Silver and Ombre Christmas

Silver & Ombre Christmas card - Stampin' Up! - A Banner Christmas - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Hi, everyone! I have a card to share with you really quickly. When I was looking at all the Dynamic Duos entries last week, I saw one where the stamps had been inked with multiple colors, in a striped pattern. I wanted to copy that! Then I got to playing around, and striped turned into ombre, and then I had this stinking COOL “MERRY” sentiment. It took a while to figure out where to go with my card from there. I looked on my desk, and I had these snowflakes, which had been by-products of some Christmas tags I’d made. So I decided to use some of those up, and I knew the 1/8″ Silver Ribbon would be a fun addition to the card as well. The ribbon took me forever to place and curl just so, but I was happy with the final arrangement.

I hope you like the card. You can find all the supplies I used to make my card in my online Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7. Have a great day!

Supplies used:
Paper: Island Indigo, Pool Party, and Whisper White cardstock; Regals Designer Series Paper Stack; Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, and Pool Party Stampin’ Write Markers
Stamps: A Banner Christmas
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry framelits, Large Scallop edgelits, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip

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New Stampin’ Up! Kit!

Festive Flurry Ornaments Kit

 

I’m really excited about this one and am ordering mine today. The Festive Flurry Ornament Kit is a kit to make 10 of these beautiful snowflake ornaments. I have all the supplies to make these myself, but I’m so happy to have all of the work done for me. I know I will use several as ornaments (and possibly gifts) and will make some into a small banner. See more details and the video that shows how easy these are to make here.

A Banner Christmas

 

Christmas Blessings in Gold

Stampin' Up! Joyful Christmas and More Merry Messages - PPA177 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Silver is usually my metallic finish of choice, but I’ve played a lot with the Champagne Glimmer Paper this week, getting ready for a stamp camp on Saturday. And I kind of can’t stop using it. It’s just so pretty.

That gold center of the poinsettia is one of the Frosted Finishes from the holiday catalog. I smushed it into my Versamark pad, sprinkled on some gold embossing powder, wiped off the rhinestones in the center, and then embossed it with the Heat Tool. After it cooled, I also added some Dazzling Details. I love these little pretties.

I’m playing along with the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge this week. What a great sketch!

Thanks for stopping by. You can buy any of the products I used in my card in my online Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7. And don’t forget to check out this week’s Weekly Deals. Also, in celebration of Stampin’ Up!’s 25th birthday week, there are 25 stamp sets on sale for 25% off until the 28th. Check them out!

Supplies used:
Paper: Pool Party, Night of Navy, and Whisper White cardstock; Regals Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack; Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Joyful Christmas, More Merry Messages
Tools/Accessories: Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Envelope Punch Board (for corner rounding), Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Frosted Finishes, Regals Candy Dots, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Stampin' Up! Joyful Christmas

 

Stampin' Up! More Merry Messages

 

Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board

I Made an Axe Cop Stamp!!

axe cop stamp
Who is the best wife in the history of everything?According to my husband, it’s me.

I was trying to think of something awesome to carve on a stamp. I’d already made Calico Fatz while I was at Stampin’ Up! Convention, but I hadn’t carved anything since. So as I was trying to come up with something, my husband started going on and on about Axe Cop this and Axe Cop that. He really likes Axe Cop, and I am a fan even though I’ve never read an Axe Cop comic. He’s told me so many lines and scenes, though, that I feel like I have. (And we watch the show together.)

While he was talking, I knew that I had to try to make an Axe Cop stamp for him. I wanted it to be a surprise and also didn’t want him to ask about it if I couldn’t pull it off, so I didn’t tell him I was making the stamp. When he went to bed last night, I got to work.

I found the image on the internet and printed it off, then traced it carefully onto a regular piece of printer paper. Then I rubbed the pencil drawing onto the rubber and started carving.

I decided I didn’t want to try carving the intricacies of the nose or the star on his hat, so I left those off, because I knew I could add them with markers. After I finished carving, I stamped the image onto the wood block in StazOn (the kit comes with an Island Indigo marker for this, but I like StazOn for stamping it on the block), then attached it to the foam backing and cut a rough outline of the stamp and foam. Then I attached the stamp to the block and basked in the awesomeness.

When Frank went to get his coffee this morning, this is the first thing he saw:

Axe Cop Card
I’m not threatening violence. According to Wikipedia, this is Axe Cop’s battle cry when he’s fighting bad guys.

Ha! “Good morning, Sweetie. I will chop your head off.” I did clarify on the inside of the card that I will not chop his head off, and he approved of the sentiment I chose (can you tell we don’t take ourselves too seriously in this house?).

Some notes on the colored image — I tried to color Axe Cop to look like the drawing I was using. You may have noticed that the stamped image is a little different from the image on the wood block. That’s because when I started to color him, I made a few edits to my stamp, like clearing out the hat and hand-drawing the star and carving out the axe handle under his hand — I’d inadvertently left that on. Also, I didn’t  have the perfect color for the axe blade, so I first colored it in with Cajun Craze, then I went back over it in Cherry Cobbler to get a rusty, deep red. You can tell I didn’t mind coloring outside the lines. It’s a homemade stamp, so it’s okay to have a messier coloring job, I think. I sketched in a few nose details with the pen end of my Basic Black marker and colored in his shades with Smoky Slate.

The whole process, from finding the image on the internet to finishing the card, took about an hour. I made a custom stamp and custom card in about the same amount of time it would have taken me to find a good-enough card at Walmart. And I was giddy when I finished. Shopping at Walmart never makes me giddy.

If there’s an image you’d like to see on a stamp but no one makes it, now YOU can make it. You can buy the Undefined kit in my Stampin’ Up! store, and you can make whatever you want. Here’s a short video illustrating how easy it is to make an Undefined stamp:

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, StazOn black; Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, and Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write markers
Stamps: Undefined, Designer Typeset photopolymer
Tools/Accessories: Undefined stamp carving toolkit, Big Shot, Squares Collection framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals