A few weeks ago I saw this adorable Sock Monkey card by Margi Gilbertson in the February SOTM Blog Hop. I really wanted to try making my own sock monkey card, but at that time I had literally just packed everything we owned and driven three rambunctious boy children back to Oregon, so my supplies and crafting time were pretty limited. I would not even dare to say were halfway unpacked, but I am finding enough goodies as I unpack to feel the itch to create again.
I hopped over to Retrosketches, because I always love their cool sketches, and this week was no exception. I double embossed the bamboo cardstock background panel with my heart folder, then layered on a chipboard adhesive border that I colored red with a marker and some black arrow washi tape. I outlined the panel with a black journaling marker because my real stitching materials are still lost in the cardboard abyss. I added a super old FRIENDS rub-on, carefully trimming off the "s", and popped up a heart bubble from Share the Love. I love all the fun older goodies I'm finding as I unpack!
I stamped the monkey image three times without reinking to get a variety of colors. I used a brown Memento ink pad and swiped the stamp down across the pad as I inked it to give the monkey some extra texture. Then I trimmed out the monkeys to piece the sock monkey details onto the darkest monkey. I added the mouth and stitch details with markers, and gave him a happy little banner to hold. I never would've thought to make this balloon monkey into a sock monkey (thanks, Margi!), but he was a whole lotta fun to make!