Hi everyone, welcome and humble apologies for my absence over the past few days. There's a REALLY GOOD reason that I'll share at the end of this post... For today the IndigoBlu challenge team are serving up some extra inspiration for the current 'Christmas in July' challenge. We've already had some fabulous entries but would love to see even more from you talented designers out there. It also gives us the chance to show off more of the latest Christmas stamp releases quite literally hot off the presses (and man those presses are hot!)
Back at the end of July I did a tutorial on the IndigoBlu blog for a 'Snowflake Lace' background. If you remember back I made the background much bigger than needed for the final card so that gave me a spare piece. It was easy to cut this piece into strips ready for layering onto an embossed piece of card to make the perfect background for this card.
Haven't these baubles come up a treat with the 'Teardrop Bauble' dinkie stamp and some Winter Dawn Mega Flakes! I stamped them onto navy card and took the time to fussy cut them all for maximum layering impact.
The thin ribbon in my stash was an insipid pale cream colour so the ink dies came out to custom colourise it. I rather like the way the strips work underneath the 'Noel' sentiment to compliment the bauble bows.
I've been told that it is best to use a pigment or archival ink with the stamps as this gives a sharper definition... ever one to break the rules I wanted to remove the border from the 'Noel' dinkie stamp without the fuss of using masking tape so I reached for a Distress Marker to colour the sentiment alone and hey presto! Now that shows just how highly defined and deeply etched these rubber stamps are.
So now I'd love you to hop on over to the challenge blog to see what the other DT members have created before joining in the fun for the chance to win one of those amazing prizes.
Before I go there's lots more exciting news to share with you; this Saturday 16th August I'll be demoing for IndigoBlu all day at Strikes, Byrkley Park Garden Centre (near Burton on Trent, Staffordshire) so if you're in the area please pop along and say hello. And the reason for my absence? I've been working incredibly hard behind the scenes to come up with a brand new one day workshop!!! All the details and photos of the project in question will be revealed on Friday over at the IndigoBlu blog so I hope you can join me for that.
For now, take care of yourselves,