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Fall/Winter Sneak Peek: Sock Monkey

Stampin up sock monkey
Today's post introduces "Sock Monkey," another in my series of Five Sneak Peeks from Stampin' Up!'s Fall/Winter catalog (available Aug. 11).  I'm simply bananas over him in this 3-D version.  He's a big line stamp, perfect for paper piecing designer paper or different colored card stock.  The set comes with 2 sentiments and 7stamp options for him to hold/wear (banana, balloon, flag, heart, flower, and his party hat), use as a background stamp or simply a fun accent.

One main attraction of my monkey friend is that he is perfect for paper piecing (not "piercing," although that's another interesting idea). To kick things off, I inked my Canvas background stamp in Chocolate Chip and stamped on Very Vanilla card stock.  TIP:  This produced my very own "designer paper" to create his "fabric" body.   The monkey image was inked in Chocolate Chip and then stamped onto the Canvas background.  You with me so far?  TIP:  I used a Chocolate Chip Stampin' Up! marker to re-dot his eyes since they got a little lost on the canvas background.  He was then popped out with Paper Snips (scissors).

Stampin up sock monkey close
I stamped him again on Very Vanilla card stock and snipped out his vanilla outer mouth, tail, hands and feet and adhered them.  He was inked one last time (again Chocolate Chip ink) and stamped on Groovy Guava for his lips and patch on his little bottom, also snipped and attached (delicately, of course).  His hat was inked in Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla card stock and cut out.  Using a Blender Pen, I colored the hat stripes in Barely Banana and Groovy Guava.

One of my dearest friends is turning "50" this month (I get my turn this fall–eek), so I skibbled some mat board thru a Cuttlebug using the Red Tag Alphabet Die Cuts.  I had enough of the Canvas background left over from when I cut out the monkey and used the same piece to create the matching "50" to adhere to the top of the mat board.

My little pal is "floating" on Stampin' Dimensionals attached to layers of Groovy Guava Textured Card Stock, Barely Banana and Very Vanilla.  The card base (5.5 x 4.25 and scored at the top) is Very Vanilla textured card stock (good enough to eat, I tell you).  TIP:  I inked up the banana stamp in Barely Banana and stamped it on matching card stock for a nifty background.  A layer of Groovy Guava gets sandwiched below.

Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig (tutorial here), I was able to place "happy birthday" (All Holidays) with confidence.  Four Hodgepodge Hardware (Pewter) brads doll up the corners (click here to save 25% on Hodgepodge Hardware).  TIP:  I added the brads using a template and paper piercer . . . much easier to have a mark vs. eyeballing them.  TIP:  The brads were added before attaching the second to last layer (Groovy Guava) to the card base so that they were buried (and don't show through on the inside of the card).

Some Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon wraps this card up like a pretty little present.  If you haven't seen it before, click here for a video tutorial on how to create a Stay-Put Bow.  One of my bow-licious favorites. 

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the new stuff.  I enjoyed the comments I received on yesterday's Sneak Peek.  Thanks!

Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary

Stamp Sets:  Sock Monkey, Canvas Background, All Holidays
Paper:  Groovy Guava Textured, Barely Banana, Very Vanilla, Very Vanilla Textured, Matboard
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip Marker, Groovy Guava, Barely Banana
Cool Tools:  Blender Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Red Tag Sale Alphabet Die-Cuts
The Perfect Touch:  Hodgepodge Hardware Brads (Pewter), Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals


32 thoughts on “Fall/Winter Sneak Peek: Sock Monkey”

  1. This is the absolute best Sock Monkey I’ve seen so far!!!!! Got a link here to your blog from SCS and I’m so glad I looked!!! Thank you!!!!


  2. I Love this monkey!!! You did an excellent job on your card–I am so glad I ordered him. Love your blog too!!!!

  3. Oh i love this stamp set. My mom made me one when I was a kid. I loved that thing. Could you show us all the ways to use him? I would love to see your creations.

  4. Lucky Lady!!! I can’t wait to get my monkey from the big brown truck….next week hopefully. I love how you’ve created his “canvas” body…I’m going to have to remember that! Great card. Joan

  5. Sock Monkey!!! He will be great, I like the way you used him in your card.

    Thanks for sharing

  6. This is exactly why you are such a great card designer. How clever to utilize the canvas backgrounder like this. This is the first IMPRESSIVE sock monkey card I have seen during the sneak peeks. Awesome job Mary!! Elizabeth Bead Diva

  7. This is just too stinkin’ cute! Can’t wait to get this set to replace my old monkey set! Great job on all the yummy new merchandise! Hugs, Monica

  8. I’m not usually attracted to the cartoony stamps, but I have to admit, once you’ve performed your wizardry – it’s very appealing. There may be a sock monkey in my future – I certainly have enough grandkids to use him on!

  9. I love the sock monkey. Great job with the creative background stamping for the textured look. I would have not thought of it and colored him brown. Thank you for walking through step by step and posting it here. Can’t wait to see more!!!

  10. Hi Mary!

    This sock monkey really takes me back to my childhood. I love it! You did an awesome job on the card as usual. Thanks for all the tips! I can’t wait to see the new catalog!!!


  11. I absolutely love this adorable card! You are so talented. I just turned 50 and I’ve got some friends who will follow and this is the card I’ll be making! Thank you!

  12. Cute! I know several people who love monkeys and this is going to be a big hit I’m sure. Glad to see it’s big enough for paper piecing, too. This card is really fun–perfect for a milestone. Thanks for sharing.

  13. skibbled??? you SKIBBLED some matboard through your cuttlebug??? hmmmm, that is a new one on me. anyway, i never even heard of a sock monkey until the SU! set came out two weeks ago, where have i been all my life … and i am old enough to remember. wonder what happened … anyway, sock monkey NOT my favorite stamp set (in other words, i wont be ordering it!!!) but you have as usual included some wonderful ideas in your description of making the card. thanks, mary – i enjoy reading about your art work just as much, if not more, than viewing the finished product!!
    jo ann.

  14. Mary, this card is very cute and I love the details, such as using the canvas stamp for the monkey body and the banana as a background stamp. I’m not sure the monkey stamp set is one I would choose but you’ve made a very charming card, as usual!

  15. LOVE, LOVE the monkey!! And yesterday’s post also. I could be in big trouble! And yikes, 50 is an epidemic! My turn is coming up later this month. How did that happen??????? LOL

  16. You did it again. All your fan club is ready to order this stamp set. I love sock monkey and there appears to be a lot to do with him. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Super pretty and fun card!!!! The monkey is really cute. I can’t wait for the next catty.
    I will love to receive a card like this when I turn 50, LOL
    Your friend is going to love it.

    God bless

  18. I like this guy too. I may be in trouble when this catalog comes out! LOL

    I can’t wait to see the scalloped border punch!


  19. Mary, this is fabulous!!! I think the sock monkey is going to be a popular one!!! Brings back memories…for those of us old enough to remember! Thanks for the peek!

  20. What a great card! I love the canvas background and bananas stamped on the background. He is so cute!! And we thought it would be used for a child! haha

  21. I love your sock monkey Mary! I just got my box unpacked a few minutes ago. Need to get the pre-kindergartner busy and then I can play!

  22. Mary, I love how you did this card!!! I can’t wait to get my order with Sock Monkey and I am definitely going to try all of the paper piecing out. Thank you for sharing this great idea!

  23. I love the sock monkey! He’s so cute on the canvas — never would have thought of that. Tell you what I’m going to miss though… how great banana and guava go together! TFS! Jeanne

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