Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Painted effect and a sneak peek

I had fun making this card as I’ve been rediscovering some “messy” techniques lately. But before I go into detail, here are a couple of announcements:

Christmas in June
I’ve had a cancellation for my Christmas in June event so have ONE PLACE available. Please click here to register. Registration will automatically close when the workshop is full so please don’t delay. 

Bargains, bargains!
Weekly Deals have been extended… indefinitely! This is exciting news for those of you who like a bargain, ie everyone! Savvy shoppers will have worked out that there are currently three opportunities for grabbing a bargain:
  1. Weekly Deals
  2. Clearance Rack
  3. Retiring product list, where selected items are reduced

Of course, the extra savvy will realise that the best deal of all is to sign up as a demonstrator. I get all of my craft supplies out of my commissions and have loads of fun along the way! You can currently sign up for just £50 and now is the ideal time to launch your business with the retiring product list and the new catalogue coming soon. Still undecided? Come along to our team meeting on June 28 to  find out more. Send me an email for more details.  Don’t need any more convincing? In that case, just click here to join my friendly team. 

Now today’s project and a (very tiny) sneak peek… 

The card is a CASE of a project made by Stampin’ Up!® CEO Shelli Gardner, although the bit that inspired me was just the envelope! Can’t imagine going to all this trouble for an envelope but I can imagine that the recipient would be delighted if you did. 

I began by inking the images as normal, then spritzing them with a fine mist of water before stamping. This gave it a watery, painted effect.

I “dirtied” it all up with a secret formula spray I found in my stash. Not that secret actually – I was experimenting a while ago and I believe it is a Vanilla Smooch Spritz spray mixed with a little Early Espresso reinker. It went everywhere, as you can see!

Happily, it turned out just as I wanted and it’s currently winging its way to a friend’s house for her birthday.

This project is a mix of retiring and incoming products. The Happy Day stamp set is on its merry way soon… I shall be sad to see that one go. Funnily enough it was a stamp set I didn’t particularly crave, but was given it free by Stampin’ Up!® (one of many demonstrator perks!) and grew to love it almost immediately. I love the clean font and simple messages. 

So what’s the new product? Have you guessed yet? Yes, it’s Lost Lagoon cardstock and ink. No, my pre-order hasn’t arrived just yet but we were given these products at the SU training session recently. LOVE this new colour!

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