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Happy mail: Snails

Happy mail snails

Create A Smile have just launched their monthly challenge and, being a lover of their stamps (and stencils and embellishments and kits and…), I just had to join in. The theme this month is “favourite” so for this card I went with my favourite colouring medium: Copic markers (though I do love the cute snails and the sweetheart envelopes as well).


The snails were stamped on Neenah cardstock — with a bit of masking to get the little snail sitting on top of the big one — and coloured with Copic markers. I’m quite pleased with how the shading on the shells turned out; ideally I’d have a bit more contrast in there but it’s nice to have softer coloured images for a change.

For the background panel, I stamped the envelopes in waterproof ink on watercolour paper and added a bit of colour with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers (another favourite). I filled in the gaps between them with some of the hearts in the “lovely critters” set.

The sentiment was stamped on some red card and trimmed into a signpost shape.

Assembling the card was straightforward. The background panel was mounted flush on the card base with a thin glitter strip to the left of it. A slightly narrower piece of vellum was fixed with a strip of vellum tape runner to the left of the background panel. Vellum (along with acetate) is fast becoming another favourite tool in my cardmaking arsenal, especially since making all those cards for the Clear and Sheer class. The snails and sentiment were added to the top with a bit of foam tape and a few drops of multi medium matte were hidden behind them to stop the vellum flapping around. The final touches were a few heart stickers and a touch of glossy accents on the hearts on the snails.

Happy mail snails - detail


Create A Smile – June challenge – “Favorite”


  • stamps:
    Create A Smile – lovely critters
    Create A smile – happy mail
  • inks:
    Hero Arts – shadow ink – red royal
    Versafine – toffee
    Versafine – onyx black
  • colour:
    Zig Clean Color Real Brush – 200 sugar almond pink, 021 light carmine, 091 light gray
  • Copic markers:
    snail heads – E00, E21, BV00
    large shell – BG15, BG49, BG07
    small shell – B12, B04, B16
    hearts – R27, R46
    envelopes – 0, W00, W1
  • embellishments:
    Papermania – glitterations – border – silver
    Tobar – stick-on gems (hearts)
  • paper and card:
    Hunkydory – adorable scorable
    Papermill Direct – luxury artist watercolour
    Anita’s – white vellum
    Neenah – solar white – 216gsm
    scrap of red card

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