Tuesday, August 9, 2022

A Birthday Card

It's Tuesday which is my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps! This week my teammates and I are showcasing Lavinia Stamps' fantastic products. I decided to create a slimline birthday card with the Bayleaf Cottage Clear Polymer StampFir Tree Clear Polymer Stamp, foliage from the Floral Wreath Clear Polymer Stamp Set, and a sentiment from the Heartfelt Verses Clear Polymer Stamp Set. I also used the Divine Stencil and one of the masks from the Acetate Hills Masks set. 

Here it is!


Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Bristol Paper by Strathmore®
Desert Storm Smooth Cardstock from the Environment® Papers Collection by Neenah Papers
Grey Tint, Light Grey, Grey, Green Grey, Green shadow, Oatmeal, Tea Rose, and Blush Zig® Clean Color Markers by Kuretake
Misty Morning, Forget-Me-Not, Peach Glow, Rosewood, Greystone, and Fern Zig® PhotoTwin Markers by Kuretake
Fancy Tags Die Set by Spellbinders®
Repositionable Labels by Avery®
Post-It® Notes by 3M
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platform

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of Desert Storm cardstock to 8" x 9". Score at 4" and fold to form a 4" x 9" card. Set aside.
  2. Cut a panel of Bristol paper to 4" x 9".
  3. Use a stamping platform and Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink to stamp the Bayleaf Cottage onto repositionable label paper and onto the panel of Bristol paper. 
  4. Fussy-cut the label paper version and place it atop its counterpart as a mask. 
  5. Use magnets to secure the image panel to the STAY-tion.
  6. Brush Violet ChalkDella Blue, and Blue Lagoon Elements Inks over the masked image panel.
  7. Brush Blue Lagoon Elements Ink over the Divine Stencil.*
  8. Place the least curvy hill mask under the stones of the Bayleaf Cottage and brush Graphite Elements Ink over the stencil towards the base of the image panel.
  9. Use Rainforest VersaFine Clair Ink to stamp the Fir Tree around the masked image, using first and second generation stamping. 
  10. Lift the mask was lifted and retain for another use. 
  11. Use Zig Clear Color and PhotoTwin Watercolor Markers to color the Bayleaf Cottage.**
  12. Randomly stamp the foliage from the Floral Wreath Clear Polymer Stamp Set with Green Oasis and Verdant VersaFine Clair Ink along the bottom of the image panel.
  13. Trim the image panel to 3.75" x 8.75".
  14. Use Blue Lagoon Elements Ink to edge the panel.
  15. Use Purple Delight VersaFine Clair Ink to stamp "Happy Birthday" from the Heartfelt Verses Clear Polymer Stamp Set onto a left-over piece of Desert Storm cardstock. 
  16. Heat set the ink.
  17. Use one of the dies from the Fancy Tags Die set to cut the sentiment.
  18. Use Blue Lagoon to edge the sentiment die-cut. 
  19. Adhere the sentiment to the image panel as shown.
  20. Adhere the image panel to the reserved  4" x 9" card, which will fit in a #10 envelope. 
Notes:
  • I tried to randomly brush the ink over the stencil. I guess I'm too Virgo, because it's still very uniform. Alas!
  • My first version used watercolor pencils. It was coming out okay, but then I tried to fix a mistake and ruined it. What a bummer.
Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, August 4, 2022

"I Quit Drinking" -- a Miss Dee Card

I know that Tuesday is my normal day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps, but I was running late due to a doctor's appointment. Luckily, Cornelia, one of my lovely teammates switched with me. My doctor appointment made me want to drink heavily. 



Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Green Cardstock by Bazzill Basics
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Old Paper and Milled Lavender Distress® Inks by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Ink
New Canvas Palette™ Hybrid Ink by Stewart Superior
Copic® Markers:
Couch: RV91, RV93, RV95
Pillows: E41, E42, E43
Grape Leaves: G46
Grapes: BV13, BV17, R56
Floor: E21, E23, W0
Skin: BV000, E50, E21, E11, E00, E000, R20
Hair: E37, E44, E49
Eyes: G20, G40
Wine Glass: BV13, BV17, R56
Bottle: G43, G46
Jeans: B93, B95, B97
Shirt: VB00, BV01, BV02
Shoes/Belt: N5, N7
Black Multiliner by Copic®
Gold Brush and Gold Pin Type UniPosca Pens by Mitsubishi Pencil Company
White Gelly Roll® Gel Pen by Sakura® of America
Post-It® Notes by 3M
Repositionable Scotch Tape® by 3m
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platform

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of green cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5", score at 4.25", and fold to form an A2 card. Set aside.
  2. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the sofa and throw pillows from the Have A Seat Clear Stamp Set 461 and Miss Dee from the Boozer Dee Clear Stamp Set 702 onto Neenah cardstock.
  3. Fussy-cut all the elements.
  4. Color Miss Dee with Copic markers, then edge it with a black multi-liner pen. 
  5. Accent Miss Dee's  earrings, stilettos, and jean studs with the Gelly Roll Bold Line Stardust® Clear Glittering Ink by Sakura®
  6. Brush the couch from the Have A Seat Clear Stamp Set 461 Milled Lavendar Distress ink, then shade it with Copic markers.
  7. Put Dionysus from the Dionysus Clear Stamp Set 723 on a stamping block.
  8. Use Post-It Notes to cover his hand. 
  9. Ink the grapes part of the stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, remove the Post-It Note, and stamp one of the throw pillows from the Have A Seat Clear Stamp Set 461
  10. Repeat Steps #8 and #9 to stamp the second pillow.
  11. Brush both pillows with Old Paper Distress ink.
  12. Add shading to the pillows with Copic markers.
  13. Color the grapes with Copic markers.
  14. Use magnets to secure a 4.5" x 5.5" panel of white cardstock to the base of a stamping platform.
  15. Measure the width of the grapevine border stamp and write it down. 
  16. Position the grapevine border stamp from the Dionysus Clear Stamp Set 723 by Janet Klein facedown on the background panel so that it's flush with the base of the stamping platform and ~ 4.5" from the left edge. 
  17. Press the lid of the platform onto the back of the stamp, lift the lid, ink the stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and stamp.
  18. Keeping the stamp in the same position, move the background panel X" to the right keeping the panel flush with the base of the platform. X = measurement from Step #15.
  19. Ink the stamp and stamp again.
  20. Repeat Steps #18 and #19 until the top border is complete.
  21. Color the grapes and grape leaves with Copic markers.
  22. Use magnets to secure the background panel to the STAY-tion.
  23. Cover the grapevine border with a piece of plastic.
  24. Cover the bottom part of the image panel with tape or a piece of plastic.
  25. Sponge or brush Sundance Elements Inks by Lavinia Stamps between the two masked areas. 
  26. Realize that the yellow is too bright. 
  27. Brush New Canvas Palette ink (white) over the yellow to knock it back.
  28. Use a pouncy tool to pounce Old Paper Distress ink overtop to knock it back a little more. 
  29. Heat set the panel.
  30. Use the Gold Pin Type Posca pen to add a line between the grapevine border and the yellow "wall".  
  31. Use the Gold Brush Posca pen  to add splatters to the grapevine border area
  32. Use Copic markers to create a wooden floor at the bottom of the background panel.
  33. Use the Gold Brush Posca pen to edge the background panel.
  34. Heat set.
  35. Use magnets to secure the background panel to the base of the stamping platform.
  36. Position a sentiment from the  Boozer Dee Clear Stamp Set facedown as desired on the background panel.
  37. Press the lid of the platform onto the back of the stamp, lift the lid, ink the stamp with Onyx Black VersaFine Ink. Heat set.
  38. Adhere the throw pillows to the sofa.
  39. Adhere the sofa to the background panel.
  40. Adhere Miss Dee as shown. 
  41. Adhere the background panel to the reserved green card.
Notes:
  • The card photographed a bit oddly. The image panel is NOT curved at the top as it appears above. 
  • In looking at the card, I should have made the card into a 5" x 7" card. That would have given more space to the grapevine border and made it look more like a wallpaper border as I had intended. Alas.
  • If I had made it into a 5" x 7" card, I could have used a speech bubble for the sentiment which would have been a bit more humorous. Alas, alack!
  • Also, if I had made it into a 5" x 7" card, I could have added more floor area so the sofa wouldn't appear to be floating. Alas! Alack! Alas!
Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Sending Smiles from the Shark

It's not Tuesday which is my regular day to share projects created for Topflight Stamps, but since it's "Shark Week" on various American television stations AND it's still way too hot outside for me, I decided to share a cool underwater scene starring one of two sharks included in Craft Emotions' Carla Creaties Ocean 7 Clear Polymer Stamp Set and the gorgeous waves from their Carla Creaties Ocean 11 Polymer Stamp Set. The sentiment is from the Everyday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set 666 by Janet Klein for AALL and Create.

Here's the card:


Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Avalanche Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
VersaMark™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers:
Shark: N0, N1, N2, N3, N4, RV000, RV42, RV9, E04, R56, R59, R89, BH000, B60, BG90, Y21, Y32
Ocean: B23, B24, B26, B39, BG32, BG34
Sky: <B21, B60
White Detail Embossing Powder by Stampendous!®
Stamping Platform
Anti-Static Powder

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of white Avalanche cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5". Score at 4.25" and fold to form an A2 card. Set aside.
  2. Using a stamping platform and Tuxedo Black Memento ink, stamp the smiley shark onto white cardstock.
  3. Fussy-cut the shark.
  4. Color the shark with Copic markers.
  5. Use a dark marker to edge him.
  6. Dust the shark with anti-static powder. He might giggle as he's ticklish, which you wouldn't expect.
  7. Use magnets to secure the shark to the base of the stamping platform. 
  8. Position the smiling sentiment from the  Everyday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set 666 by Janet Klein  facedown on shark's mouth. 
  9. Press the lid of the stamping platform onto back of the stamp and lift. 
  10. Ink the sentiment with VersaMark ink. 
  11. Remove the shark from the stamping platform and sprinkle white fine detail embossing powder onto the sentiment.
  12. Heat set.
  13. Set the shark aside. He needs to cool off after being exposed to a heat gun. He IS cold-blooded after all.
  14. Cut a piece of Neenah cardstock to create the image panel and use magnets to secure it to the base of a stamping platform.
  15. Position the straight ocean stamp from the the Ocean 11 Polymer Stamp Set facedown on the image panel at the base of the platform.
  16. Press the lid of the stamp platform onto the back of the stamp and lift.
  17. Ink the stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and stamp. Repeat re-inking and stamping if necessary for a good impression.
  18. Remove the stamp and clean it thoroughly and dry it well.
  19. Reposition the stamp facedown slightly above the ocean already stamped on the image panel.
  20. Press the lid of the stamp platform onto the back of the stamp and lift.
  21. Ink the stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and stamp. Repeat re-inking and stamping if necessary for a good impression.
  22.  Remove the stamp.
  23. Position the wave stamp from the Ocean 11 Polymer Stamp Set facedown above the stamped ocean.
  24. Press the lid of the stamp platform onto the back of the stamp and lift.
  25. Ink the stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and stamp. Repeat re-inking and stamping if necessary for a good impression.
  26. Color the ocean and the sky with Copic markers.
  27. Use a B21 marker to edge the image panel as white edges are unsightly!
  28. Trim the ocean image panel to 5.25" x 4" and adhere it to the reserved card.
  29. Adhere the shark to finish the card.
Thank you for visiting today!

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Mythical Mermaid

It's Tuesday which is my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps! This week my teammates and I are showcasing Visible Image's fantastic products. Since it's still hot, I decided to make a cool ocean scene with Visible Image's Mythical Mermaid Clear Polymer Stamp SetDare to Swim Clear Polymer Stamp Set, and the Mr. Bone Jangles Clear Polymer Stamp Set.

Here's the card!


Topflight Stamps Products Used:
Gelly Roll Bold Line Stardust® Clear Glittering Ink by Sakura®

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Avalanche White Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Tuxedo Black and Desert Sand Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, and Cracked Pistachio Distress® Ink by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Ink
Copic® Markers:
Mermaid's Skin: B0000, BV000, De50, De21, E11, E00, E000, R20
Hair: E07, E17, E19, E29, YR27
Scepter: Y11, Y13, Y21,Y23, Y26, Y28
Top: RV52, RV63, RV91, RV93
Tail: RV52, RV63, BV11, BV13, BV25, BV29
Dolphins: C4, C6, C7
Shells: BV000, BV00, BV01, B11, BV13, YR61, YR5, YR68, YR82, RV42, RV91, RV93, RV95
Skulls: W00, W0, W1, W2, W4
Crab: BG72, BG90, BG93, BG96,YR27
Jellyfish: RV52, RV55, BV11, BV133, BV17 
Sand: E41, E42, E43, E44 
Black Brush Multiliner Pen by Copic®
White Gelly Roll® Gel Pen by Sakura® of America
Clear Glaze® 3D Glossy Gel Pen by Sakura® of America
Repositionable Labels by Avery®
Post-It® Notes by 3M
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platform

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of Avalanche cardstock to 10" x 7". Score at 5" and fold to form a 5" x 7" card. Set aside.
  2. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 4.75" x 6.75".
  3. Use magnets to secure the cardstock to the base of a stamping platform.
  4. Place one of the dolphins and the mermaid facedown towards the top of the image panel.
  5. Press the platform's lid onto the back of the stamps, lift the lid, and ink the stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Stamp.
  6. Place a piece of Repositionable Label Paper of the image panel. Ink and stamp again.
  7. Remove the stamps from the platform and clean thoroughly.
  8. Reposition the dolphin stamp facedown on the image panel to the right of the mermaid's trident.
  9. Press the platform's lid onto the back of the stamps, lift the lid, and ink the stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Stamp.
  10. Place a piece of Repositionable Label Paper of the image panel. Ink and stamp again.
  11. Fussy-cut the label paper versions of both dolphins and the mermaid. 
  12. Place the masks over their counterparts on the image panel.
  13. Position the other dolphin from the Mythical Mermaid Clear Polymer Stamp Set facedown to the left of the mermaid on the image panel.
  14. Press the platform's lid onto the back of the stamp, lift the lid, and ink the stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Stamp.
  15. Place a piece of Repositionable Label Paper of the image panel. Ink and stamp again.
  16. Fussy-cut the label paper version of the second dolphin and adhere over its counterpart on the image panel.
  17. Position the shells from the Mythical Mermaid Clear Polymer Stamp Set facedown along the bottom of the image panel.
  18. Press the platform's lid onto the back of the stamps, lift the lid, and ink the stamps with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Stamp.
  19. Place a piece of Repositionable Label Paper of the image panel. Ink and stamp again.
  20. Fussy-cut the label paper versions of the scallop shell and the crab and place over their counterparts.
  21. Position both small skulls from the Mr. Bone Jangles Clear Polymer Stamp Set facedown on the image panel, noting that you will be covering the masked scallop shell and part of the crab.
  22. Press the platform's lid onto the back of the stamps, lift the lid, and ink the stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Stamp.
  23. Position the Jellyfish from the Dare to Swim Clear Polymer Stamp Set facedown to the right of the mermaid. 
  24. Press the platform's lid onto the back of the stamp, lift the lid, and ink the stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Stamp.
  25. Place a piece of Repositionable Label Paper of the image panel. Ink and stamp again.
  26. Fussy-cut only the dome of the label paper jelly-fish and place it over its counterpart.
  27. Use magnets to secure the image panel to the STAY-tion.
  28. Place a clear piece of plastic horizontally across the image panel, slightly above the mermaid's shoulders.
  29. Brush Della Blue Elements Inks over the the mermaid's head, trident, and the dolphins to create the sky.
  30. Move the plastic to cover the sky. 
  31. Tear a piece of scrap cardstock into a hilly shape and place itover the base of the image panel. 
  32. Brush Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, and Cracked Pistachio Distress® Ink horizontally across the masked images to create the sea.
  33. Place the negative part of the torn hilly shape over the sea and brush Desert Sand Memento ink -over torn paper to create a sandy sea bottom.
  34. Remove all the masks and color the images with Copic markers, taking care to use colors that are dark enough cover the Distress ink on the jelly-fish's tentacles. 
  35. Use Copic markers to add shading and dimension to the sandy sea floor.
  36. When happy with the coloring. cover the sky portion of the image panel.
  37. Brush Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, and Cracked Pistachio Distress® Ink across the sea and sea bottom parts of the image panel and the images to add the tint of the sea over the colored images.
  38. Apply White Gelly Roll Gel pen in dots, wiggly lines, and straight lines on the sea area of the panel to simulate waves and/or sea foam.
  39. Apply Gelly Roll Bold Line Stardust Clear Glittering Ink Pen by Sakura to the dots around the tentacles and the water bubbles.  
  40. Apply Clear Glaze 3D Glossy Gel pen to the bubbles and the flying dolphins' skin to simulate water. 
  41. Let dry, then apply another coat. Repeat until you're happy with the dimension and glossy.
  42. Randomly stamp the small fern from the Woodland Fern Clear Polymer Stamp Set with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair Ink around the objects on the sea floor.
  43. Edge the image panel with a black marker.
  44. Adhere the image panel to the reserved card.
Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

You Go Gull!

It's Tuesday which is my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps! We're in the middle of a heat wave, so I decided to create a slimline card featuring a cool beach scene with the You Go Gull Clear Stamp Set and the Wave to Me Stencil by Heffy Doodle. This stencil is no longer available, but the Land and Sea Stencil by Polkadoodles would be a good substitute.

Here's the card!


Topflight Stamps Products Used:
Wave to Me Stencil by Heffy Doodle (no longer available, but ... )
Black Blending Brushes by Time for Tea Designs
Onyx Black VersaFine™ Ink by Tsukineko®

Other Products Used:
Bristol Cardstock by Strathmore®
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Avalanche White Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Tuxedo Black and Desert Sand Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers: C00, C0, C2, C4, C6, N4, 6, R24, R37, R39, Y15, Y19, Y35, Y38, E21, E23, E25, E37, W00, BG18, BG57, B14, B26
Black Brush Multiliner Pen by Copic
White Gelly Roll® Gel Pen by Sakura® of America
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platform

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 8" x 8.75". Score at 4" and fold to form a 4" x 8.75" card. Set aside.
  2. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp all five seagulls, the buoy, the fishing buoy, and three wooden piers from the You Go Gull Clear Stamp Set onto white cardstock. 
  3. Fussy-cut all of the stamped elements, color them with Copic markers, and edge them with a black pen. Set them aside.
  4. Cut a piece of Bristol or other heavy-weight water-philic paper to 3.5" x 8.5". 
  5. Use magnets to secure the Bristol paper to the STAY-tion.
  6. Use a piece of paper or plastic to mask off the top area for the sky. 
  7. Use torn paper to mask off the bottom area for the beach. 
  8. Use the largest of the Black Blending Brushes by Time for Tea Designs to brush Mermaid Elements Ink by Lavinia Stamps between the two masked areas to create the sea. 
  9. Place the Wave to Me or other Wave Stencil over the newly inked areas and brush Blue Lagoon Blue Lagoon over the stencil onto the sea area of the background image panel.
  10. Move the plastic or paper covering the top portion of the image panel to cover the sea. 
  11. Brush Della Blue Elements Ink over the panel to create a blue sky.
  12. Remove the torn paper mask below the ocean and Desert Sand Memento ink over the top part of the torn paper. •
  13. Move the torn edge down then brush the Desert Sand ink upwards over the edge. 
  14. Continue until the sandy beach is completed to your liking. 
  15. Use a Copic marker to add detail and shade to the beach sand.
  16. Adhere the three piers, the navigational buoy, the fishing buoy, and all the seagulls as shown. 
  17. Use Copic makers to add shadow below all the fussy-cut elements.
  18. Apply white gel pen squiggles and lines to the sea area, then smudge the white ink with your finger.*
  19.  Go back and add more white gel pen accents, but don't smudge them.
  20. Use magnets to secure the card front to the base of a stamping platform. 
  21. Place the sentiment facedown where desired.
  22. Press the platform's lid onto the back of the sentiment stamp and lift.
  23. Ink the stamp with Onyx Black VersaFine Ink by Tsukineko and stamp. Repeat inking and stamping if necessary for a good impression.
  24. Use a black or dark grey marker to edge the background panel.
  25. Adhere the image panel to the reserved white card.
Notes:
  • Use Desert Sand Memento ink or Distress ink to ink the beach area of the card. That way you can add detail with Copic markers.
  • Alternately, you can use other ink and add detail with pencils, chalk pencils, or India Ink pens.
  • I discovered that the Elements inks move a bit when smudging the white ink, so you'll end up with chalky blue fingers.
Thanks for visiting today! Stay cool! 

Sunday, July 17, 2022

The Greatest Steampunk Adventure

Greetings! Today I'm sharing an encouragement card created for Topflight Stamps with Lady Vagabond stamps and a stencil from Stamperia, plus a sentiment from Destination Unknown Clear Polymer Stamp Set by Visible Image. As you might know, I love cats and I love Steampunk and since the Lady Vagabond collection features both, I decided to combine them to create a scene in the engine room of a Steampunk airship with the ship's two resident mousers. 

Here's the card:


Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Paper
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko
Blue and black cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Copic® Markers:
Wood Floor: E51, E55, E71, E74, W1
Walls: E21, E23, BG72, BG75
Ship's Wheel: E42, E44, E49
Brass: Y11, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28
Metals: T0, T1, T2, T3, T5; BG90, BG93
Rust: E08, YR14, YR23, YR27
White Cat: B60, BV0000, C00, C0, c1, C2, R81, YG03, Y11
Grey Cat*: C1, C2, C3, C4; YG01, YG03, Y11
.05 and .1 Black Multiliner Pens by Copic®
Clouds Stencil by My Favorite Things®
Post-It Notes® by 3M
Repositionable Scotch Tape® by 3M
Repositionable Label Paper by Avery®
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platform

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of blue cardstock to 10" x 7". Score at 5" and fold to form a 5" x 7" card. Set aside.
  2. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 5" x 7" then use magnets to secure to the base of a stamping platform.
  3. Position both cat stamps facedown about 1" from the bottom of the cardstock.
  4. Press the lid onto the back of the stamps, lift the lid.
  5. Ink the stamps with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and stamp both of the gorgeous cats from the Lady Vagabond Lifestyle Foam Stamp Set onto a piece of white cardstock and onto repositionable label paper.
  6. Fussy-cut the label paper cats and place them over their counterparts.
  7. Remove the stamps from the stamping platform.
  8. Position the engine room from the Lady Vagabond Lifestyle Engines Foam Stamp Set facedown onto the image panel and the masked cats.
  9. Press the lid onto the back of the stamp and lift the lid.
  10. Ink the stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and stamp onto the image panel.
  11. Use a black multi-liner pen, to extend the lines of the wood floor to the bottom of the image panel.
  12. Stamp the engine room from the Lady Vagabond Lifestyle Engines Foam Stamp Set  a second time onto repositionable label paper. 
  13. Fussy-cut the top part of the image and placed over the airship and the masked cats.
  14. Remove the image panel and the stamps from the platform.
  15. Use magnets to secure the image panel to the STAY-tion.
  16. Place the cloud stencil near the top of the image panel and brush Della Blue Elements Ink over it.
  17. Move stencil downwards, rotate it, then brush Della Blue Elements Ink over it onto the image panel.
  18. Repeat Step #17 until you're happy with your cloudy sky.
  19. Line up the stencil with the already stenciled clouds and brush Confetti Elements Ink to add a pinkish tinge to the clouds.
  20. Line up the stencil again and brush Sundance Elements Ink to one area of the sky to add a touch of sunshine.
  21. Place the Lady Vagabond Lifestyle Compass Thick Stencil over the cloudy sky and secure it with magnets.
  22. Use Post-It Notesto cover up the verbiage included on the stencil. 
  23. Brush Della Blue Elements Ink over the stencil onto the image panel.
  24. Lift and retain the masks.
  25. Use black multi-liner pens to touch up the images if necessary.
  26. Color the images with Copic markers.*
  27. Use magnets to secure the image panel to the base of a stamping platform.
  28. Position the sentiment from the Destination Unknown Clear Polymer Stamp Set facedown onto the stenciled compass.
  29. Press the lid of the platform onto the back of the stamp and lift.
  30. Ink the stamp with Onyx Black VersaFine™ Ink and stamp the sentiment onto the image panel.
  31. Trim the image panel to 4 5/8" x 6 5/8"
  32. Cut a piece of black cardstock to 4.75" x 6.75" and use to mat the image panel.
  33. Adhere the matted image panel to the reserved blue card.
Notes:
  • The cats in the Lady Vagabond Lifestyle Foam Stamp Set remind me of Domino, my white long-haired cat. So I set out to color them to resemble him. However, first I colored the entire air-ship, leaving the cats for last.
  • As I was finishing the eye of the second cat, the YG03 marker puked a blog onto his left eye. I tried to use the colorless blender and only succeeded in making it worse. So, I made that cat into a grey cat. Alas.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Meow-y Christmas

It's Tuesday which is my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps! This week my teammates and I are celebrating Christmas in July. I've made a Christmas card featuring the Cats on a Wall Unmounted Red Rubber Stamp Set by Katzelkraft on a background created with the Winter's Snowflakes Clear Polymer Stamp Set by Hobby Art Ltd. and Arctic Mist and Periwinkle Prism Inks by Hunkydory Crafts. The speech bubble sentiment combines Heffy Doodle's Classic Sentiments Clear Stamp Set and the Purrfect Day Clear Stamp Set with the Music Notes Small Clear Polymer Stamps by Lavinia Stamps.

Here's the card!


Topflight Stamps Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Avalanche White Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Obsidian Amalgam Ink by Gina K™ Designs
Copic® Markers: 
Bricks: E04, RV43, RV95, W3
Roof: N6
Cats: T0, T1, T2, T3, T5; C00, C0, C1, C2; C1, C3, C4, C5, C7
VersaMark™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls™ Pigment Powder by Ranger Ink
White Posca Acrylic Paint Pen by Mitsubishi Pencil Company
Speech Bubble Die: Source unknown (oops!)
Black .1 Multi-Liner Pen by Copic®
Clear Stardust® Glitter Gel Marker by Sakura® of America
Post-It® Notes by 3M
Repositionable Label Paper by Avery®
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platform

Preface:
I decided that the Cats on a Wall would be singing cats on a chimney during a snowstorm for my card. 

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of Avalanche cardstock to 10" x 7". Score at 5" and fold to form a 5" x 7" card. Set aside
  2. Use Obsidian Amalgam ink to stamp the cats on the wallonto white cardstock and onto repositionable label paper. 
  3. Fussy-cut the label paper version and place it atop its counterpart as a mask. 
  4. Use magnets to secure the image panel to the STAY-tion. 
  5. Place the STAY-tion ruler horizontally below the stamped image.
  6. Brush the background with Arctic Mist and Periwinkle Prism Inks.
  7. Remove the mask and retain.
  8. Color the cats, chimney, and roof with Copic markers.* 
  9. Use a White Posca paint pen to add snow to the cats, the chimney, and the roof,
  10. Use VersaMark ink to randomly stamp the smaller snowflakes from the Winter's Snowflakes Clear Polymer Stamp Set
  11. Brush Pearl Perfect Pearls onto the stamped snowflakes to add white shimmer to them.
  12. Vigorously brush the excess Perfect Pearl powder off of the image panel.
  13. Discover that the Perfect Pearls actually added shimmer to the entire panel, which was a happy accident, especially if you're a magpie like me and like shimmery things.*
  14. Dab the white Posca Paint Pen onto a non-porous surface.
  15. Use a fan brush to splatter the white paint over the image panel. 
  16. Realize that you suck at using the fan brush to splatter.
  17. Go to "Plan B" and dip an unused toothbrush into the white Posca Paint Puddles. 
  18. Run your thumb across the toothbrush to finely spray white paint onto the image panel. 
  19. Realize that the toothbrush method worked much better.
  20. Judiciously add Clear Stardust Gel pen to the snow to make it sparklier.
  21. Use the speech bubble die to cut a scrap of white cardstock. 
  22. Use repositionable Scotch Tape on the reverse to tape the die-cut in place.
  23. Use magnets to secure the die-cut panel to the base of the stamping platform.
  24. Position the "Have a" from the  Purrfect Day Clear Stamp Set face-down on the die-cut. 
  25. Press the lid of the platform onto the back of the stamp and lift the lid.
  26. Use a Post-It Note to cover "Purrfect Day" on the sentiment.
  27. Use Onyx Black VersaFine ink to ink the stamp.
  28. Remove the Post-It Note and stamp.
  29. Remove the stamp from the platform's lid and clean.
  30. Position the "Meow-y" from the Purrfect Day Clear Stamp Set face-down on the die-cut. 
  31. Press the lid of the platform onto the back of the stamp and lift the lid.
  32. Use a Post-It Note to cover the other words on the sentiment.
  33. Use Onyx Black VersaFine ink to ink the stamp.
  34. Remove the Post-It Note and stamp.
  35. Remove the stamp from the platform and clean.
  36. Position the "Merry Christmas" sentiment from the Classic Sentiments Clear Stamp Set face-down on the die-cut.
  37. Press the lid of the platform onto the back of the stamp and lift the lid.
  38. Use a Post-It Note to cover "Merry".
  39. Use Onyx Black VersaFine ink to ink the stamp.
  40. Remove the Post-It Note and stamp.
  41. Remove the stamp from the platform and clean.
  42. Heat set the stamped die-cut.
  43. Position the notes from the Music Notes Small Clear Polymer Stamps face-down on the sentiment.
  44. Press the platform's lid onto the stamp and lift.
  45. Use Arctic Mist and Periwinkle Prism Inks to ink and stamp the notes onto the sentiment die-cut.
  46. Repeat inking and stamping as necessary to ensure good impressions.
  47. Remove the stamps from the platform and clean.
  48. Remove the scrap from the platform.
  49. Remove the tape from the back of the sentiment die-cut.
  50. Use Use Arctic Mist and Periwinkle Prism Inks to edge the die-cut.
  51. Use a black Multi-liner to add the hyphen between "Meow" and "y".
  52. Adhere the sentiment speech bubble to cover the worst of Splatter-mageddon.
  53. Adhere the image panel to the reserved white card.
Notes:
  • Be sure that the coloring is complete before you add the Perfect Pearls Powder. The powder will fubar your markers.
  • Retrospectively, I probably should have used VersaMark and White Sparkly Detail Embossing Powder for the snowflakes, which would have allowed for touch-up of the Copic coloring and would have stood out better. Alas.
  • IRL the sparkle from the Perfect Pearl Snowflakes is visible on the entire piece, not just at the top of the card. 
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