It's Friday! Another week come and gone! I hope it was a good one for you. What do you do when you are tired or stressed? Quite often my hubby will make me a nice cup of herbal tea. My favourite is Warmth by Tetley, or Chai. Just the act of sitting down with a nice warm cuppa can change your perspective on life. I was thinking about needing a cup of tea as I've been working overtime to compensate for taking some time off next week. One of the things I needed to do was to come up with two new designs for As You See It Challenges, this week's and the following week's. I just got the new stamp set, A Nice Cuppa, and thought it would be perfect for Amanda's sketch:
The three panels have to be quite narrow to fit on a standard size card, so I thought I would stamp a larger image and cut it into three sections.
- I came up with a different colour scheme here: I have a Pear Pizzazz base with some Farmer's Market Gingham DSP as the next layer. The teacup is Calypso Coral with accents of Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder. The steam is stamped in Sahara Sand and the knife and spoon are die cut from Sahara Sand cardstock.
- The great thing about this A Nice Cuppa stamp set is the great Cups & Kettle Framelits that coordinate with it. They can be purchased separately, but are also available as a bundle that saves you 15%. I only used the knife and spoon framelits this time, but I can't wait to try out the other shapes, including a great teapot.
- I'm sad that you can't see, in real life the clear embossing that I did on the steam and the Watermelon Wonder heart. It really adds some dimension to the images. I actually stamped over the already stamped images with Versamark ink. (The photopolymer stamps make this quite easy actually, as you can see through them to match up the images exactly.) I added Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat set it. Immediately, I added more embossing powder. (You have to be really quick, before it cools and is smooth, not sticky.) I heat set it again and repeated those steps a couple of times.
Next week, while I am on holidays, I will be posting fewer cards and sharing some new product videos from Stampin' Up! I am looking forward to some time off. Enjoy your weekend!
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