My daughter works as Librarian at one of our local schools and, when I asked her what she found the current trend regarding images might be, she was quick to agree with me that it had to be magical creatures. The "stars" among these magical creatures are what I've also seen in the crafting world: unicorns and fairies. I have stamps featuring fairies and even mermaids. I do not own a single unicorn stamp. A quick visit to the rather inadequate Michael's in a nearby larger city did not provide me with any images of unicorns, either.
I don't know if you're familiar with a cute quote which I've come across several times this year: "Roll me in fairy dust and call me a unicorn!" Well, I might not have a unicorn image but I could use that quotation to my advantage.
Now that you've heard the "backstory" to my card, you'll better understand what I've done.
I began with a base of Heavy Whisper White cardstock. Then I took a piece of Watercolour paper and had some fun with two of my Distress Oxide inks, the Broken China and the Wilted Violet. With the Broken China, I dabbed the paper into the ink which I had sprayed lightly with some water. After heat drying that, I took an old toothbrush and dipped it into the Wilted Violet which I had sprayed with water. Running my finger along the bristles caused a nice, fine spray to fall on the paper. I heat dried that and, after stamping the sentiment from the Magical Mermaid set in the top right corner, I mounted it on a piece of Berry Burst cardstock and then onto the base.
I took a scrap of Shimmery White cardstock and stamped the image of a kitten from the Pretty Kitty set and also one of the fairies from the Fairy Celebration set. I put those aside to dry thoroughly and worked on the inside of my card. Onto the white base I adhered a piece of retired Coastal Cabana cardstock. Then I added a piece of Whisper White onto which I stamped a sentiment from the Fairy Celebration set and the little fairy dust sprinkles from the set as well.
Back to my kitten and fairy. I freehanded a unicorn horn onto the kitten's forehead and then proceeded to fussy cut both images. Then I coloured them using my Stampin' Markers as well as a few other non-Stampin' Up! metallic markers. Then I took a small brush and added some transparent glitter paint to the unicorn horn, the fairy wings and in the area where I intended to mount my kitten.
Once dried, I used dimensionals to add my images to the card.
I love the expression on the little unicorn kitten's face! And the inside of the card is fun as well.
It was fun thinking about and using the trendy images. The Oxide inks are a current trend among crafters as well, so I'm heaping on the trends.
Check out the other fun cards over at the Inkspirational Challenge.
I'm also entering my card into the Seize the Birthday Challenge.
And finally, I'm also entering my card into the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #267 which is all about making your mark. Since all I've done is colouring of many types, my card qualifies.