Leopard Print Technique

Don’t you just love the new animal prints in all the fashions this year?  I just had to try to reproduce the look with ink and paper.

This is the sample that I demonstrate in my video below.  I used So Saffron textured card stock and inked the edges with So Saffron Classic Ink.  The centers of the spots are made from More Mustard Classic Ink.  To complete the look I used Basic Black Classic Ink on the edges.  *Please note* I made the spots in the samples below and video larger than I do on my projects so you can see the details easier.  Scale the size of the spots down to half the size shown on the video for a realistic effect.

To find out how I created this leopard print please watch below and give it a try.  It really is easier than you think!  Change the colors and create some really fun looks with animal prints using pink, blue or purple.

The layout today is based on a wonderful sketch from Got Sketch.  It’s an oldie from back in 2008 sketch #69.  I just think it’s a perfect for my crazy girls in this pic!  It has a girlie feel with the flowers, but I was also able to incorporate the animal print to compliment my WILD things theme.

Our doggies are crazy and very WILD girls.  They are both bird dogs….need I say more?!?  Sadie is a Brittany Spaniel and Gretchen is a German Short-haired Pointer.

I down-sized my layout to 8″ x 8″ so I can frame it and hang it on the wall in my stamping room.

These flowers are super easy to create by just layering two sizes of scallop circles punched out from designer papers and vellum.  Crease between each of the scallops, layer them on top of each other and finish with a fun brad in the center!

I lightly inked the chipboard letters with Old Olive Classic Ink.

I distressed all the paper edges using the Distressing Tool from the Cutter Kit (#106958).  The edge of a pair of scissors work just as well for this effect.  Sponge some ink over the distressed edge and you have aged your paper many many years and it only takes minutes.

To make the fun leopard design from today’s page just begin with a piece of textured card stock.  The sample below is Sahara Sand with Crumb Cake Classic Ink on the edges.  I used Soft Suede for the center of the leopard spots.

Using the textured card stock helps achieve a dimensional look like animal fur.

I also spritzed a touch of Smooch Spritz in Vanilla Shimmer for a touch of classy “wildness”.

Add edges with Basic Black Classic Ink randomly around the center and Voila! ……it’s complete.

Here’s a close-up of the pattern.

Supplies used on this project are:

Basic Background: Soft Suede Smooth Cardstock (#115318), Whisper White Smooth Card Stock (#100730), Basic Black Smooth Card Stock (#121045), Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack-neutrals (#117157), Soft Suede Classic Ink(#115657) Chocolate Chip Classic Ink (#100908), Sanded Background Stamp (#109294), Vintage Trinkets (#118764)

Leopard Print: Whisper White Smooth Card Stock (#100730), Sahara Sand Textured Card Stock (#119946), Sponge Dauber (#102892), Soft Suede Classic Ink (#115657), Basic Black Classic Ink (#101179), Crumb Cake Classic Ink (#121030)

Black Flower: 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Extra Large Punch (#118874), 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Extra Large Punch (#119854), Antique Brads (#117273), vellum-ivory, patterned paper

Green Flower: Chocolate Chip Classic Ink (#100908), 2-3/8″ Scall0p Circle Extra Large Punch (#118874), 1″ Circle Medium Punch, Designer Buttons-Brights (#119747), Window Sheet s-Medium (#114323), StazOn Ink-Jet Black (#101406), Heart Punch-Small (#117193), Dot, Dot, Dot Stamp (#115332), Sizzlits 4-Pack Dies-Birds & Blooms (#113485)

Leaves: Sizzlits Die-Little Leaves (#114511), Stampin’ Gittler-Dazzling Diamonds (#102023)

Title: On Board Alphabet Soup (#119239), Old Olive Classic Ink (#102277)

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