October is a big birthday month for the Burgins, including two of the young-adult grandsons. Since I was on a roll with the faux water coloring technique, I quickly made up two of these. Notice the unusual absence of ribbon, glitter, or embellishments! I really, really had to resist using gold Wink of Stella — just a tiny bit! The resulting card is quite strong, I think, especially with all that black.
To keep the leaves straight on this 2⅛” wide Whisper White panel, I drew light pencil lines 1/2″ from each long edge. When I was finished stamping and water coloring, and everything was dry, I erased them with my Adhesive Remover.
Yes, you can water color on Whisper White paper! But you can’t use a lot of water and you can’t work the same area over and over. But for quick coloring, WW is totally fine.
No, it’s not a lemon square (that’s what it looks like on my monitor), it’s the Stampin’ Up! Adhesive Remover. If you ever took an art class, you’ll recognize this as an art gum eraser.
To remove most adhesive (e.g., SNAIL, Multipurpose Glue) use a corner against your work. A short pulling motion in one direction will lift the adhesive away. Don’t scrub.
Eventually the Adhesive Remover will get a bit nasty on the corners you’ve been using. Just pull the “glue boogers” (technical term) off the Adhesive Remover, or cut them off with your Snips.
Because it is an eraser, it’s also perfect for erasing pencil lines. In fact, I never use a pencil eraser any more, as invariably I would smudge my work with something from the eraser. Grrrr. This product is gentle on your paper and very effective.
This could be the best $3,50 you ever spend on paper crafting supplies! I still am using the original one I bought probably 10 years ago. So serious am I about this product that a few years ago a triangular half was included in the Inkspiration Saturday swag bag. A sweet husband cut dozens of Adhesive Removers in half and drilled a hole in one corner for a ball chain.
Should this 2″ x 2″ square be in your “stamping essentials” tote? Click the image to get to my online ordering page or add it to your next club order!
But it’s a start. In my Pinterest dreams, I envision my living room mantel as the setting for a holiday hamlet of fanciful dwellings like this one.
My stamping buddy Sue Plote and I made these last week. I am determined to make more — all different, of course! — and I’m sure subsequent versions will take less time.
To assemble the building, I used my Multipurpose Liquid Glue; for the detailed die-cuts, I used Multi or the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.
This is most certainly not a problem shared by everyone — not even all stampers! But if you’re making multiples of projects or you are setting up a project for a stamp camp, keeping rolls of twine contained can be a challenge.
At Inkspiration Saturday a few weeks ago, this card used both twines from the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine pack. (Hear me clearly: this twine is so cute!) Stampers needed 7″ of both, so I punched a hole in the metal lid of a jelly jar and threaded them through (of course, the lid was then screwed on):
Although you could use another container, the glass was heavy enough so that you could pull the twine without tipping over the jar. It worked perfectly.
For a less elaborate, simpler solution for just one spool of twine, adhere a scrap of cardstock to the bag that holds the twine. Punch a hole through both and thread the twine through, closing the bag.
No more twine on the loose!
So, I couldn’t stay away. Since I had thank-you cards to create and send, I used that as a reason to further experiment with the technique I showed in yesterday’s card.
But here’s what I did differently: I stamped all the Crushed Curry leaves and then went and pulled the color into each image. Because I started with a master board that I cut into smaller pieces, there were many images that had “dried”; I think the wet brush did a very fine job of lifting and moving that ink.
I almost stopped after those Curry leaves. I was in love with the way the Shimmery White panel turned out. (I just may repeat that!)
However, I decided to see what would happen with the addition of Soft Suede leaves, all stamped and all water colored, and Cajun Craze images done the same way. I’m happy with the result!
As I ramp up the prep for the October edition of Jingle Jump, I need to make sure to share this card from September’s JJ. (Yes! All new cards October 21-22!) This card could be easily made more elaborate, but the objective of Jingle Jump is to provide cards that can be completed in 10 minutes.
Here the pine boughs are stamped once, then again in a second-generation stamping (or, as we say, “stamped off”). The ribbon is enhanced by layering it over a strip of Gold Foil paper. The gold-embossed sentiment echoes the glow.
Just a reminder that Jingle Jump registration closes today — the Friday afternoon session is full, and there are only a few spaces available for Friday evening and Saturday morning. Register now!
Uh-oh. I seem to remember seeing a card that inspired this September camp card, but … hmmm. Nowhere to be found. I apologize to the stamper whose work took me in this direction. Step forward and take credit, please!
I never get tired of using these Leaflets Framelits, particularly when used in such a fanciful way. I think this oak leaf shape is fabulous.
In real life, well, autumn is creeping in. Windows open, shorts on, someone painting outside — this is not typical for us in early October! It’s not that I can hardly wait for winter, but I’m certainly ready for a little nip in the air! That’s why I keep using the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I can dream.
While I’m waiting, we’ll be stamping two fall cards and two Christmas cards in camp this month. You can see my October calendar of events here!