I so love the Country Animals stamp collection. I grew up in a rural area and now live in basically the middle of nowhere, so animals are my friends! I think I literally grew up on the back of a horse. I had the very best babysitter. A bay Quarter Horse named Peaches. In the horse world, she was truly a unicorn! She was the type of horse that you could walk underneath and had patience for miles! She only had one fear….camels. Yes, camels! I am sure you are thinking how is it we even learned that! There was an exotic animal farm not too far from me, anytime we rode by, the camels came running. She was not a fan! But, in all the years I had her and the places we went, camels are the only thing that ever phased her. Horses like her are truly a rare find. It is even hard to find realistic horse stamps! I have a stamp drawer dedicated to my horse stamp finds. I was thrilled when Close To My Heart came out with the Country Horse stamp. Another stamp for the collection! If you have a fondness for country animals, you need to check out the collection, which is currently on sale! The stamp with a coordinating die is only $5.00 or you can purchase just the stamp set for $2.50! The sale ends February 29, and these stamps are retiring then as well!
I created my card based on the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. I pretty much went exactly by the sketch.
Horses come in all sizes and colors. My personal favorite will always be a bay Quarter Horse, which is what I tried to create with my coloring. My horse was stamped in Intense Black ink and then colored with Prismacolor pencils. I started out by shading my horse with PC937 and then added in PC946 to create the brownish red color. The mane and highlights are colored with PC935 and PC 1067. I did my best to leave a white heart on the forehead. I have a serious love/hate relationship with white gel pens! I really wanted to make the heart pop with a white gel pen, but it seems all in my possession are on their way out! I can never keep a white pen! They all work so well when I first purchase them and are total duds after a couple of uses! I did manage to get it to work to add highlights to the eye! I blended out my pencils with Gamsol and die cut my horse. I then popped the horse die up with 3-D foam tape to the stitched circle. My sentiment is from the Life is a Journey Stamp set, which is also currently on sale and retiring as of February 29.
My papers are from the Spruced Up Collection, as horses and woodgrain just go together! The red tones in my bay horse work well with the Sangria pattern paper as well.
All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
C1818 Life is a Journey Stamp Set
Z3649 Country Horse Stamp/Thin Cut Bundle
X7253S Spruced Up Paper Collection
X7253C Spruced Up Coordinating Cardstock
Z6516 Sangria Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Prismacolor Pencils-PC937, PC946, PC 935, PC 1067
White Gel Pen
Z4181 Stitched Circles Thin Cuts
Z3318 Basic Circles Thin Cuts
I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania-Tic Tac Toe-Critter, Die Cut, Sentiment
Make My Monday-Critters
Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes
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