Saturday, September 25, 2021

The Little Ballerina

Well howdy friends! Not a greeting I normally use, but since this is a post for The Outlawz Progressive Challenge Sept. 2021, I thought I'd get into the Western spirit!
If you like to play along with challenges, this group has tons each month. This particular one is called Freebie/Progressive Challenge. Once you've signed up and posted your creation (a blog is not necessary) you automatically receive the free sponsored digital stamp each month. It's a good way to start learning about different digital companies and an easy way to create and post your work.

This month's sponsor is Hetty Clare Art, a shop from the UK (on Etsy), with a cute digi stamp called The Little Ballerina.
Isn't she darling? Also check out the challenge site, with all different creations using her.

I made 2 cards:
To create these cards I ran the digital image onto Ranger Watercolor Paper with a laser printer.  The pink ballerina is on the rough side of the paper and the green ballerina is on the smooth side. I like how the rough side takes watercolor, but sometimes the faces can get funky looking. In person she looks fine. 
I used my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers for the watercoloring. They have a nice sharp point that gets into all the corners easily. I also like the flesh colors and use them frequently for skin tones.

To create the pink ballerina, I used this Swirl Stencil from Cas-ual Fridays Stamps:
I just love this stencil and have used it in many cards this year with Glitz gel, ink blending and now the Sizzix foiling with 3-D Adhesive. I also love Taylored Expression Confetti Toss Stencil for snowflakes or just sparkles in the sky!
To create the gold sparkles I applied Sizzix 3-D Adhesive through the stencil, let it dry until it was transparent and then rubbed Sizzix Effectz Decorative Foil Sheets in Gold. With this system any stencil can be foiled!
For this card I used Waffle Flower's Half-Half Dots Botanical Paper for the base. So easy - you just fold them in half and there is color on the front and back:
You receive 36 sheets of 12 designs and it makes card making so easy! I just added a watercolored piece behind out ballerina so that she popped against the background. I used Spellbinders Geometrical Floral Frames for the ballerina and the shadow.
I just stamped a simple "Let's Party" and "Celebrate" inside the cards. Pretty generic.
Well thank you friends for sticking to the end! Give this challenge group a try. What can you lose?

*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

Hello, welcome to Stampin With Anita. I love crafting in all forms. It gives me great joy to create something special. I hope you enjoy your visit.


  1. Adorable cards Anita! Thank you for playing in the Outlawz freebie progressive challenge!

  2. Both cards are so pretty Anita!!!! And great idea to stencil and foil!

  3. Both cards are really lovely, Anita! I love the stenciled foil swirl on the pink one and the unusual shape for the green image. I can't wait to see what next month's Outlawz Progressive Freebie image brings!



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