Awhile ago I shared a card on my blog featuring a diecut deer in a clearing. It was a white-on-white card. Completely diecut.
I truly loved that card, but this time I wanted to try the components of the same bundle in a card, but this time, both the stamps as well as the dies.
The white-on-white completely diecut card I shared with you previously:
This latest card is very labor intensive. I started out by stamping part of the scene in a neutral color.
Since I needed to do some masking, I stamped the deer image one more time with a temporary adhesive on the back of the paper I'd stamped it on. I then fussy cut this piece, being careful to cut a little bit INSIDE the inked portion.
If you cut right on the inked line, you get too much of a halo effect around the masked image. I got some of that anyway, but it was fixable.
After fussy cutting my deer mask, I laid it right on top of the deer I had originally stamped. I then stamped the next set of trees, with the stamping going right over the deer.
By having the mask in place, I didn't get trees going over the stamped deer. In using the mask, once it was removed, it appeared that the deer was standing in front of the trees.
You can see in the previous photo that I have a bit of halo around the deer, where there is no ink. I was able to fix that with a Stampin' Write Marker in the same shade, by drawing in the missing portions.
After the stamping was all finished, I die cut the tree foreground. Placing it in front of the stamping, the deer was fairly lost among the trees. While this is perhaps realistic in spotting a deer in a wooded setting, I didn't want it for my card.
You can see in the photo below that I'd added lines on the trees/branches that I thought should be eliminated so the deer can be more out in the open.
The next photo shows how much of the diecut trees I'd carefully cut away.
I put Stampin' Dimensionals in strategic places on the back of the diecut piece.
The next photo shows how the setting turned out after some pruning of the trees.
And a closeup:
The card took a lot of time, patience and precision. But I am quite happy with the final result.
How can a deer tell when a leaf falls silent in the forest?
She hears it breathing differently.
- Richard Bach -