Living in the Wild Wild West

Hello friends!  I hope that you are having a great weekend so far!

I’m stopping by to share my Whimsy Stamps creation that I made for my posting on the WS Inspiration Blog.  It’s my first post as a Whimsy Stamps digital DT over there, but I’m also posting on my own blog, here, for my readers and in case someone would like more details about my card design. 🙂

I have to say that I have been enjoying my coloring with these digital images since I’ve joined the DT.  It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve made cards like this for some reason and the feeling, I once had doing this is starting to come back, so I’m glad to be a part of the team!

A horse is a horse of course of course, but this one took on a different “spot” when coloring it.  I have used this month’s release Western Pony digital stamp for my card:


The inspiration for coloring in this horse came from this month’s release of digital papers called Animal Prints.  The spotted papers reminded me of the appaloosa breed of horse and so I took my coloring inspiration from there.  I found a photo online to help with some of the coloring details:


It’s hard to see in the photo, but there are just a couple of spots of the brown/tan color in this horse.  I decided to add just a bit more brown/tan spots on mine.

I’ve added some coordinating card stock for the accents which helped bring out the colors in the horse too!  As you can see in my layout, I took a strip of those Animal Prints papers and layered it with a piece of black cardstock and wrapped some twine around it.  I attached it over some other Whimsy Stamps digital papers called Ahoy, There from a past release.  (Although the theme doesn’t suggest to use it for this type of card, I thought it complimented the overall design and brought out the blue colors from the blanket under the saddle.)

I took a paper pierce tool and added some stitching details around the image as well as the blue card front papers before attached it all down.  The image panel and card stock layer were rounded with a corner chomper.

Because it’s a digital image that comes with 2 separate images, you can use them together or not and resize them how you’d like.  So I printed the hat separately and then popped it up over the image panel to make it look as if it’s flying off in the wind.

I’ve added a silver foil star that I die cut from the Whimsy Stamps Pierced Stars die set, wrapped some twine around it and placed a bow with a button over top.  Lastly, I white heat embossed a sentiment under the image panel on a banner with the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiment Clear stamp set.

Here’s a closer view of the image and how I’ve colored it:


I’ve colored this image mainly with Copic markers and then took a white pencil to add a couple of highlights in the mane and tail.  I took my Copics to create the blades of grass and shadow for the ground.  There are also places on the harness and saddle that I’ve used a glitter gel pen for a metal look.

I think this sort of reminds me of a Western Sheriff with the star! LOL!  Thinking of that made me think this would be a fun card for a kid.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today!  If you haven’t stopped by the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Blog to follow along, you might want to hop on over there to subscribe so you can get lots of inspiration using the Whimsy Stamps products along with information on new releases too!

Thanks for dropping in!


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  2. Try it On Tuesday – Take a Ride
  3. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  4. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Anything Goes + animal (2nd entry)

23 thoughts on “Living in the Wild Wild West

  1. I think your idea for creating an appy from this image is very clever as well as stunning! I love the shades of tan, brown, gray and black and the little gleam on his hooves. Love the elements you added, too!


  2. Beautiful coloring on the horse and loving the animal print papers. The silver star if the perfect embellishment . Perfect card for a child. What an asset for Whimsy Stamps with you on the DT.


  3. OH Vicki, wow! I don’t think I could color this if I had to, lol – but you sure made a wonderful card from the inspiration photo! Terrific western card, my friend!


  4. You colored the horse perfectly to match the breed, and I love all the faux stitching around the edges! This must have taken quite some time to put together with so many wonderful details and I just love it all!


  5. Vicki, I love that you turned him into an appy! Great coloring and the silver star is a fab finishing touch. Now, DT hat – Thanks for playing along again in our Anything Goes with a Critter challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies. Good Luck.
    NanaConnie DT
    PS Congrats on your DT spot. 😀


  6. Vicki, I LOVE this card! Your coloring just couldn’t be any prettier and the entire card is so pretty. LOVE! Thanks for joining us at 2 Crafty Crazies this month too!


  7. Love the way you colored the horse and added the hat. The animal print, the star and string are all elements that fit in with your theme. I think it’s a brilliant design.


  8. A gorgeous card is this! I love your beautiful coloring on the horse! Thank you very much for joining us over at Try It On Tuesday! Much appreciated! Happy start of the new week!
    oxo Susi


  9. What a gorgeous card Vicki!! Your coloring is amazing and I love how you’ve added the spots, awesome faux stitching too!
    Hugs, Tammy


  10. I love those patterned pictures and your coloring. Your horse pops! Thanks for joining us and good luck
    Hugs, Joy


  11. This Texas girl loves your sensational card, Vicki!! Stunning coloring and awesome stamped grass!! Love all the perfect details from the stitching to the metallic star!! Yee Haw! How fabulous!!


  12. What a fabulous digi image. Great colouring, so creative and love the Stetson hat flying off. Stunning card X


  13. This is one fabulous pony – such a creative use of colors and details. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Craftty Creations challenge, Elizabeth (DT)


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