Bells & Boughs

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Product Playground Part 2

I’m back today to share another one of my Product Playground creations with you.

I combined 2 stamp sets and I could stretch it and say 2 techniques but they actually combine to make one.

I’ve used the Snowflake Soiree and Bells and Boughs stamp sets. I’ve then used some heat embossing and brayering which combine to make the Emboss Resist Technique.

Here’s what I came up with.

I’ve stamped the snowflakes onto Whisper White cardstock using Versamark ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I then brayered over the images going diagonally across the card, firstly using Pool Party and then with Island Indigo (not going quite as far across the card). This gives the colour variance and being on Whisper White card rather than gloss gives a more subtle mottled effect.

I’ve added some Rhinestones to 2 of the snowflakes to add a bit of sparkle. The sentiment if from Bells & Boughs which is stamped in Island Indigo onto Whisper White card and punched out using the Wide Oval punch. I’ve layered this onto a Rich Razzleberry piece cut using the Sizzlits- Lots of Tags dies. This is then adhered to the Brayered piece using Dimensionals. The base card is Island Indigo which has a layer of Whisper White card before mounting the main piece.

I know this was a stretch with using Bells & Boughs stamp set but I found it a hard one to use with brayering techniques.

 I have one more project to share with you tomorrow so pop back then to check it out.


Inkspiration Case

I’ve decided I need something to push me to create regularly, which in turn should mean I post more regularly.

So what am I going to do??

I’m going to try out for a design team. There is a new Challenge blog starting up by Mynnette called Inkspirational and I’m hoping to just scrape in my entries. You need to complete a card for each of the 4 challenges to be considered for the design team and guess what…… I’ve managed to get all 4 done in one day.

This post is the first of the 4 and it’s for the Inkspiration Case.

Here’s the Inkspiration Case provided.


and here’s what I made.

I decided to make a Christmas Card using the gorgeous Bells & Boughs stamp set. I’ve stamped my main image onto Watercolour Paper using Stazon Jet Black ink. I coloured the ‘fir tree’ branches using Old Olive & Always Artichoke Markers. The Poinsettia has been watercoloured using an Aqua Painter with More Mustard, Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive & Always Artichoke Inkpads. The largest Poinsettia has an extra layer as I stamped, watercoloured and cut out the centre petals and mounted on top using a Stampin’ Dimensional. Unfortunately as I’ve photographed my card straight on you can’t really see this. I’ll try and take another tomorrow and edit this post to show exactly what I’ve done.

Stamps: Bells & Boughs
Cards: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Bold Brights Pattern Stack (Old Olive)
Ink: Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler & More Mustard (Inkpads and/or Markers)
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Lots of Tags Sizzlits, Big Shot.

Watch out for the next card in just a few…..

Merry Christmas–JAI 132

I’m finally here with a Challenge Card and am hoping to get a few more done today. With any luck I’ll get back into the swing of things ( I know I’ve said this before) and have some regular posting and creating going on.

My card today uses the JAI 132 Sketch.

When I saw this sketch I knew straight away that I wanted to use it for a Christmas Card. I have a few sneak peeks for you with this card.

There’s new DSP, a new In Colour and a new Stamp Set. I really love the new DSP and can see me using lots of it. You’ve already seen some of it in this post of my Christmas Tree. I’m also liking the new In Colour I’ve used and the Stamp Set, well what can I say. I’ve had this one for over a year thanks to a wonderful friend but haven’t shared it on here yet as it wasn’t something in our catalogue. I’ll see if I can locate the card I made last year for Christmas and share another time.

So would you like to see my card?

Stamp sets: Bells & Boughs
Card: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Watercolour Paper, Be Of Good Cheer DSP
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Aqua Painter.

To get some depth and a closer colour match for Cherry Cobbler with my water colouring I’ve used lots of layers allowing them to dry in between. Could probably go more but I was happy with the result.

I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of this stamp set over the coming months. It’s such an old time traditional Christmas Set to me and one that’s not seasonal (winter or summer) related. It just says ‘Christmas’.

Till next time…