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Coffee Monster Hug! by Rachel Duong

August 01, 2023

Coffee Monster Hug! by Rachel Duong



Hi Friends! It's me, Rachel, super happy to be here as guest designer for Gerda Steiner Designs. I'm coming at you with a monster card that isn't meant to scare you, it's actually bringing a huge hug.... in a mug. Can you tell I'm in love with these stamps? Yes I am! This Gerda Steiner "Coffee Monster" set includes four incredible monsters, I cannot even begin to pick a favorite.

To create this card I stamped the monster on watercolor paper and die cut it out with a Gina Marie border. Next I painted the image with Tim Holtz distress inks in shades of blue, green and yellow keeping the colors somewhat separate but also blended a bit too. 
 I die cut a Poppystamps whittle cup from watercolor paper and painted it using Tim Holtz distress inks in browns, reds and oranges. I trimmed the rim of the mug to make the monster look as if it is sitting inside. When I decided it looked just right, I adhered the mug and added a shadow underneath to ground the image.
Then I stamped the sentiment in VersaFine Claire black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to give it a shiny quality. Paint splatters come next in all the colors previously used for the monster and mug. I glued the cardfront onto a light grey cardbase. Finally, I embellished the card with a puffy pink heart for a sweet finishing touch.

I absolutely had a blast creating this card! The "Coffee Monsters" set is a must have. The possibilities are endless. I envision using this set for birthdays, hellos, thinking of you, get well, and of course Halloween! (it's quickly approaching) Thank for taking the time to stop by for a visit. I hope you have a fun-filled day and as you drink your next cup of coffee, may this little monster make you smile!
Thank you Gerda Steiner Designs for giving me the opportunity to be a guest designer. Your images have so much character and are a joy to create with -- I appreciate you!
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