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Remarkable Stamp of the Month Blog Tour: Affection Collection

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Hello Again!

Thanks for stopping by on our blog tour for this month…  As you probably know, the chosen stamp set is Affection Collection (item 127949 for clear and #127946 for wood).  It’s found in the Holiday Catalog.

This set is one I probably wouldn’t have looked at in a catalog and chosen.  We got it for convention, and then it was chosen for the blog tour.  Which is nice, cause it is causing me to take a second look at thinks that I originally passed over.

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I had fun making this card.  I kind of had Valentine’s in mind, but it would work great for a wedding, anniversary…  OR, you could substitiute the Love stamp for the Friend Stamp and it could be a multipurpose card!!  I am starting to enjoy doing the layering, shabby-chic, grunge…whatever it’s called (that is what I’m calling the layering of images onto the newsprint paper).  And, I love the pink pirouette paper…adds just the right amount of femininity   (Here is a trick I use… I use pink pirouette paper with pretty in pink ink… I find that the pink pirouette ink is often too light for what I need, but the pretty in pink paper too dark… so this is a good compromise.  And, another trick I read on someone’s blog… sorry I cannot remember where…  Coloring the pearls.  I used the Silver Stampin’ Dazzle Marker (#128978) and also available in gold…  to color the pearls.  This is a very nice technique… when the white pear is too stark for what you want.  And, it adds a little unexpectedness to the image.  Here’s a close up:

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Anyway, here is a list of the items I used:

  • Affection Collection Stamp Set (item 127949 for clear and #127946 for wood)– Holiday Catalog
  • Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
  • DSP:  Newsprint
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink
  • Accessories:  Pearls, Silver Stampin’ Dazzle Marker, Vanilla Seam Binding, Window Frames Framelits Dies, Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Stampin Dimensionals, Adorning Edgelits, Sponge Dauber

Affection Collection Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Thanks for stopping!!  Enjoy your Tour!!

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Coloring It OLD SCHOOL…

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Hello!!  Glad you are joining me today!!  I’m part of the RemARKable Blog Tour… and this is your next stop!!

This month we are featuring the stamp set.. Winter Memories.  And, I gotta say, it was one I initially ‘didn’t register’ when I ripped open my copy of the Holiday Catalog.  So.  I’m very glad for this stamp of the month opportunity cause it is helping me to experience stamps that are outside my comfort zone…

When I saw this one, I immediately had flashbacks to the movie A Christmas Story.  No idea why…  I think it is because when I see the images, it makes me wanna see them ‘in my memory’ with the fuzzy, blurred, edges…warm, brilliant colors, etc…  So, here is how I tried to make that happen on paper:

Looking at the sled and wreath, I knew… I needed to get out the color pencils.  I used the SU watercolor pencils (item #101879; 24 pencil sfor $19.95).  These are my go-to coloring pencil.  Even without using water.  I love them cause they are, how shall we say, creamy??  It’s easy to build color and add depth with the pencils.    The wreath used ALL of the greens included in the set.  I love coloring… The image is actually stamped with black ink on white paper, (which I wanted to keep the pencil colors true) but the white was way too stark.  So, I added layers of ink with the sponge daubers (crumb cake and soft suede).

I did the same sponging treatment on the sentiment.  And, of course, I had to work in my favorite Brushed Bronze Buttons…  and the core’dinations paper (see previous post about my love affair with these items).  And, the tulle…  Boy, SU got this Holiday Catalog right…  Anyway… I’m sure you’re excited to see where you go next…  thanks for stopping by!!  (click on the button to take you to your next stop.)

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