I began by creating a background using a stencil from Expressionscrafts along with Fireworks! spray inks from Imagine. I die cut a hole in the lower corner and stamped the phrase from the Enjoy Your Retirement clear stamp set on the bottom layer. This stamp set 5 stamps and I've used 3 of them on this card.
After matting the panel with green and black cardstock, I realized I had a huge smudge on my background! No worries, though, as I would be covering this spot with my stamped image.
I stamped the image and colored it with Copic Markers. For more depth, I fussy cut it and matted it with kraft cardstock. Then, I restamped and recolored the lizard only as I wanted some dimension to him. I cut him out again, inked around him and placed him atop the main image which slightly overlapped the sentiment in the circle.
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