Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year - let's start it with a challenge

A very Happy New Year to you!

(And sorry for shouting if you're feeling a little fragile this morning, lol.)

It's not only a new year but a new month and of course that means a fresh set of stamping challenges. One of our new challenges this month over at In Love With Stamping is:

to use wax - this could be a candle, waxed crayon or even embossing powder

I decided to use a waxed crayon for a technique that we saw demonstrated at convention with this exact same stamp set. We were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of all the Sale-a-bration sets and were given this particular one free, to take away with us!

Don't forget that you can also get your own set, also free, with any order of £45 or more from the latest Idea Book and Catalogue. Just email me to place your order.

Stamp Set: Sweet Summer
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Stazon Black
Punch: Eyelet Border
3mm Taffeta Ribbon: Whisper White
Non-SU: White wax crayon

The card blank is a 5" square of Wild Wasabi, matted with another square of Garden Green. I randomly stamped the leafy stems onto a square of Whisper White card with Black Stazon. The flower and butterfly were also stamped with the Black Stazon on scraps of Whisper White card. Using a white wax crayon, I then roughly traced the stems and coloured the leaves, flowers and butterfly with it. The large square was then brayered with Wild Wasabi ink. The ink is resisted wherever the wax crayon was applied. So Saffron Ink was brayered over the flowers and Perfect Plum over the butterfly, then all were cut out, leaving a small margin around each image. A narrow strip of Garden Green card was punched with the Eyelet Border and matted onto the lower portion of the main image. This was then wrapped with Whisper White narrow taffeta ribbon and adhered direct to the card front. A bow of matching taffeta ribbon was adhered with a glue dot. The cut out flowers and butterfly were popped up on dimensionals.

Have a great start to 2011!

Sara xx


Biscuitlid said...

I love it

Elizabeth said...

Very pretty card - I must try that technique again. Happy New Year Sara!