Monday, 11 December 2017

Night in Bethlehem Vellum

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you've had a great weekend.

Saturday was a very trying day for me; one of those where if it could go wrong, it did!

The icing on the cake was my printer died. 

This was within an hour or so of ordering five new toner cartirdges for £140! 

Fortunately, the company we ordered from has cancelled the order and processed a refund.  

As hubby is an engineer, although not a printer engineer, he decided to open the machine and find out what was wrong! 

Next he went online to order a new part, but found it's only available as part of a much larger part!

He found that there wasn't much difference between the cost of buying this larger part, and buying a new machine. 

I'm pleased to say it's arriving today, and hubby will install it this evening.

More good news! 

Yesterday, Stampin' Up! announced 24 hours FREE SHIPPING! 

It started last night, 10th December 2017 at 11:00 PM GMT/Midnight CET, and it will end on 11th December 2017 at 10:59 PM GMT/11:59 PM CET. 

This is a great time to check out what’s on the Year-End Sale List I sent out on 30th November 2017; and also the Clearance Rack in my online store. 
Please note once the items on this list have gone, they’ve gone!

This offer is also available in North America and the South Pacific, so please check with your demonstrator for the timing.

For today's card, I CASE'd a fabulous card made by one of the ladies in my team, Karen James. 

She shared it in our Facebook group, and said it was the card she'd made for her staff - all fifty of them - so the card had to be quick to make.

She used a technique I haven't knowingly seen before, and the result on her card is stunningher card is stunning - please see the last potograph.

I asked Karen how she had coloured the tag, and she explained that she'd heat-embossed the image first, and then used Blender pens. 

Karen also said it was a very forgiving technique, so I couldn't wait to try it!

When I CASE another crafter's card, I try to put my spin on it, which I did in this case as far as the stamp set I used, but I stuck to the same colours as Karen, and I'm so pleased I did.

I made two more changes, the first of which was to use the new Stampin' Blend Pens. 

Starting at the bottom I used the Dark Bermuda Bay, then Light Bermuda Bay, then Light Night of Navy, and finally the Dark Night of Navy. 

The other change I made, which was a bit of a challenge, was that I stamped the Mary and Joseph image from the Night in Bethlehem Stamp Set, onto a piece of vellum using Night of Navy Ink. 
The image wasn't brilliant, but I went over it with a Blender Pen and it brought it up beautifully. 

I used my Heat Tool to dry the image before I was happy to place it facedown on my desk to colour it from the back. 

Next time, I'll try it closer to Karen's method i.e. heat embossing the image and using Blender Pens.

Big THANKS to Karen for sharing a brilliant technique!

That's it from me today, and until tomorrow, happy crafting!



  1. Karen's card is indeed beautiful! Did she use the Blender Pen on the front of the stamped & embossed image or on the back, I wonder and did she emboss the images in Night of Navy or ? -- sorry, I still have questions. It's hard to see your card in the tiny photo on my screen, Jan, but it looks every bit as lovely too. TFS

    1. Hi, Geraldine. No, she painted from the back, and the image was heat-embossed in silver. I would have liked my to be more fluid like Karen's instead of the hard lines in mine, but a bit of practice, and I'll get it! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Thanks for further clarity Jan. Might you consider doing a video on this one and doing it just like Karen's? If you're swamped with other ideas, that's okay too ... I understand. I'd just like to be able to see this one more up-close. TFS

    1. Hi, Geraldine. I was thinking about a video because I think it's a great technique. I'd love to have mine more like Karen's as hers is much softer whereas my lines are far too hard. I'll have a play tomorrow, and see where it takes me! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.