Home again after a quick trip to visit my daughter. I think I can stay put for a little while now and get back into a regular schedule with my blog and business! That feels good, and my two cats, Beetle and Pickle are so happy, that they climbed into my suitcase for a nap, presumably to prevent me from packing and leaving again!
This is Beetle! Pickle couldn't be persuaded to stay for the photo. She's a little camera shy these days.
My Technique Nights this week have a theme of Fun with Fonts and I needed one more design to work with. I wanted to do something with die cut letters so I chose to use the Perfect Print Alphabet Bigz dies to add some eye-catching lettering to my project. This card works perfectly for two challenges this week, The Paper Player's Spring theme and the sketch from Pals Paper Arts!
Here's a closer look at my design:
- After seeing it all over the internet, I finally ordered the Love is Kindness stamp. It's a great stamp, perfect for watercolouring and it has a lovely sentiment, which I didn't want to use in this instance. I covered the sentiment with tape, inked up the stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then removed the tape before I stamped. This masked the sentiment without having to cut it off the stamp, because I know I will use it in the future.
- I then used Stampin' Blendabilities to colour it in, the Old Olive assortment and the Pink Pirouette Assortment. *But I have some sad news about our Blendabilities. There have been some quality issues with them, and until these are dealt with, Stampin' Up! has taken them off the order list temporarily. This, unfortunately, includes all those available for Sale-A-Bration Rewards. Stampin' Up! is committed to providing top quality products and won't sell anything that doesn't meet it's stringent requirements. We look forward to the issues being solved and being able to order them again soon.
- I used some of the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper for the oval frame around the tulips. It is white cardstock with a glossy white pattern already embossed on it and what's so great about it is that you can sponge it, spritz it, or use sponge daubers to colour it any colour that we have and the embossed area resists the ink. This leaf pattern is one of six designs as part of this Sale-A-Bration reward you can earn free with a $60 order. I sponged it with Old Olive ink after die cutting the oval shape out of the middle using the Ovals Collection Framelits. I added more ink the closer to the bottom I got, creating an ombre effect. When sponging, I always recommend using scrap paper for the initial sponge, just to prevent a concentrated blog of colour on the real thing. It's very hard to mask a mistake like that.
- The letters were die cut using the Perfect Print Alphabet Bigz dies. I tend to just cover the two dies with cardstock and cut all the letters rather than pick and choose. The letters I don't want for this project, I store in a container to use another time. I used tiny dots of Liquid Multipurpose Glue to adhere the letters to the card front and I used the edge of the DSP to make sure they were perfectly aligned.
And it's Tuesday and time for some new:
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