Stampin’ Blends Gift Giving
Welcome to the Stamping Sunday Blog Hop from the “second Sunday” team organised by Sara Levin over at the Artful Inker. Today we are featuring the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers from Stampin’ Up! and our guest designer is the fabulous Maria Willis.
In December, my monthly card making class is all about Gift Giving. The Stampin’ Blends have become a very popular medium with both myself and my lovely class attendees, so it was a great opportunity to use them.
As a cardmaker, what could be a more personal gift to give than a wonderfully presented box of handmade cards. I started the ladies off with two cards to put in a decorated acetate gift box and they could then complete the box with their own cards.
Count Your Blessings
This was a “choose your own colour scheme” type of project. I chose to use the Light and Dark Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends for my floral images from the Count My Blessings stamp set. The images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a panel of Thick Whisper White cardstock and then coloured.
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Acetate Gift Boxes
These gift boxes from Stampin’ Up! are perfect for either holding up to 5 or 6 x C6 cards and envelopes, or for holding one very special card with a lot of raised elements.
Leave them plain to show off the cards inside,or decorate them as a feature. This project does both … the outside is a simple belly band of Designer Series Paper (Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper Stack, also on the retiring list), and a Foil Snowflake. This is the reverse side of the snowflake, sponged with Pumpkin Pie Ink. These amazing Foil Snowflakes will no longer be available after 2nd January 2018 or while stocks last, so if you wanted some while they are still available, jump in quick and place an order. I used a greeting from the All Abloom Stamp Set.
The second project was a wine bottle tag created with the fabulous Half Full Stamp Set. I was so pleased to hear that this stamp set from the Holiday Catalogue was carrying over.
The tag itself is very easy to create … Cut a piece of whisper white cardstock 22cm x 7.2cm (which is exactly the width of the largest die from the Lots of Labels framelits. Score 6cm from one end and punch a hole (we used the 1 1/2″ hole punch) in that end to go over the top of the bottle.
Then place the other end of the cardstock through that largest die from the Lots of Labels framelits and only cut one end. Only crank the big shot handle until you just feel it cut that end and then roll it back the other way. So you are only cutting that one end.
The bricks are created by sponging with the brick stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. This tag uses Crumb Cake and Cajun Craze. And then sponge around one edge with Crumb Cake ink without the mask.
The greeting, bottle and glass are all stamped onto Whisper White card stock, coloured with Stampin’ Blends before being trimmed out by hand before adhering to the tag. A bow tied with Crumb Cake Classic Weave Ribbon (which is a beautiful elegant ribbon by the way) finishes the tag off beautifully.
My wine is a light coloured variety, such as a Pinot Noir or a Lambrusco, so I coloured the wine bits first with Dark Pink Pirouette before adding the light and dark Cherry Cobbler. Other girls create a darker wine like a Shiraz or Cabernet by colouring the wine bits first with Dark Rich Razzleberry before adding light and dark Cherry Cobbler. Adding that layer of colour as an undertone can really change up the finished colouring.
I hope you have enjoyed these projects today as much as we enjoyed creating them.
I can’t wait to see what the other girls have coloured with their Stampin’ Blends today. Hop around to all the blogs and check them out.