I really love making cards that are little "scenes", and my favorite stamps to do that with are animal stamps. The new Fennec the Fox stamp set was practically begging for a scene, so that's what I used for today.
I started out by blending a desert background, masking off a circle for the sun and then brushing Dandelion around for a bit of a flare. Then I used Antigua to blend the top of sky, going lighter as I moved down the cardstock, and then used some Fresh Peach for a touch of pink at the bottom.
Instead of blending desert hills, I chose to handcut some kraft cardstock and then blend a bit of Cup O' Joe at the top. For a little more texture, I mixed some Cup O' Joe with water, and flicked it onto the kraft paper. After quickly drying, I adhered the kraft strips together, and then adhered it to the bottom of the blended background.
Instead of masking out the clouds when I blended my background, I die cut the Safari Sunset Fancy Die, twice out of white cardstock, and then adhered it to either side of the blended panel. I then covered up the sides with two strips of cardstock.
Finally, Fennec! I stamped him in black, colored him with my ZIG's and some water, and then trimmed down. I stamped an accompanying sentiment (from the same stamp set) in Versamark, heat embossed in white on black cardstock, and then die cut using the speech bubble from Yes Stamp & Cut (I kind of have a thing about animals and speech bubbles ;)).
After adhering the fox and sentiment, I topped the card off with some pearls.
Do you like building card scenes? If so, what're your favorite tips and techniques for them?