When I first started card making, I gravitated towards florals and abstract/geometric patterns. One of the reasons for that is, simply, I’m not great at coloring. With flowers, I can usually get away with 1-2 colors in whatever medium I’m using and do simple blending from dark to light.
With critters, there are so many different parts to the image (face, belly, arms, hoofs, tusks, noses, cheeks…) that I find it overwhelming to pick the right shades, and then to also coordinate colors. The problem is that stamp companies keep releasing adorable critter stamp sets that I simply must own, and it seems a little ridiculous to own them for the sake of petting them and going “awww” heheh.
So, I got brave and worked on two “critter” cards using images from Avery Elle and Penny Black: