fly away monkey...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I usually like to make birthday cards specifically for the individual that I'm sending it to.. However, I have found that it's good to have a few extra on hand for those days when your best laid plans go out the window... 

Because, let's face it... That happens a lot!

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Recollections Glitter Paper
Stamps: LDRS Creative Safari, Lillian Friends and Love; My Favorite Things Up In the Air
Ink: LDRS Creative Coffee Bean, Grape Ape, Lipstick Jungle, Dan-D-Lion, Raven; Copic multiliner
Coloring: Copics
Monkey- E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E29
Purples- V01, V12, V15, V17
Pinks- RV21, RV13, RV14, RV19
Yellows- Y11, Y13, Y15, BV000
Sky- B00

This little monkey may look familiar to you if you've been following my blog or YouTube channel... a couple weeks ago, I posted a very detailed card with a video tutorial, that can be found HERE..  However, this little guy is SO STINKIN' CUTE, I wanted to do another card.. in my usual CAS style.

These balloons come from a LDRS Creative stamp set that is exclusive to HSN (you can buy it HERE). The way the string is drawn on the stamp just didn't make much sense when combining it with my monkey, so I didn't ink up the strings, and instead used a multiliner to draw my own strings.  This gives you a lot more flexibility when using balloon stamps! 

Since I used no-line coloring for my monkey, I did the same for my balloons... I chose to make my balloons opaque (so I wouldn't have to fuss with coloring semi-transparent objects). If you like the coloring challenge of transparent objects, that would look AMAZING... But I was trying to keep this quick and simple.

After doing all my stamping and coloring, I masked the balloons and the monkey and did some airbrushing to add in a sky background. 

I stamped the sentiment twice, slightly shifting the paper so the letters are a bit off set. Since this is a very simple font, it adds a little extra character to it without making it hard to read. 

I matted the front panel on some glitter cardstock, and then onto my card base, and it's done! CAS!

So, question(s) for the day:
 What do you prefer to make.. CAS or lots of detail?
And... Do you prefer seeing other people's CAS or their detail packed cards?

See you soon!

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