Happy New Year….I’m Not Crazy….I Do See Blue Elephants

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!

Happy New Year 2008

The Color Challenge on Splitcoaststampers today is a fun one.  The colors to use are red, teal and celery.  Teal is not a color I use often as it is a bit too dark for my taste.  But for this challenge I decided to make a couple of "elephants in love" with it and combining their hearts together.  How many of you remember the day when it was the fad for a boy to give his best girl a little silver or gold heart on a chain that was split down the middle? He kept half and gave her the other. I guess I am aging myself. I don’t think the kids now a days are quite that sentimental.

I stamped the first elephant, masked it and stamped the second.  I painted with a watercolor brush and reinker.  I used a dauber to add celery to the lower ground area and decided I needed a little body of water in the scene to add one more touch of teal.  I masked off the top elephant and then use a Post-It to mask off the top side of the water.  I filled in the little area with a dauber and removed the mask.  I used another dauber to complete the grassy area on the other side of the water.  I used a mini tipped sponge applicator to fill in texture in the grass area and then sketched in little flower and grass sprigs with an artichoke marker.  I dabbed on little red flowers with a mini tipped applicator and sponged the grass and sky area with hello.  I did a little free hand heart with red cardstock and cut it in half and added little white dots to make the heart separation show better.  I punched a hole in the trunks of both elephants and stuck the little piece of gingham through so the little heart could appear to hang from both.  I know….I’m a sap! I created a red dotted background layer with my red marker on a scrap piece of watercolor paper. I never am happy layering watercolor paper over pure white cardstock and many times create a background layer out of watercolor paper so I will have a perfect match. I did not any background image to the base layers as I liked the perfectly plain look of the red and teal.


Stamps:  Rubbernecker-Baby Stuffed Elephant

Paper:  Red, Teal, Watercolor

Ink:  Black Brilliance, Adirondack Dye Inks and Reinkers

Accessories:  Gingham, Markers, Brushes, Daubers, Mini Tipped Applicator

6 thoughts on “Happy New Year….I’m Not Crazy….I Do See Blue Elephants”

  1. This is darling and very creative. I am not sure that I would have made the jump from “red, teal and celery” to “baby elephants in love” but you did and it is so darn cute!! The “broken heart” necklaces are still around, because I recently brought my great niece from another state to live with me (that is another whole story about professional woman with no kids decides she should “adopt” 14 year old relative — not enough blog space!) and she has wanted one of those to send to her best friend back in the other state. A different take, but the same necklace. Great card as always.


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