Monday, 18 November 2019

Christmas Gleaming Bundle Meets Crushed Curry!



Can you believe it?  We are mid November and already at the point of the season where products from the latest Stampin Up!® Autumn/Winter Catalogue are beginning to go into "while stocks last" status.

NOOOOOOOOO!!!!

...I hear you cry.  It is so sad when products are no longer available, but there is still plenty of scope to have fun with everything else in the catalogue.  After all, we are at our most creative when our choices are limited - right?

One of this year's best sellers has been the Brightly Gleaming Suite, with its beautiful paper.  Sadly the Designer Series Paper is no longer in stock - Well done if you managed to bag yourself some - that stuff just flew off the shelves!  But all is not lost because you can still get the wonderful Stamp Set + Punch Bundle (with 10% off the individual item prices) and it is perfect for getting that beautiful bauble bling into your cards.

With this card I wanted to try a different colour combo - here it is


and weirdly my inspiration was... a pair of socks!


I love these socks!  It's not just them though, I love all the mustard yellows in my wardrobe at the moment, it has to be my favourite colour right now.  I loved the colours in the pattern here and just wanted to recreate it in a card, so this is what I did.


You will need:
  • Card base - Crushed Curry - 14.9cm x 21cm, scored at 10.5cm
  • Matt - Crushed Curry - 14.4cm x 10cm
  • Scrap of Whisper White cardstock
  • Solid Bakers Twine

I stamped the holly image in Pretty Peacock ink then added flourish in Night of Navy with the little spray stamp from this set - a cute little detail.  On the Whisper White scraps I stamp each of the baubles in Pretty Peacock, Pumpkin Pie and Merry Merlot, and then the sentiment in Night of Navy.

With the blender pens I lifted some colour from the ink pads themselves to shade the internal colour of the smaller baubles, making sure that the shade was lighter than the outline details.  I did the sane to colour the holly leaves and berries.  I think now that blender pens can be forgotten these days as a useful colouring tool.  They are great for adding tiny bits of colouring detail without having to use a different colour source like blender pens, watercolour pencils etc.  Just use the same ink pads that you stamped with.



Lastly I punched out each of the baubles using the coordinating punches, which come as a pair!  I made a small hole in the top of each to tie some baker's twine to, and 'hang' them from the top of the matt (they are secured behind with some Tear & Tape).  The baubles are then stuck down with Stampin' Dimensionals to give them some pop off the card.  Finally I used Dimensionals to raise the sentiment too.

I am a great lover of Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper and I will always have some in my basket right at the start of a catalogue to enjoy throughout that season, but I know that it is the Stamp Sets and their accompanying Dies and Punches that give me the most creative fun and longevity for my purchase.

This card was super simple to construct and celebrates this Stamp Set.  I am over the moon with my unconventional colour inspiration too.  Where will you find your next colour swatch?

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Blender Pens
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