Monday 2 May 2022

April Card Chain Challenge Reveal

I signed up again for the Card Chain Challenge! Essentially you sign up and make a card that you send to the person before you in the sign up and the person that signed up after you, sends you a card!

For April, I made a card to send to Dawn over in New Zealand - this is wh
at I sent her:

Here is a photo from the top and then of the inside:

Here are the options that we had to make the card:

Theme Options: Spring / Wild / Friendship

Product / Technique Options: Vellum / Slimline

I chose the Spring/Wild/Friendship theme!

I have used one of the first clear stamp sets from La-La Land Crafts called "Spring Woodland Critters". It was released in April 2018 and unfortunately is no longer available, but I have been wanting to use it for ages! I stamped them last month when I was stamping the farm animals. There is a new clear stamp set with a few additional wild animals "A Good Day" that is part of the new April 2022 Release from La-La Land Crafts and also in the Spring 2022 box!

Anyway, I stamped the individual animals on to X-Press It Blending Card using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then coloured 3 of the five animals with the following Copics (I ran out of time and space for the beaver and squirrel! I'll use them with the new animals!):
  • rabbit - C1, C3, C5, R20, 100, white gel pen
  • deer - E42, E44, E47, E49, R30, C1, C3, C5, 100, white gel pen
  • fox - E11, E13, E15, E18, C0, C1, C3, R20, 100, white gel pen
  • pink - R32, R35, RV29 or RV23, RV25
  • green - G20, G24, G29
  • orange - YR04, YR09, YR12, YR18
  • yellow - Y11, Y13, Y15
  • outline - BV20
Here is a close up of the colouring of the three animals and then nearly finished colouring of the deer:

For the background, I used a new die that was in the Spring Box 2022/April 2022 Release called Forest die and die cut the layers from white card stock and then coloured with Distress Oxide inks:  

I used Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean on the background layer, then for the green: Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron and then for the brown: Vintage Photo and Antique Linen.
The trees have been coloured with E19 and E49 Copics pens.

Then I adhered all the layers together before fussy-cutting the animals and laying everything out:

Once I was happy with the layout, I adhered everything to a Kraft card from Envelope Solutions:

I then used some foam tape to adhered the critters to the card, especially as there are four different layers of card stock!

I have 
used Nautical Blue Memento ink to stamp the sentiment from the Spring Woodland Critters on the outside and then I stamped the inside with another sentiment from the same set, as well as some flowers using my MISTI and Bamboo Leaves and Love Letter Memento ink.

I found inspiration from La-La Land Crafts DT, who showcased some awesome cards using all three stamp sets and background stamps and as usual, from the wonderful Alyce at Kit and Clowder and her fantastic monthly classes.

I would like to add this card to the following challenges:

Critter Crazy Challenge #62 - Anything Goes with a featured critter or two!

I hope that Dawn likes the card, I was a little late posting it as I have been a little swamped with changing jobs and then Easter and ANZAC Day! :)

Thanks for looking!


  1. Love how you made this layered scene and the animals are so cute! Beautifully done, I am sure Dawn was thrilled to receive it!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  2. What an adorable scene, Lou - just love the coloring on your critters and background!!

  3. How adorable! The layered scene is so effective and you did a great job coloring it up too.

  4. I am positive that Dawn will like this card, what a special little woodland scene and so brilliantly created xx

  5. Beautiful project Lou. Thank you for sharing with us over here at The Creative Crafters Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Wendy DT Member for

  6. Lovely card. Thank you for joining the Critter Crazy challenge. Hope to see you again next time.

  7. Brilliant card, such cute images. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Classic Design Challenge Janet DT