I decided that I was going to create a background for the giraffe by masking and sponging all around the giraffe. To get started, first I stamped the giraffe onto whisper white cardstock with brilliance graphite black. Then created a mask by stamping the image again onto Eclipse Tape, trimming that out carefully and applying it over my giraffe on the cardstock.
Then I sponged a background using Soft Sky for the top and Certainly Celery for the bottom. Once I was happy with how that looked, I peeled off the mask and colored in the giraffe with my SU markers.
To get into all the nooks and crannies, I applied crayon to the tip of my blender pen and colored with it that way, rather than crayon direct to the paper. The hearts here are colored in the same manner with Pretty in Pink crayon.
I stamped the heart and the "Love You" onto Pretty in Pink paper and trimmed it out. Tied a piece of silver cording around the base of the heart and popped that piece up on a dimensional. Once it was in place, I coated the heart, and the knot in the cording with Diamond Glaze to make a really shiny balloon. I tied a small piece of gingham ribbon at the tail height and secured with a glue dot.
The card base is covered in the polka dotted pattern from the Certainly Celery Designer paper and then there is a border of Certainly Celery and Soft sky matting for the main image. A strip of scallops is tucked just on the right hand side of the panel which I created with my slit punch.
The word window punch makes cute little tabs, which I placed on the left hand side of the panel and secured with a silver brad to coordinate with the silver cording.
I just love this color combination. So springy despite the fact that its freezing here!!!