Welcome to our October Blog Hop! Thanks for joining us. Our theme for this month is how to adjust or adapt when we find that an item we want to order isn’t currently available. Unfortunately, the stamping world had been feeling the effects of the supply chain delays, just like many other businesses. But, that doesn’t mean that we can’t still create beautiful projects!
You may have landed here from Jo Anne Hewin’s page. Wasn’t her project great? I’ll admit that I struggled a little bit with coming up with a project for this month. And I’m not sure I stuck the landing on this one, but I had fun trying, lol!
For my project, I decided to use the current month’s Paper Pumpkin kit for inspiration. The kit this month had 2 beautiful Christmas card designs. Sometimes, after all the subscriptions have been mailed out, there’s still inventory left so we are able to purchase refill kits. There were refill kits this month, but they sold out almost immediately. So…I looked through my stamping stash to see if we had some current products that would help me replicate one of the card base designs.
Here’s a pic of one of the cards that you could make in this month’s kit.
I just love the background! And if it looks familiar, it’s because you can also find this pattern in the Peaceful Place Speciality Designer Series Paper. But, there are only 2 sheets of it. That makes it a little hard to make more than a couple of cards without having to purchase multiple packs of the DSP. So…I decided to try to recreate that pattern by using products that I already had on hand.
This is a picture of how my version turned out. I’ll admit that it did take a few steps to get to this. But, it really wasn’t bad and if I wanted to do multiples, I would just do it in an assembly line manner.
Here are the steps.
- Cut a piece of Basic Gray cardstock to 4″ x 5 1/4″
- Using the trees from the Evergreen Elegance stamp set and Basic Gray ink, stamp a few large trees and medium trees, doing some images in full strength ink and some stamped off once.
- Using the small snowflake stamp from the Angels of Peace stamp set and Versamark ink, stamp randomly around the trees, filling in the empty areas.
- Sprinkle those images with Silver Embossing powder and heat with the heat tool.
- Using Whisper White Craft ink and a sponge (I used a 1/4 wedge of our old round sponges because it gave the best effect), randomly stamp over the entire piece of card stock. You just want a light shading with the white ink so use a light touch with the sponge. Allow the ink to dry. It only take a few minutes.
- Using the Stampin’ Chalk Marker, highlight some of the branches on the trees that are stamped in full strength Basic Gray. Allow that to dry.
- Using the Shimmery Crystal Effects, slightly dab over the areas where you put the Chalk Marker. This take quite a bit more time to dry, so set it aside while you work on other parts of the card. I actually left it over night and came back to finish the card the next morning.
- NOTE: When I applied the Crystal Affects, it was clear. But, when it dried, I noticed in some spots where it looks like it changed color a little bit. It sort of has some copper tint to it. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve had the Crystal Affects for a little while or whether it was a reaction from the chalk marker and the crystal effects. I wanted to try doing another sample but use Wink of Stella for the last step, but I ran out of time 🙁
Here’s a picture of the finished card.
To finish off the card, I cut a 2″ circle of Shaded Spruce cardstock. I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment from the For Unto To Us stamp set using Shaded Spruce ink on Basic White cardstock. Then die cut that using a die from the Tasteful Labels Dies. I cut a 3 1/2″ piece of the Real Red Mini Ruffled Ribbon. And I dyed a piece of White Bakers Twine with Dark Real Red Stampin’ Blends to use for the small bow. The card base is an 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Basic Gray cardstock.
Here are the cards side by side.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how you can make a workaround when you can’t get certain supplies, or how to stretch those priceless pieces of 12 x 12 DSP!
Now please continue on with the hop! Amanda Howard is next and I know she’ll have a fantastic project to share.
Amy Kinler – https://wp.me/p76kn0-1S0
Toni Campana – https://wp.me/pcSlkZ-T5 >>> YOU ARE HERE!
Amanda Howard – https://wp.me/pd7dwf-6b
Tracie Evans Langley – https://wp.me/pbuEpC-nq