Congratulations : Let’s Celebrate

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator stampwithpeg – Mask, Blend & Stamp, Congratulations Card

NEW Technique Tuesday.

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I have a new regular for you, we already have Quick Card Thursday… now we have Technique Tuesday. So every Tuesday I will share a new technique or something that is also new to me, we can learn together.

For this first one I have for the first time tried masking and blending and I am so happy with it, I am usually the first to criticise  my own makes but I love this and will be doing it again definitely.

I cut a piece of Whisper White card 1/2″ smaller than my card base, and using sticky notes masked off an area, this wasn’t pre-measured as I wasn’t even sure how I was going to do the card at that point.

I chose three colours, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay and Wisteria Wonder and with some sponge started blending, (Unfortunately I had ran out of Stampin’ Up! sponges so had to improvise with a washing up sponge cut into squares)

I pressed the sponge into the ink pad and then rubbed most of it off onto scrap paper, then using a circular motion lightly rubbed the first colour till I had covered about a third of the space, leaving it sort of diagonally. I repeated with the other two colours blending lightly together at the joins.

I have used a lot of the stamps from the Balloon Celebration stamp set, but there were some I hadn’t had any ideas of what to do with them, so I thought new technique use new stamps, I randomly stamped each of the three stamps in all three colours. Then the tense bit, pulling off the sticky notes….. it was such a relief to find it had worked and I had nice crisp lines.

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I then thought it would look nice with a border of some sort, but that didn’t overpower the inked panel. I used the score board and put three score lines either side, first I placed the panel inked side up and worked out where I wanted the score lines, then turned it over and scored so that the lines were raised on the inked side.

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At this point I hadn’t even decided what occasion the card was going to be for, but it just shouted ‘congratulations’ to me, maybe it was the stars I’m not sure 🙂

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There was a congratulations stamp in the stamp set I was using, and also these two stamps..

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With 3 attempts I finally managed to get the three colours right on the stamp to make the wording echo the inked panel, (if I had the Stampin’ markers in those colours it would have been so much easier, they are going on my next order). I used the  Decorative Label Punch, and using my sponges from earlier I distressed the edges in the three colours again.

I adhered the whole panel to a panel of Bermuda Bay Card 1/8″ bigger, and then using dimensionals added it to the card base.

Now I have to own up to being a very clumsy stamper I forever smudge and am always covered in ink, so its no surprise to me (or anyone else that knows me) that I managed to smudge my finished panel. 20160516_152814-1

Luckily is wasn’t too badly  and was easily covered up with a shiny rhinestone jewel. Thats the great thing about crafting, there is (nearly) always an easy cover up for little mistakes.

I hope you try this out for yourself, the end result is so rewarding.

Happy Crafting

Lynn x

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Remember if you do order, add the hostess code which is shown top right (or at the bottom on mobiles), as at the end of the month I will close off this code and anyone who has used it will get a Stampin’ Up! product in the post from me.
This will not come in with your order as it is directly from me, this is as well as a little thank you card and handmade gift that I send as a thank you each month you order from me just for being a customer, I am so humbled by people choosing me to purchase from and it is my way of trying to show this.
Please make sure you allow contact as if you do not I will not be able to send you this.
If your order is over £150 please do not use the code as you will get the hostess benefits yourself with your order.
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