by Kim Singdahlsen
Some of my favorite cards to create are those with little scenes, especially those using the Whittles! In this case, I'm using the Whittle Happy Fox. The new Petite Blooms Flower set includes tiny little flowers that were perfectly sized to create a little garden for this happy guy.
I decided on a color scheme, then used a variety of Memory Box cardstock pads to pull two tones of each color. I used the smallest flower in the set to cut two of each and layered them up along with a coordinating gem. Since it's a small scene, I used a frame to highlight it. The Scalloped Stitch Frames had a great size - and it comes in two pieces so I highlighted the inner frame with the soft blue. I wanted the sentiment to pop so I used the Colwell Label Set and then used dimensional adhesive to make it stand out.
I'm a clean and simple cardmaker so I tend to use dies just as they are. I love the look of them when they are colored or sponged or paper pieced - but I generally just die cut them and use them. (That's a great thing with the Whittles - they have so much detail on them, they can work just as they are.) My simple diecut style is partly because I can't seem to be handle scissors well enough to get a clean edge but I did end up piecing this one together with two colors.
You can see the detail lines on the die at the top of the next picture. The detail lines don't die cut - but they are there to make it easy to trim along those lines and give them multiple colors. I'm still not good at the scissors - you can see some of the jigs and jags on my cuts - but those lines really make it easy to add the detail to the fox. (BTW - I know foxes generally have black legs and I tried adding the black - but my artistic side took over and the black just seemed too heavy for the soft colors on this card.)
I truly love the facial expressions on the Whittles. I made this card last Saturday and smiled back at that little guy the whole time. I took the photos on Sunday and smiled the entire I was editing. And now I'm writing this early on Wednesday before a long work day and his happy face is going to stick with my throughout the day! I hope you have enjoyed him as much as I have!