Monday, 18 July 2016

Picture Perfect Starfish & Acetate

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you had a great weekend. 

We visited our friend in Aylesbury yesterday and on the way home, were held up on the notorious M25 for a "medical incident". Neither hubby or I had ever heard this terminology used to describe being held up on the motorway before. We assume someone had been taken seriously ill. The air ambulance landed on the other carriageway. 

Shortly after this, the traffic on our side started moving again. On our journey home, we kept hearing traffic updates and the other carriageway remained at a standstill for at least two hours. I couldn't get the incident out of my mind for the rest of the day, thinking about the "man" who'd been taken ill. 
When we arrived home, we had a cup of tea and a cake, and sat and chatted for a while. Eventually, hubby went and sat in the garden - our second day of summer - and read the newspaper and I went into my studio.

I decided to use the Perfect Picture Stamp Set which, although I've had it for quite a little while, I still haven't used it! I also wanted to use the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate. 

I chose to work with the starfish using Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand Inks.
Rather foolishly, I didn't pay attention to which stamp was which when I removed them from their sheet and didn't know which was no. 1 and which was no.2 - and it wasn't easy trying to work it out either! But I think I sussed it out correctly. 

I've now used a Sharpie Pen and written 1 and 2 on the little pointer tab on each stamp so it'll always be easy to identify which one is which! 

I practised with the two colours, in all the various combinations and settled on my favourite. That is, stamp the first image using stamp 2 and Crumb  Cake Ink;  and then stamp on top using stamp 1 with Sahara Sand Ink.

There aren't any coordinating dies with this stamp set, so they need to be fussy cut, which was obviuosly quite straight-forward.

For today's card, I started with a base of Crumb Cake Cardstock, followed by a layer of Very Vanilla and a top layer of half Crumb Cake and half of a design from the Moroccan Designer Series Paper (DSP). 

I adhered all these pieces together, plus a strip of Very Vanilla down the centre join. I cut a piece of the Acetate to cover the top layer exactly and adhered by applying minute dots of Tombow around the outside dots and some random ones in the middle.

I prepared three starfish as described aboved and attached them to the card front using Dimensionals. I did double layer Dimensionals in the centre of the middle starfish, the bottom most "leg" and the one pointing almost east!

I used Crumb Cake Ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock for the sentiment from the Vertical Greetings Stamp Set. In case you haven't noticed, I've been using this set quite a lot! LOL!

I do have to say I'm so pleased we now have a set of vertical greetings! I find them so useful.

As promised, yesterday I looked for the name of the company I bought my Card Display Stands from:

Like most things, you can probably find cheaper on the internet, but please be careful that you don't have to forfeit quality. I've had mine for about four years now and there are no obvious signs of wear and tear. I've been very pleased with them and I'm very happy to recommend this company - no, I'm not being paid to recommend them! LOL!

That's about it for today. I hope you have a great week and until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. I just started following your blog via email a month or so ago and am so glad I found you on Pinterest. I love all your cards, etc. and your instructions for making them is so clear and easy to follow. I love your little "chats"! Wish we could have tea together or a card class but I live in Calgary, Canada. Meanwhile I'll just keep following your blog! Take care.

    1. I'm really pleased you found me too, joeytipping! ☺ I wish I could pop in for a cup of tea, a chat and a bit of crafting! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.