and sponged the strips using Balmy Blue ink.
Then in my newly created ‘sea’ I stamped two little fish from the We’ll Walrus Be Friends Stamp Set with Balmy Blue ink. As soon as I’d fixed the Whisper White layer inside the card base my project was done.
There’s lots of other fun walrus images in the stamp set, and fun sentiments too. I have a feeling I’ll be playing with this set for quite a while.