Thursday, September 1, 2016

Alligator Scene Birthday

Hi, everyone! Today I'm sharing a masculine birthday card! Do you struggle with them as much as I do? When I spied this brand-new set from Imagine That Digistamps called Gator Strong, I fell in love! I thought it would be perfect for masculine cards! To me it's such a unique set because I haven't seen any stamps or images like this before.


I coloured the alligator with Prismacolor pencils, applied Glossy Accents to his eyes, and fussy-cut so I could pop him up with foam tape. I decided to make a little scene for my gator!  I started with the background, which I inked with Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I spritzed with water to add some texture.

After Googling alligator images, I decided on a monochromatic colour scheme for my scene. I used lots of die-cuts:  Poppystamps Thicket Frame (cut in two shades of green and layered), Lawn Fawn Meadow Borders, Impression Obsession Grass, Impression Obsession Cattails, and Cheery Lynn Tiny Things with Wings. The cattails and dragonflies were inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

This set comes with some cool sentiments but I needed one for a birthday card so I used a sentiment from Newton's Nook Shark Bites, which I heat-embossed in white on a green scrap. I finished off the card by adding tiny brown sequins to the dragonflies and a few green flower sequins on the frame. Here's a look at this fun new set and everything you get with it - I think it is so fun!



Imagine That Digistamps has a Facebook Group too, so you might want to go check it out! They have fun challenges, freebies, and giveaways!  

I would like to support the following challenges: Aud Sentiments AG w Sentiment 1/5; Card Mania Earth Tones 1/3; CRAFT Technique Embossing (heat-embossed sentiment) 1/5; Craft Rocket AG 1/3; Crafting by Designs September AG 2/3; Crafting from the Heart AG 2/3; Crafts Galore AG 1/3; Crafty Gals Corner AG 2/2; Creatalicious AG w Optional Anniversary 2/3; Creative Ladybirds AG 1/3; Deep Ocean Things with Wings UE; Die Cuttin Divas AG 3/3; Dies R Us Summer Vacation (dragonflies are only seen in the summer; also visiting a zoo to see alligator during summer vacation) 1/3; Digi Designs Anything with Wings 2/3; Digi Stamps 4 Joy AG Colour Twist 1/3; Digital Delights September AG 1E; DL.ART September Linky AG UE 1/d; Emerald Faeries Monochromatic 1/3; Fab n Funky AG UE; Fussy and Fancy Let's Fly Away UE; Imagine That Digis Facebook Group Favourite Colour Combo (green and brown for male cards) UE; Imagine That Creative Playground Signs of Summer (dragonflies) 1/3; Inspiration Destination AG UE; Just Keep On Creating AG UE; Love to Scrap No Rulz 2 Challenge and Blog Hop UE; Mod Squad Foliage 1/3; Foliage 1/3; Not Just Cards August AG UE; One Stitch at a Time AG for Men UE; Paperbabe Picture Inspiration 1/3; Penny's Paper-crafty AG 2/3; Pile it On Die-cut Embellishments UE; Poppystamps Embossing (heat-embossed sentiment) 1/3; Sasayaki Glitter Animals 1/3; Scrapy Land Use an Image 1/3; Send a Smile 4 Kids AG 4 Kids 3/3; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday AG 2/5; Simply Papercraft AG 2/3; Sparkle N Sprinkle Used Embossing Powder (sentiment) UE; The Cat's Pajamas Embossing (heat-embossed sentiment) UE; The Pencil Case AG 1/2; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 2/5 wk1; Your Scrapbook Place September AG 1/3

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Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!

63 comments:

Imagine That Digistamp said...

OOOOOh Kitty, this is PERFECT!! And so is that sentiment, why couldn't I think up that one when doing up this set?! LOL. Great foliage dies and cattails - this is so awesome. Yes, great masculine card. xx

Lisa said...

Oh wow, this is so fabulous!! I love the scene you've created!! The dies are beautiful...I've added some to my wish list!! I love the habitat you've created for the gator!! The dragonflies and the cattails are awesome!! Love this my friend!! Thank you so much for playing along at DL.ART!! Happy September!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Lin said...

What a neat card, Kitty - and such a fun scene! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Barbara Godden said...

Awesome alligator scene card, Love it.

Dr Sonia S V said...

Oooh this is simply fabulous ...I love crocs and alligators and can stare at them for hours when we visit the zoo!! Loved the scene you made for him
Cheers
Dr Sonia

Lisa Lynn said...

You did such a great job with this image and made a perfect masculine card!!!

DIANA L. said...

Super fun scene you have created love the gator.
Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes September Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day
DIANA L.

DL.ART DESIGN TEAM MEMBER
DL.ART crinkle ribbon
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

vinita jain said...

Wow,Love this beautiful and wild monochromatic scene with cute fussy cut gator! You have an awesome die cuts, so perfect to create wild scenes! Totally love it Kitty!

suzARTe said...

This card is amazing, I love the scene you have created, so much depth with all the layering, looks fantastic.Thanks so much for sharing your creation at
Anything goes September link-up, Just keep on creating
Susan xx

Valerija said...

Wow, this is amazing! Love your wonderful scene.
Valerija xx

brenda said...

Another lovely creation Kitty and all so beautifully put together and embellished.

B x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

This is fabulous, so well designed

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow Kitty!!! Such a stunning super scene!!! My mouth is already opened!!! Love, love love this natural scene you made for your image!!! Fab sponging with the DI and great use of all these dies....!!! and I surely must buy this border :D
I usually don't like very much alligators (is not my favourite pet ehehe :D)but this one is tremendously perfect and matches so well with the fun sentiment!!! The dragonflies look sooooo beautiful! A perfect balancing on your card!! Your talent always shine!
... And I pinned it :D
https://it.pinterest.com/pin/534802524484450916/

Barbara said...

This is so delightful! What a cute design! You did an amazing job :) Thanks so much for joining our challenge at Dies R Us.

Barbara
Dies R Us Challenge Blog DT
http://carterie-creative.blogspot.fr

Tinka's paper wonderlland said...

Great masculine card, me to have problems witho those :D usualy I do som origamy, they are easy and fast made...
♥Hugs Valentina♥

Sall said...

This is brilliant, it made me smile and so happy. Thank you for taking the time and sharing your creativity with us at OSAAT this fortnight, I hope you have enjoyed playing along as much as we have enjoyed seeing your talent. Love 'n' hugs Sall OSAAT DT.

Darlene said...

OMG what a fabulous creation for the boys!! Great job! I remember my family taking a vacation in FL when I was young and we went through the Everglades ... I hated it ... so afraid I was going to be eaten by a gator! LOL 'Fond' childhood memories ... NOT!! LOL
Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Summer Vacation’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

Jennifer Bradley said...

Super fun male card, fabulous scene and colouring. Thank you for sharing with us at Emerald Faeries. Good luck in the draw and look forward to seeing you back with us. Jennifer DT member x

Stir Your Creativity said...

I would have never been able come up with a card with alligator! Hats off to you.

Hetty said...

Oh my goodnes, what a totally snappy card! Love it with the frame, the dragonflies with the gemstones and the alligator. Super sentiment!!

Lori Kobular said...

Love that alligator! Such a beautiful and fun card. The scene you created is so beautiful, love the dies you used and those dragonflies are so pretty and that sentiment is great! Thanks for playing along with us at DL.ART Challenges!

Donna Ellis said...

LOL! Perfect for us in Florida just now, with everything flooded! Gators everywhere! LOL Your card is darling, and I love that lush habitat you have created for your critter. Especially the inking in the background looks fabulous! I never think to do those little finishing touches, Kitty. Hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend. And now for my other hat:

Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge "Anything Craft Goes". I hope you have enjoyed playing along as much as we have enjoyed seeing your talent. Please check back to see if you are a winner!
crafty hugs,
de

Maria said...

Oh, my! Your card is so fun and fabulous with the gator and wonderful scene! Thanks so much for joining us at Dies R Us this month for the 'Summer Vacation' Challenge! Please come back soon!:-)

Joyce Erb said...

I love the scene you made. But I am afraid it may cost me to look...I have to check out the dies now LOL Alligators do not make good pets haha. Thanks for joining us The Modsquad Challenge

Olga Fink said...

The scene you created is fantastic Kitty! You have been busy this month with creating amazing cards! I have seen all of them and you are so inspiring!
Xoxo Olga

Verna Angerhofer said...

So cute and I love all the foliage to make it look so real.

Carla Brooke said...

Cute scene, thanks for sharing with Creative Lady Birds!

Christina Hor said...

That gator is more cute than scary and beautiful scenic details Kitty! I'm loving that foliage frame die and dragonflies. So perfect for the swamp scene. Another beautiful card. You've been busy. All your cards are amazing. May you have a lovely weekend ahead. Hugs.

cotnob said...

A super card Kitty, you have created a wonderful scene for your alligator - a fabulous design.
Pauline
x

Pia S said...

Personally I struggle more with those really pink and girlie designs than I do with masculine cards, but having 5 nephews and no nieces have given me opportunity to practise, lol. This is SUPER DUPERLY designed! What a fantastic scene you've made for the gator, so detailed and real somehow...

Patti said...

Kitty! one would never know you struggle with masculine cards. You've been on a roll lately with outstanding cards for both male and female!!! The coloring you've achieved is spectacular friend!!

Patti

Elaine Stark said...

A super card. Lovely design and colours. Thanks for joning Aud Sentiments challenge. Elaine

Lisa said...

Love this punny card!! So cute!! I forgot I needed that die.... perfect for this one!

L.B. said...

love all the layers to look at and see fun ideas. Thanks for playing with us at Die Cuttin' Divas.

Donna said...

This scene is so cute, so many details and the dragonflies are so cute!

Bad Kitty said...

so cool card!
love it!
hugs!
Fiki

Monika Reeck said...

A winner card Kitty
your aligator looks so real with that scene you made
so manly so lovely and love that things that can fly too
I forgot the name in English in Germany we said Lilibe
sweet Aligator card and I love!!
hope you are doing well
so long not see you on my Blog sweety
hugs
Monika

Margaret said...

I don't think my first post went through. Wow! I love this card with all the added textures, dies, and elements that you added. I never would have thought to use an alligator on a card. I love scene cards. Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious Challenge. Hope to see you again. Good luck. Maggie, DT

Shelly said...

Wow, this is really terrific! Love your theme and all the cuts!

Thank you for joining us this week at Die Cuttin' Diva's
Shelly

Maryvonne COUSSE said...

Beautiful card !
Thanks for joining us at Scrapyland Challenges blog and good luck !
Maryvonne DT Member

Barbara Washburn said...

Oh my, great card! Love the scene for the gator, it's perfect. Thanks for sharing with Craft Rocket Challenges. Barbara DT

Brenda said...

Wow, this is a perfect guy card. I certainly see why this set appealed to you. All your details are so cool and perfect for this gator guy. Thanks so much for playing along with the Cat Pack at The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday!

Sheryl said...

Wow, love the scene you have created here. The embossed sentiment is the perfect finishing touch.
Good to have you with us at CRAFT this week.
Hugs Sheryl DT member xxx

pam said...

Fantastic scene you have created, great male card.
Thanks for joining us over on Poppystamps challenge blog.
Pam x

katieo said...

Oh boy that is one happy alligator. He has a beautiful habitat to live in. I love the way you combined all of the dies to create such a beautiful scene. Thank you for joining the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes September Linky Challenge

Rae Ann said...

Love the layered foliage! It creates so much depth for your little scene. The dragonflies are a great finishing touch.

Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner for our Anything Goes challenge.

Nancy Thomas said...

Wow - so many details on this beauty. Thanks again for joining TCP Tuesday at The Cat's Pajamas.

Eek Eek said...

This is awesome, I was super tempted by this digistamp too! love how you've made him into a complete scene! Annabel - Knitty Kitty Digis

Olga Direktorenko said...

Super cool idea with the alligator on a river bank! I've never seen anything like it!

NanaConnie said...

Oh, Kitty, what a fun gator! Love your die cuts, especially the off set ones. OK, slipping on a DT hat -- It's so much fun to see you entering our "Anything Goes" challenge at Crafts Galore Encore this month. Hope to see you playing again. Good luck in the draw.
NanaConnie DT

Jo - Jo's Scrap Shack said...

WOW Kitty this is gorgeous! I love scene cards and I really love how you created what looks like a lake in the middle of a jungle! So gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining us in our summer vacation challenge at Dies R Us! Hope to see you in the next challenge!!
Hugs,
Jo-DT
♥ Dies R Us Challenges ♥
♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

Glittertastic said...

This made me smile – what a fab sentiment! Thanks for playing along with our challenge at Simply Papercraft

Sharon (Glittertastic)
DT Member

Theresa Pace said...

what a fun male card. great layout.thank you for sharing it with us at FFFC and good luck, Theresa DT xx

marion said...

I love the scene you created, it makes the alligator truly pop, lovely adding the dragonglies, lots of hugs and love, xxx, a belly rub for Kiwi, Honeydew and Snowy, xxx, Marion

KarinsArtScrap said...

Kitty fantastic and great card beautiful done
Thanks for join us at
{Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
Hope to see you again and goodluck

Karin

Cara said...

A fab masculine card. Sorry, I'm so late in visiting you. Thanks for playing at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. Cara DT x

Eileen said...

A totally fabulous card and coloured perfectly. That aligator looks as if nhe has food on his mind, and you have used a gorgeous background to show him at his best. Thanks for joining in with our 'Let's fly Away' challenge at Fussy and Fancy Friday, and hope to see you again.
Eileen x

Melanie said...

A wonderful card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional anniversary” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

Hugs,
Melanie
(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Crafty Friends)

(DT The Sketchy Challenges)

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

This is really fun! I love the monochromatic color, and the scene you have created is fabulous. Wonderful job. Thanks so much for sharing your card and for joining us at Sparkle N Sprinkle's Creative Challenge. --Chris, SNS DT

Helene Siermans said...

Love this cool Birthday card. Great image and I love the sentiment.
Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us at Digital Delights Monthly Challenge. Good luck! Nick DT

Helen Haines said...

Awesome card love everything about it. Thank you for joining us at The Pencil Case challenge. Helen DT

Peggy T. said...

Such a cute and awesome card. Thank you for joining the Digistamps4Joy challenge.

Peggy T.
DS4J DT Member

Jeanne J. said...

OMG!!! I love alligators! This is an amazing scene!