Friday, July 07, 2017

1656 Frog Eyes ~ A Sandra Caldwell New Release

Hi everyone! It's New Release Friday at Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs and she has some dandy images for us again this week. The Design Team has done their usual fabulous job creating projects with some of them but Sandra always has a few surprises for us, too. This week, I chose to play with the new image called 1656 Frog Eyes. He is a dapper little fellow although his sense of humour is a tad corny...LOL.

I coloured Frog Eyes with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils and then filled his glasses with Glossy Accents to make the lenses shine and give them some dimension. Frog Eyes was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black, and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border. Foam Tape was added to the back to pop him up because he likes to be noticed.

The 5.5 x 8 inch background began life as a piece of white cardstock used to clean yellow, green, and pink paint bits off my gel plate. Magenta Hue Archival Ink was applied to a grid stamp and rolled onto the background here and there. Sunflower Archival Ink was applied to a distressed circles stamp and applied in places, although a lot of that was covered up. A zigzag sewing stamp was also added with Jet Black Archival ink. Measuring tape washi adhered to strips of white cardstock so it was opaque was added in 3 spots in order to ground my froggy friend and add flow to the design.

The sentiment which was printed on white cardstock was cut into individual words. These were matted with black and popped up with foam tape. The background needed some contrast and a touch of black so 1.5 inch circles were punched from Carabelle Studio Templates packaging and adhered to the edges. It's amazing how that made the background instantly more pulled together and interesting. A tiny dragonfly button, minus its shank, was adhered in the top right corner and a simple double line border was doodled around the edges of the background. A black mat was added to the page to frame it and add a little more pop.

Thanks for joining Frog Eyes and me today. To see more of Sandra's wonderful new releases which will be in the shop later, and also see what our talented DT members did with them, be sure to drop by Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group, where they will be posted throughout the day. Pop by Sandra's Etsy shop, too, when you get a chance. You are sure to see many images that inspire you to create!

Life is good; so is art.

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