Fun with Silly Snails

It’s Sabrina here again – and today I want to share a couple of my Silly Snails cards.  I love this set – they have been crawling onto quite a few of my cards recently. I like that they come in three different sizes and are not all going in the same direction.

Close-up shot of Silly Snail with a Glossy Accents shell






My first card is a more artsy one – I used watercolours on a piece of Tyvek, and then shrank and distressed it with my iron. Don’t let it come in direct contact – not good for the iron even if the Tyvek looks pretty cool afterwards. As soon as I had made this piece, I knew I wanted to use it as a setting for one of the snails…I used silver embroidery thread to create a little trail for him, and green cotton to embroider flower leaves and stems. The flowers are just punched from scraps of old backgrounds, with a sequin and French knot to finish them off.

For the snail, I stamped him with Memento Chocolate brown, coloured him with Polychromos pencils and glazed his shell with Glossy Accents after cutting him out.

I used a sentiment from Whimsical and Kind Sayings, stamping it with the same brown ink on a kraft card base, and then adding sparkle with a Sakura Stardust pen.  To finish, I just added a couple of score lines.

Art Neko Silly Snails on a Tyvek background, with punched flowers and embroidery


My second card uses the same sentiment set and two of the Silly Snails, but is totally different in style. I made it to send to someone who has a lot of problems to deal with just now. I often see snails climbing up our back wall if I go out late at night – and that inspired this card, which is meant to give the encouragement that even when we don’t see the end of a problem (brick wall) in sight, we’ve just got to “hang in there”.

This time I stamped the snails in black ink and coloured them with pencils. The brick wall was created with an embossing folder, and I added a bit of die-cut grass that was lying on my desk to give the earthbound snail a little grounding.

Art Neko Silly Snails - one is climbing up a dry-embossed brick wall,.





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4 Responses to Fun with Silly Snails

  1. Kia Gibson-Clapper August 31, 2016 at 6:06 am #

    Oh my gosh Sabrina, these are fabulous. I love the way you did the first card. The background is great with the trail around the flowers by the snail, and the snail climbing the wall on the second card – they are great cards.

  2. 4hetty August 31, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

    These are such cool and fun cards! love what you have come up with using these snails!

  3. Shirley Qu-wannabecre8tive September 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

    Fabulous cards. I love the technique on the first one and the snail on the second one.

  4. Chrissy Dickinson September 5, 2016 at 7:56 am #

    Love the texture and design of this – the stitching on the flowers is fabulous.

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