Tidings of Joy

I love this stamp. I sort of overlooked it for a while, until I saw a few of the creations my fellow Inklings made at our creative weekend away, and then it went up near the top of my ‘must buy’ list.

The main reason that I had to purchase this set is that I just love to colour! And this image looks lovely watercoloured, coloured with blender pens, even done in tones of the same colour. It can be made as simple or as detailed as you wish.

Here’s a card we made at a recent technique class, that was coloured with blender pens. Those with keen eyes will note that the colour scheme is almost exactly the same as the example on page 23 of the main catalogue (it’s not called an ‘idea book’ for nothing you know!) The main difference is the ‘stable’ that we’ve made for our little family.

  • Stamp set: Tidings of Joy
  • Ink: StazOn Black, Crumbcake, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, Real Red, Pool Party, Blush Blossom
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party
  • Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals, Distressing Essentials Kit, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun
  • Non SU! Supplies: Masking Tape

Yes, you read that correctly, masking tape. To make the textured area for the stable, I’ve used a technique called Faux Leather. Stick small pieces of ripped masking tape all over a piece of cardstock, covering it entirely, and then rub and press ink all over it. Once you’re happy with the colour, sprinkle embossing powder over it, and give it a blast with your heat gun. You don’t have to use Versamark ink like you usually would before embossing – the powder will stick to the roughness of the masking tape. Why not give it a try? It’s also a great technique for masculine cards to give them a bit of ‘macho texture’.

The other thing I like about this set is that one of the sentiments is just long enough to curve slightly, before adhering it to your clear block and stamping. When you’re using a clear block set, just because a sentiment is straight doesn’t mean it needs to stay that way – experiment with bending your sentiments slightly, to create a little whimsy in your cards.

Thanks for taking a peek today!



One thought on “Tidings of Joy

  1. Love this idea! I’ve done the masking tape before on other projects, but it’s perfect for the stable! Now I’m going to have to buy this set….it was on my should I or shouldn’t I list! =-) Thanks for sharing!

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