Is it Wine O’Clock Yet?

I just love the Half Full stamp set. I was really pleased to see it carry over into the new year too. More wine for us to play with.

I posted this project just recently (see here), but wanted to go over some of the details in depth for you.

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Here I used the recently launched Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to colour in my feature elements – the wine bottle and glasses.

As these are based on an alcohol solution, you need to use Memento ink to stamp your outline image. This is so as the pigment in that particular ink means the line work wont bleed once you begin colouring over the top. It’s all to do with alcohol vs oil vs water and the combinations that make up these products.

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Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Blends come in 12 different colours. There are two shades (a light and a dark) for each hue. Each marker has two tips – a brush end (for blending larger areas) and a fine tip end (for more precision work). There is also a Bronze and Ivory marker and a Colour Lifter to help lighten areas to create more of a realistic depth to your colouring.

There are number of ways you can colour with these types of markers. My preferred way, I think, goes against the grain a little. Well, for larger areas anyway. But I just find this gives me the result I’m looking for…

After stamping my outline image, I add shade with the darker marker first in a thin line.

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Next I use my lighter shade to blend that harsh line away, adding the colour to the remaining areas I need it. As you colour over and over the same areas two things happen – 1: the alcohol mixes together to help dissolve that line so that the colour in the image transitions seamlessly, and
– 2: the lighter shade does get a little darker, this makes me think about where I want my highlight to be so I don’t go over that area quite so much.

As the alcohol flood the cardstock, it may make the colour bleed out past the line work. This may make your image look like you need to brush up on your colouring skills again. So to help avoid that and make you look like the colouring pro you are, just stay in from the edges. If you do happen to put on too much colour, or colour goes outside the line, you can lift it away with the Colour Lifter –  you may need to go over the area a couple of times, allowing drying time in between.

For finer work, like the glasses on the inside of this card. I found it easier to colour the whole glass in with the lighter shade first, then add a touch of the darker shade to add depth.

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I find I hover between these two methods based on the amount of area I am colouring.

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I used Vellum for the glass, allowing the woodgrain to show through slightly, giving it an authentic look. I used the Stitched shapes framelit for the sentiment at the top, and layered this with the Layering Oval framelits and some more of that wood textures paper.

Below is a full supply list used on this project.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Playing catch up

The past few years, I find myself getting to this time of year and my list doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter. How about you?

My preparations for Christmas start later now that Miss Three has come along in December. I used to be ready for Christmas by the start of December. In addition to the general busy-ness that is usual for this time of year, I have a birthday to prep for too.

So whilst I haven’t been able to blog much lately, I have been busy in the background so let’s play catch with what’s been happening….

 

Lots of cards have been made. I usually send about 50 Christmas cards each year. I’m sure I forget people too each year (hopefully it’s not the same people every year!). Here are a couple…

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Is it wine o’clock yet? I’m so in love with the Half Full stamp set. It’s another one of those great sets with sentiments for the front and some for inside too. Here I have teamed it up with the new Stampin’ Blends and that lovely Woodgrain paper stack.

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Here is the inside with the funniest sentiment in that set!

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(For more details on this card and Stampin’ Blends tips – visit this related post)

Gift card / Money holder… This time of year, I need plenty of these. So here, I have given my Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set and Pocket thinlit dies a Christmas make over.

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Ice Skating anyone? Whilst here in Australia we usually swelter at Christmas-time, a lot of the world is cooler, snowing or icy. Ironically while making this card, I was sweating through 37 degrees Celsius (or 98 for my Fahrenheit friends)! We have family in the northern hemisphere that would enjoy this one.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Trim Your Stocking thinlit

Here I have had some punch-art fun with the Trim your Stocking die. Creating an ice-skate for a more wintery feel, with the addition of some punching, fussy cutting and paper piercing.

(For more details on this card, visit this related post.)

 

December classes have finished for the year. We always take this time to look forward to the next year, creating a calendar project. This year I stepped it up a little more making a notes station with the standard stamp cases using the Fresh Florals Designer Paper Series, Large Number framelits and the Fabulous Flamingo Stamp set.

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I found these cute little Flamingo flags at a stationery store and just HAD. TO. USE. THEM! So cute and of course they went well with the stamp set, so it was a no brainer.

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Inside we decorated a little note book and included some calendar tabs too. My class attendees loved this project.

 

Do you dress up your home for Christmas? I love to, and along with all the Be Merry Ornaments hanging around, I have this gorgeous one.

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I love when I find little gems like this hiding on bottom shelves in cheap stores. Add some crafting supplies and next thing you know you have a beautiful centrepiece. This one lights up too, to create a lovely glow.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Hearts Come Home, Bloomin' Heart

I kept the heart shape as the centre of the theme and teamed it up with a number of heart shaped dies. I framed them with some of that lovely Copper Metallic trim – stretching it out to create a subtle texture.

 

Memories of the year. Lastly, I have had this project floating around my craft room for easy four months. I just kept changing my mind on what I wanted to do with one of the most gorgeous photos I took of Little Miss (now) Three. I just love her smile in this photo. I remember the fun and joy she experienced as I pushed her on that swing that day.

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I didn’t want to detract from that, so I went really simple. Allowing the photo to speak freely. This sheet of paper is from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper pack and I just love the blends between the two colours, remind me of the blue sky and green grass. Which matched in perfectly with this photo. Some simple trim with the ribbon border punch in some Calypso Coral and a Daisy in blue to match finished it off.

Lots of products where used in these projects. I’ll come back shortly with individual posts for each of these, with more instructions and supply lists.

I have more…. but that will need to wait for another time…

Until Next time… Stamp Creatively,
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