Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Charming Cafe with Van Gogh Background

I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire's tutorial on watercolour backgrounds using liquid watercolours, to try some of my own using our Stampin' Up! Classic Ink Refills. In particular, I tried two of her techniques. One she called the Drip and Spritz Technique and the other she didn't name but was basically adding drops of liquid watercolour to an already wet cardstock base. That technique was really fun. The Drip and Spritz involved adding drops of dye to a dry watercolour friendly base and spritzing it with water. You get little veins of colour seeping out from the drops you added and it makes for a really interesting background.

I thought they would make a great background for the new Charming Cafe Bundle from the Occasions Catalogue. I was picturing a little French Bistro with a Van Gogh-like sky behind it! Vive le Paris! What resulted was a lovely little CAS thank you card. Here's a closer look:

  • I used Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy and Bermuda Bay Refills on Shimmery White Cardstock, touching the top of the dropper head to the paper as I filled it with a mixture of those colours. You need to work fast so it's a good idea to take the lids off ahead of time. Otherwise, the ink soaks right into the paper before you can spritz it with water and then you don't get the spread of ink that you want. 
  • Right away you spritz the cardstock with water from about 12" away and you will begin to see some really interesting spidery veins coming out from around each drop if it doesn't soak in too much before you start spritzing. If you have trouble with this, there are two things you can do. First you could try to add bigger drops. Secondly, use Glossy White Cardstock. The ink doesn't soak into it nearly as quickly. It does take longer to dry on it, however.
  • I taped my paper down on to a clipboard as well, to keep the warping to a minimum, but it still happened with lots of water usage.
  • On a Whisper White card front, I stamped the little bistro table and chairs from the Charming Cafe stamp set and using the coordinating die from the Cafe Builder Framelits with the window opening to figure out where to stamp them. Then I die cut the window with the outline of the chairs and table with that same framelit.
  • I coloured the chairs and table along with the cups, etc. with Stampin' Blends. The background piece was trimmed down to fit the window (a little larger on all sides) and glued to a same-sized piece of Whisper White to flatten it out. This was adhered inside the card and a liner was added to the inside of the card so that the background piece which is much smaller than the card front wouldn't show.
Here's a quick look at some other backgrounds I made:

I couldn't close my blog today without mentioning my pride at being Canadian and watching Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win Gold at the Ice Dance Figure Skating competition on Monday! It was their third gold medal of their career, and their last free skate was so passionate and mesmerizing to watch!

Three more Canadian athletes won Gold on Monday as well, two of them from my home province of British Columbia: Cassie Sharpe in Freestyle Skiing Halfpipe and Justin Kripps in Bobsleigh.

Justin Kripps, is from Summerland, a fellow Okanagan Valley resident, and Cassie Sharpe lives on Vancouver Island very near where my daughter lives!

Are you enjoying the Olympics? What sports do you particularly like watching?

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Picture Perfect Birthday Card

This was not the card I was going to make today at all! I was planning something super simple using the Picture Perfect Party DSP and a die cut sentiment! That would have been "Picture Perfect" for my Birthday Buffet class on Saturday. But, always the brilliant one, I must have given away the DSP as a prize at some event or other, because I did not have any of it! Rats! Just one more downer to add to a snow filled weekend. After a lovely week, where the majority of our snow melted and the temperatures were finally warming up, another Arctic front combined with wet Pacific air met up over our area and 15 - 25 cm of snow resulted!! Spring is SUCH a tease! Here's how my hubby and I looked when we saw the view out our window the next day:

That's gobsmacked, by the way! Totally speechless!

Anyway, I improvised and here's what I came up with:

So it was still fairly easy, but not as easy as I had hoped!

Just a reminder about how awesome Sale-A-Bration can be for you! Just this weekend, I had another person join my team, and already this person is enjoying 20% discounts on all her Stampin' Up! products and will continue to be able to do that until the end of July 2018 as a minimum, even if they make little effort to do anything else! They were able to choose two free stamp sets of any price from any current catalogue during the Sale-A-Bration months. And that's on top of the normal $165 worth of products for only #135. This is a fabulous deal, because depending on the stamp sets chosen, you could be getting another $132 free!

I also just had another Host earn over $115 worth of free Stampin' Up! products as part of my Stamp Club, but you could earn similar rewards by hosting your own Stampin' Up! event. During Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up! is throwing in an extra $35 worth of Stampin' Rewards, when your party sales before shipping and tax are above $330. Awesome!

And don't forget, just shopping on your own. When you spend $60 you earn one of the many beautiful Sale-A-Bration rewards from the brochure! I LOVE this time of year! You have until March 31st to take advantage of these offers.

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