Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Joy to the World! It's Christmas in July!

It's Tuesday, which means that it's my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. This week my TFS teammates and I are celebrating Christmas in July! You should pop by the TFS blog throughout the week to see what the this talented group of ladies have done with this challenge!

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I've made a shaker card using the Snowflake Background and the Merry Christmas Sentiment Strip stamps from Darkroom Door and the Origami Bear Stamp Set by Katzelkraft.

Here's the card.

Here's a close up so you can see the sparkly bits. The true color is above.

Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Sky, Lake Wanaka, and Elephant Fresco Finish Chalk Paints by PaperArtsy

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
140 Lb. Mixed Media Paper by Strathmore®
Avalanche Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Fresh Snow Pigment Ink by Paper Trey Inc.
Frost Dazzle VersaMark™ Ink by Tsukineko®
French Ultramarine Archival™ Ink by Ranger Industries
Copic® Markers: BV0000, B0000, B60, C0, C00, R39, G09, N6, N8
Frost Sheer Shimmer™ Stix by Imagine®
A variety of sequins from Doodles Paper Playground, Kat Scrappiness, and Gina Marie Designs (Yes, I go through and choose the sequins, stars, etc.  I want to use, and put them in a little cup.  I'm a Virgo.)
Rounded Rectangle Dies: No clue who made them, which is very bad of me.
Nameplate dies by Spellbinders®
Clear Acetate saved from packaging because I'm frugal like that.
Black Foam Tape by Craft Fancy

Instructions and such:
  1. I knew that I wanted to use sparkly embossing powder with the gorgeous Snowflake Background stamp and I knew that I wanted to finally succeed at creating a shaker card. I didn't succeed with that goal, but perfection is overrated, or so they say. Tell that to my inner Virgo. Anyway since I'd be embossing and creating a shaker, I wanted to use some heavier cardstock and I wanted the inside of the shaker to match the outside, so I grabbed a 9" x 12" sheet of Mixed Media cardstock, flipped it to horizontal orientation,  and swiped the three colors of Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, listed above, across the sheet, then heat set it to make sure that it was totally dry.
  2. The Snowflake Background was stamped twice with white ink onto the painted heavy paper, sparkly embossing powder was added, and heat set. 
  3. The backgrounds were cut twice with a rounded rectangle that matched the stamp size perfectly. Gotta love that. Don't gotta love that I have no clue who made the die. Oops.
  4. A smaller rounded rectangle was used to cut one of the two backgrounds to create the window for the shaker. I'm reserving the die-cut for a later use.
  5. Frost Sheer Shimmer was applied to the edges of the window and the panel.
  6. Both the bears from the Origami Bear Stamp Set were stamped with Memento ink, fussy-cut, and colored. Then I decided to just use one of them.
  7. I stenciled a background with French Ultramarine ink, then embossed the entire thing to create an ice floe for the bear. 
  8. The ice floe and the bear were adhered to the rounded rectangle die-cut. This piece was set aside while I created the shaker.
  9. The panel with the window was flipped over and clear acetate was adhered to cover the aperture. 
  10. Two layers of foam tape were applied to over the acetate and around the panel.
  11. A non-static bag thingy was tapped onto the interior of the tape and the acetate window so that the goodies wouldn't stick to the acetate. Hahahahahahaha.
  12. The strips covering the adhesive were removed and  image panel was placed image side down over the aperture.
  13. Alas, when I sealed the shaker with the bear background, I realized that the bear's ears and head weren't firmly adhered to the background and that a star sequin and Shaved Ice were under or stuck to his head. Note to self: Use glue!
  14.  I also discovered that I had overfilled the background with a mixture of sequins, sparkly stars, and Shaved Ice, so you can't see that he's chilling out while sitting on an ice floe. Bummer.  You'll have to take my word for it.
  15. The sentiment was stamped with white ink, heat set with sparkly embossing powder, and die-cut. 
  16. It was adhered to finish the card and two sequins and Festive Diamond Sparkle Gemstones were added to finish the card.
Thanks for visiting today!