Friday, 11 August 2017

Feeling of Christmas Stamp Set

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday I chose to play with the Feeling of Christmas Stamp Set which will be available in the new Christmas Catalogue which goes live on 1st. September 2017.

I selected this stamp set because it has a wreath that calls out to be coloured, but it's also a two-step stamp. 

I wanted to compare a two-step stamped wreath with a coloured wreath. 

Unfortunately, our circle dies aren't big enough to die cut the wreath which is what led me to fussy cut them.

I started by stamping two wreaths onto Whisper White Cardstock (CS) using Basic Black Archival Ink.  

Using Real Red, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede Marker Pens, I coloured the first wreath. 

Then I coloured the second wreath with just the Real Red and Soft Suede  wreaths, omitting the leaves.

There are four mistletoe berries on the wreath, and I painted them with my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen. 

I inked the two-step stamp for the wreath in Pear Pizzazz Ink, stamped off once and then onto my second stamped wreath. 

I don't believe there is any right or wrong way of which way this stamp should be position, so I decided which part of the stamp had the least amount of pattern and stamped that area over the bow.

Comparing the two fussy cut wreaths, I'm really surprised that I like the two-step wreath better than the coloured one. 

I then stamped a third wreath on a squarish piece of Whisper White CS, and coloured it.

When I compared it with the other two wreaths, I definitely liked it better than the fussy cut coloured wreath. 

In fact, I think I liked it best out of all three cards.

Unfortunately I'd run out of time to try a fourth card i.e. a two-step square wreath!

It was quite unintentioanl, but I made the wreath on the third card look like a coaster, which started my mind going in another direction.

I kept the basic design on all three cards the same, so comparing them with each other would be much easier!

I started with a card base of Old Olive CS, then a layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of Designer Series Paper (DSP).

It's the Whisper White spot on Old Olive design from the forthcoming Merry Little Christmas DSP. 

I put a strip of the Whisper White on Basic Black script design from the forthcoming Merry Music Specialty DSP from the top of the card to the bottom. 
I added a strip of the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon down the centre of this strip but stopped short of each end.

The sentiment is from the Musical Season Stamp set which will be available in the new Christmas Catalogue with a co-ordinating set of dies.

I added a layer of Whisper White CS inside eah of the cards and stamped the single strip of holly, which I coloured with Real Red and Pear Pizzazz Marker Pens. 

The last two photogaphs today show the two new stamp sets as well as the new dies that'll be availble in the new catalogue.

If you're one of my customers, I'll send you a copy of the new Christmas Catalogue towards the  end of this month. 

If you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and would like to receive a free catalogue, please email me your details - - and I'll be happy to send you one.  

Please note that Stampin' Up! rules only allow me to sell to crafters with addresses in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Austria - I'm truly sorry!

That's it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



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