Hello everyone – welcome back to another edition of the Creation Station Blog Tour! I’m so glad to see you here; you may have arrived to my blog via the amazingly talented Dena Renkow, or our fearless leader Jen Arkfeld. Either way, you came from talent, and you’ll continue on that way after my blog!
All of our participating blogs are linked in a circle, so all you have to do to see them all is keep clicking in the same direction – either ‘next’ or ‘back’, and you won’t get lost.
This tour is all about using our Decorative Masks (page 157 in the Annual Catalogue), and creating a Sympathy project.
I’m waiting to receive my newest masks – I’ve ordered the Happy Patterns ones; so in the meantime I’m going to show you what I did using the Stars Mask from the Hearts & Stars set.
I didn’t attend convention last month, but I did hear about a technique shown on stage, where you use your Decorative Mask, some Dazzling Details, and a Sponge Dauber. Well, I was intrigued, and just had to try it for myself!
I started with a panel of Whisper White cardstock, and laid the Stars Decorative Mask on top of it. I got out my Gold Dazzling Details, and squirted some onto my Silicone Craft Sheet. Then I picked up some of the Gold onto a clean Sponge Dauber, and applied it to the Stars Mask; I continued doing this until all the stars under the White cardstock were covered.
As I hoped, the stars were very sparkly, and not opaque; leaving them very light-looking. While they dried, I washed off my Mask – remember, the Dazzling Details are basically glitter in a glue solution, so you don’t want to leave it on your Mask too long, or it will be very difficult to clean. As I did it right away, it cleaned up very easily; I even washed off my Dauber, so it’s ready for next use (though I will still reserve it for use with Gold Dazzling Details; I keep 1 Dauber for each colour ink/glitter I use).
Once the stars were dried, I pulled out my White Christmas stamp set (I’m thrilled that this set carried over to the new catalogue!), and stamped the trees/hill image in Soft Suede. I then added the reindeer in Crumb Cake ink, the snowman in Memento black ink, and the cardinals in Real Red ink. I coloured the snowman’s scarf & hat using Stampin’ Write Markers in Real Red and Pear Pizzazz; his carrot nose was coloured using the Tangelo Twist Marker.
The reindeer was coloured using Crumb Cake ink & a Blender Pen; I didn’t want him to be too dark. I then added some shading to the snow & sides of the trees using the Soft Sky marker.
I then attached this stamped panel of a panel of Soft Sky cardstock, and wrapped a piece of retired Real Red stitched ribbon around the left side, and added a strand of Gold Sequins to the knot. Then I layered these panels onto a card base of Real Red cardstock. I think this is a very festive & glittery winter card! I took the photo to show off the gold stars; it’s actually not quite that ‘brightly’ glittered in real life! 🙂
My next card is a sympathy card, but I wanted to do something a little different, in not using an actual ‘sympathy’ stamp set. I don’t own any of the most recent ones in the catalogue, but I do still have my favourite, Thoughts & Prayers, which has still available.
I decided to use one of the sentiments from the Thoughts & Prayers set, but used different sets for the card.
My card base is Pink Pirouette cardstock, then layered with a Tip Top Taupe cardstock panel.
The next panel is of Very Vanilla cardstock, which is stamped with the flower image from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, in Pink Pirouette ink. I then used the same ink and randomly stamped the ‘splotches’ image from the same stamp set.
For the smaller panels, on the centre one I stamped the sentiment from Thoughts & Prayers in Tip Top Taupe ink, then sponged the sides in both Pink Pirouette and Crumb Cake inks, using Sponge Daubers.
The other panels were stamped with the medium flower image from the Everything Eleanor stamp set. I stamped them in Versamark ink, covered them with Gold Embossing Powder, then heat set the powder. I then took a Blender Pen and Pink Pirouette ink and coloured the flowers; then used the Hello Honey Stampin’ Write Marker to colour the stamens. Each of these were edged with Crumb Cake ink using a Sponge Dauber.
I then layered each square onto a slightly larger square of Tip Top Taupe cardstock; the 2 flower images were glued down using Tombow Multipurpose glue; the sentiment was glued to the Tip Top Taupe cardstock, then popped up over the other 2 images using Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish off the card, I attached some loops of the new Gold Metallic Thread behind the sentiment.
Here’s a close up picture, so you can see the gorgeous gold embossing!
That’s it for my projects for this Tour; I hope you enjoyed seeing them, and got some new ideas for your own projects! I’d love to read your message, if you have time to leave one for me 🙂
My blog is the last on the tour, but if you’d like to start again, or came in part way, just click the ‘Next’ button to hop over to see Jen Arkfeld’s fabulous projects. Or you can travel backwards by clicking the ‘Back’ button, and have another look at Dena Renkow’s great designs. Whichever way you choose, you’re in for a treat for the eyes!
If you’re interested in the products I used for today’s projects, simply click on the image(s) below. Until next time – happy stamping!