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Hi Stamping Friends!
I don't know about you, but I'm ready for spring to arrive! It's been bitterly cold for weeks and I'm looking forward to riding my bike in the warm sunshine, hearing the birdies start to sing again and watching the flowers bloom on the trees.
You know, Spring is really not that far away—March 20th! That's only 3 weeks! Yippee!
Until it arrives, I guess I'll just hunker down in my craft room with my space heater aimed at my toes, and keep creating cards that remind me that spring is right around the corner!
Today's card definitely fits that description!
We created this delightful Vivid Vases card at my Last Thursdays class last night. I love the bright & cheery colors—just what I needed to fend off the winter blahs!
CASEd from Gloria Kremer at Girlfriend Originals.
Background Basics—I started by randomly stamping the Gorgeous Grunge splatter image all over the Coastal Cabana card base with Coastal Cabana ink. I cut a 3-1/2" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock for the focal point and rounded two corners with the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch.
Vivid Vases Wow #1—It's so fun to color the Vivid Vases single stamp with the Blendabilities Markers to give the vases beautiful shading and dimension. I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, which is the recommended black ink to use with the alcohol-based Blendabilities Markers.
There are a lot of ways you can go about coloring with Blendabilities Markers and many times it depends on the image and how large the area is that you are about to color. For the vases, I started at the bottom and sides with the darkest color marker using the fine bullet nib, then continued progressing to the medium and lighter colors as I moved to the center and top of the vase.
TIP: If you have stroke lines between two shades of color, simply continue to color over the top of it until they dissipate. The card stock will not pill, but the color will start to seep through, so make sure your work surface is protected.
My vases are colored with Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana and Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities. I used the fine tip of the Old Olive Blendabilities to define the stems and color the leaves.
Need some help? Be sure to watch the Blendabilities Basics Tutorial Video to see coloring tips in action.
Finishing Touches—I stamped a 4-1/2" x 3/4" strip of Daffodil Delight card stock with the diagonal striped image from Gorgeous Grunge in the same color. After fish-tailing one end, I adhered it flush to the right side of the focal point, the popped the whole stamped layer with Dimesionals onto the card front.
I added a small Silver Baker's Twine Bow with a Glue Dot and sprinkled a few Rhinestone Jewels around the vases for some shiny accents.
Two Cool—My second version uses all the same elements on the horizontal.
I chose the "lines" image from the Gorgeous Grunge set to create the diagonal pattern on the Daffodil Delight strip and fish-tailed both ends this time.
Vivid Vases Wow #2—After I was done, I decided to make the vases even more realistic by adding some Crystal Effects! This thick, clear adhesive dries to a shiny, raised finish, giving the vases the appearance of glass or porcelain. Awesome!
TIPS For Using Crystal Effects: I outlined the vase just inside the lines with the Crystal Effects using the fine tip applicator, then used the tip to help fill in the rest of the vase. You can use a toothpick to pull the adhesive into smaller areas, if necessary. Fill the areas until the surface is smooth. If you have any uneven spots, it will dry that way. If you have any bubbles in the glue, use a toothpick to pop them, or they could stick around, too. You'll need to let the adhesive dry thoroughly...at least an hour, but preferably longer to make sure it won't smudge. The thicker the application, the longer it takes to dry.
Complete Supplies List
- Stamps—Vivid Vases, Gorgeous Grunge (wood)
- Ink—Memento Tuxedo Black; Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight Classic Ink; Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Old Olive & Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities Markers.
- Paper—Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight & Whisper White card stock
- Accessories—Rhinestone Jewels, Silver Baker's Twine
- Tools—Project Life Corner Rounder, Paper Snips, Crystal Effects, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, SNAIL
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