Hello Stamping Friends,
Thank you to all who were able to take part in the online extravaganza! Now that December is here Stampin’ Up! has closeout specials with some, not all, products on sale for a great price! They have a new category in the online store:
The Year-End Closeout contains the Clearance Rack Items, Holiday Retiring Items, and excess inventory items. Here is a list in an excel file which shows which category each product falls in: clearance, excess or retiring. However, bundles that retire do not mean the stamp and framelits retire, just the bundle with its discount.
or click on the picture above to go directly to the store where you can see pictures of the products.
While sales are fun, card examples are even more inspiring and I have been slack in posting all the fun cards and techniques we have been doing.
I know October seems so long ago and though the card we made is for fall, imagine doing the same Watercolor Wash technique with Christmas colors and making ornaments instead of leaves. Send me an example if you do!
The Watercolor Wash technique comes from a video by Patty Bennett on pattystamps.com
I did a few things differently than Patty. I used the retired spider web embossing folder to emboss the leaves after cutting them out, you could get the same effect by scoring, and I used the retired “Think Happy” stamp set for the little smiles on the leaves, though it would be quite easy to draw them in.
The acrostic was one I wrote when teaching poetry to my third graders one lovely fall afternoon. I wrote the above for the example and then had them all sit outside and write their own acrostic from something they saw, or smelled, or touched, or heard – hopefully not tasted! What a fun memory!
Stampin’ Up’s Watercolor Paper #122959 is 6″ X 9″ and makes enough leaves for two cards. You could also use Shimmery White cardstock #101910. Remember to leave enough room to stamp and punch out your greeting from the paper.
Watercolor Wash Technique
Step 1) Put 4 drops of various reinkers in a paint palette (or a cool whip lid)
I used Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzaz
Step 2) Wet one side of the paper and then the other side so it lies flat
Step 3) Dip a paintbrush in the ink and then dab it on your paper, wash out the brush and apply a different color,
repeat until the watercolor paper is covered. Let dry.
Step 4) Using Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush #141898 flick gold flecks on your dried sheet by flicking the brush against the edge of its case
Step 5) Cut out your leaves with the Leaflets Framelits #138283 and cut out one leaf with the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper #142029
-note, cut the leaf with the glimmer side of the paper facing down so the framelit cuts into the white backside to protect your framelit.
The base of the card is Cajun Craze 4 1/4 X 11 Scored at 5 1/2
The Woodland Embossing Folder is used with Very Vanilla card stock 4 X 5 1/4 for a great background to the leaves. I typed the acrostic on Word, making four card insides from one sheet of Very Vanilla.
The greeting is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set (pg. 113) and is punched out of the watercolored paper with the Decorative Label Punch #120907. Remember, stamp first -then punch. A small dab of glue is run around the edges and then the label is dipped in Pumpkin Pie glitter.
A little piece of burlap ribbon #141487 is glued on the Very Vanilla, the leaves are added with glue dots, and a gold ribbon tied on top.
Faux Icing/Snow Technique
The Technique I taught at club came from last spring’s Stampin’ Up! convention where we learned how to make faux icing.
My glitter was not Dazzling Diamonds #133751 so it has a rose tint. Lesson learned! Stay with the best! The cupcake and the tree are from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, pg. 106. I loved how the ink from the stamped image bled through the ‘icing’ to give the shadowed effect. Be careful that your mixture isn’t too thick or you won’t get that result. If you store the leftover mixture in a jar be sure and add a bit of water to make up for what has evaporated. The Tree Builder Punch #138295 was used for the birds and the cherry on top. I wish you could see the 3D effect of the snowman built from the Owl Punch 5/16″ circle on top of the 3/8″ circle punch.
And finally, I must put in a plug for Paper Pumpkin, the October kit was a set of 8 shaker cards and the kit was exceptional!
Go to paperpumpkin.com to sign up before December 10 and you will receive your kit around Christmas. Last year the December kit was a calendar for each month of the new year with a gold display stand. It was an exceptional kit. Hmmmm…I think I am saying that about all of them!
I will be posting again soon with the details of the Magic Christmas class I held at the first of November and then the Stamp A Stacks held in Elizabeth.
Stay tuned for more….