Saturday, 18 November 2017

Season Like Christmas

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday I had my first play with the Season Like Christmas Stamp Set.

This is a four-step stamping set and will be even easier with the new Stamparatus when it arrives!

It took me a few practice goes to decide on a suitable colour combo, and I've decided it's best to use two similar greens, and stamp the bigger tree stamp in the lighter green first.

I started with Pear Pizzazz and then moved onto Wild Wasabi. 

For the tree trunk I used Soft Suede and Real Red for the berries.

It was so easy and I was really pleased with the results. 

Both cards have a Real Red Cardstock (CS) card base, with a layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). 

The two different designs of DSP I have used on these cards are on the reverse of each other.

Apart from having a go at the four-step stamping, I also wanted to have a play with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. 

On the first tree, I put a small blob of glue on to each berry and put it to one side to see if it would dry as a blob, or if it would flatten out.

On the second tree, I put a small amount of glue on each berry to see what that would look like dried.

I did the same on the third tree, but sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over it very lightly.

As I was working on the sentiments, I dropped a piece of paper on the first tree, which was the one I wanted to see if they'd stay as blobs or become flattened as they dried.

I found out if a piece of paper is dropped on them, they flatten! Grrr! 

Rather than just allowing the glue to dry in a very indiscrimate manner, I covered the whole tree in Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. 

I gave it several seconds for the glue to adhere to as much glitter as possible, and then shook off the excess.

I used my pointed tweezers to manouvre the glitter back onto the berries, or I removed it off the card altogether. 

I was pleased with the level of success I had doing this, but I was very disappointed that the berries on the first tree were looking very pink!

I finished off two cards with tree two in the diamond shape, and card three in the oval.

Instead of adding ribbon to the two cards, I adhered two or three narrow strands of Real Red CS across the front of the card and  beneath the tree image.

I chose the sentiment from the Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set, and coloured it by painting with my Marker Pens in Real Red and Wild Wasabi. 

After I had fussy cut them both, I adhered them to the card front using Dimensionals.

On the sentiment on the card with tree two, I went over the letters with the Fine Tip Glue Pen sparingly and allowed to dry.

I won't be trying that idea again! LOL!

Inside both cards, I adhered a layer of Whisper White CS, and added a punched bow, which I'd stamped in Real Red Ink on Real Red CS - the stamp was from Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set.

The last photograph shows the tree with the pink berries, and I have no idea what to do with it at the moment! Any suggestions?

Yesterday evening, hubby and I had a super dinner at out favourite Singaporean restaurant, which is called Singapore Orchid - the food there is amazing.

I hope you have a great weekend, and until tomorrow, happy crafting. 

JanB.

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