monkey shaker...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I have been having so much fun with the Safari stamp set from LDRS Creative's May release!!! 

If you love animal stamps, love creating scenes (from simple to complex), and you enjoy the magic of masking, than this may be the perfect stamp/die set to add to your stash! 

You can do adorable CAS cards as well as complex scenes... 

So much fun!

Today's video is going to the monkeys!!!

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Stamps: LDRS Creative Safari
Inks: LDRS Creative Evergreen, Coffee Bean, Dan-D-Lion; Uniball Signo White; Copic multiliner
Coloring: Copics
Greens-YG11, YG25, YG17, G28
Blues- BG0000, BG000, B00
Browns- E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E29
Yellows- YR30, Y13, Y15, BV000
Dies: LDRS Creative Woodland Foliage Frames, Safari
Other: LDRS Creative Stamping Mask Paper; mini brad, micro beads, craft foam

Today's card is on more on the complex side... Not that any one part of it is hard, but I'll be honest, it did take quite a bit of time to stamp out that jungle! I find masking to be a really fun technique though, so I didn't mind the time it took. 

I love that LDRS Creative's Stamping Mask paper is nice and sturdy... I was able to stamp all my leaves just using  just 3 leaf masks! Even with all that stamping, no ink bled through!  

The shaker part of the card is filled with micro beads and die cut bananas.... This is a great way to use some of your smaller stamps with matching dies! Custom shaker fillings can add a lot of character! 

I'll go over my coloring in the video, but I wanted to show you that when you use a light purple to shade your yellow, it looks really good once you blend it out into the yellows! I know it can be a bit scary adding purple on top of yellow, but I promise, it works! It's all about the color theory, and how complimentary colors desaturate each other.   This works with other complimentary colors too... (colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel).  When I took a design class, one of the things they had us do was mix red, yellow, and blue paint together... you end up with a mud color... That is basically what you are doing when mixing complimentary colors... adding all the primary colors together.  However, because you aren't adding equal parts, you will just desaturate your main color, which is perfect for shadows! Yellows are where I tend to use it most since it's harder to find good shadow color markers for them. (purples and blue-violets can also be great skin tone shadows!)

And no, you don't really need to color your shaker fillings with so much detail... that's just how I roll!

I had to do a little surgery on this monkey to get the banana to fit in his hand... You could mask it if you wanted, but I chose to cut the hand at the fingertips so I could glue them on to the banana at a slightly different angle.

To add just a little more interest to the card, I attached the monkey in the vines with a brad so he swings around! 

This video will walk you through the whole card... 


If you want to see more fun ideas using this stamp set, check out my post today on the LDRS Creative blog... at the bottom you will find links of places to find LDRS Creative inspiration!

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