It’s great to be back blogging after Christmas and New Years! I hope that you all made the most of the holiday season and spent some time with your family and friends, celebrating and making memories!
Now, let’s get back into crafting. My first blog for the year is inspired by the latest Global Design Project. Challenge #17, a colour challenge. I love me a good colour challenge.
I was so happy when I saw that one of the colours in the challenge this week was Crumb Cake. A firm favourite of mine and one of my ‘go-to’ colours when nothing else works. Rose Red and Garden Green aren’t the usual colours that I work with. I can tell, as I am still on the same packet of Rose Red cardstock that I purchased when I first became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator 5+ years ago. It’s not that I don’t like the colour Rose Red, it’s just that I tend to grab others before it. New year – to use a bigger variety of colours from my stash… Do you have a craft New Years Resolution?
Now, the set I have used on my card today was a freebie. Yayyyyyy. I received it at our recent Stampin’ Up! OnStage event as a prize patrol and was thrilled. Everyone loves a floral stamp set right?! Perfect for almost every occasion. And even better, the array of flowers that it features are all Australian!!! Now, would you like to receive this stamp set for free too? You can, as this month is Sale-A-Bration month with Stampin’ Up!
What is Sale-A-Bration I hear? Well, here’s the deal: for every $90 AUD/$110 NZD you spend (before shipping and handling), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product Flowering Fields anyone?). That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free. You can browse or shop and earn yourself free Sale-A-Bration products here.
I wanted to try a technique that’s been around for awhile but that I hadn’t used on my cards yet. I had an idea in my head on how to use this technique with this stamp set on my GDP card. The technique, although I am not sure what it is called, involves inking up one of our clear blocks (any size you like). I used block D and my Garden Green and Rose Red Stampin’ pads. I then gave the pad a light spritz with water from my Stampin’ Spritzer and stamped it straight onto my Shimmery White cardstock. I put this aside to dry off (you probably could use our Heat Tool to speed up the process, but I didn’t want to disturb the way the ink had settled on the cardstock. It had left such a nice pattern without any muddiness).
Now that I had created such a pretty and unique background, I wanted to keep that the main focus of my card but still wanted to showcase the Flowering Fields stamp set so I used our brand new, reformulated black Archival ink and stamped my image straight over the top of my handmade background. I really love how it turned out and I can see me using this technique with many more different colours in the future.
I finished off my card with some simple features, a white bow and some basic rhinestones for a bit of bling.
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