Today I am excited to be taking part in a blog hop with the team from Skipping Stones Designs as a guest designer. They are celebrating the release of the new Christmas Song stamp set. If you are following the hop, you should have come from Kandi Phillips's blog. Next you will head to Karen Baker's blog. For your hopping convenience, I will also include the list of all the hop participants at the end of the post (before the supplies).
If you are stopping by today for today's Tuesday Tutorial, I will be back a little later today with it so please check back in a bit.
For the hop, the team at Skipping Stones Designs is working with the new Christmas Song and their Sketch 97. I will be the first to tell you, I am card challenged. I am not sure why, I just struggle with making them. Maybe it is because I am not a card giver, I don't know. I made several cards for the challenge, attempting to stamp the entire face of the card. I hated every one. I took a break and started playing with ATCs instead, and ended up creating one with the featured stamp set that I really liked. That is when it kind of hit me, that a card really didn't need to be an elaborate production at all, that it could be as simple as an ATC on a card front. And like that, the card I battled with for hours was done.
To create the ATC, I started with a manila ATC blank. I stamped the phrase I wanted to use in Black Soot Distress Ink and added clear embossing powder.
After heating the embossing powder, I stamped the tree on the card with Pine Needles Distress Ink. I added clear embossing powder to the wet ink. Where the tree overlapped onto the already embossed words, I used a dry paint brush to brush it away and then heat set the powder. Next I used an ink blending tool to lightly apply Pine Needles to the inside of the tree. I love how the embossed outline, while stamped in the same ink, looks like a different shade of the same green. I used an ink blending tool next to apply Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the edges of the card.
After heating the card to dry the Distress Ink, I misted the entire surface with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist to add sparkle and create some movement in the ink. I blotted the card with a dry cloth and then heated it to dry.
To create a banner, I stamped a sentiment on a scrap of manila cardstock using Black Soot Distress Ink. I added clear embossing powder to the text and heat set it. I trimmed the strip to fit my card. I liked that by stamping it first and then cutting it out, that I ended up with a straight sentiment, which always seems to be a challenge for me! Next, I inked the strip with Fired Brick Distress Ink and an ink blending tool. I misted the surface with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. After blotting and drying the mist, I stapled it to my ATC with the Tiny Attacher.
To use the ATC on a card, I simply created a plain card from cardstock (Tim Holtz's Distress Core'dinations Cardstock). I chose a green that looked like it was a shade darker so that my card wouldn't feel too matchy-matchy. Next, I cut a second strip of manila cardstock the the same width as the strip on my ATC. I inked and misted it as before. I adhered it to my card and added Tiny Attacher staples to the ends to complete the look.
Don't forget, if you are following the Skipping Stones Designs blog hop, you will head to Karen's blog next!
Cristina Kowalczyk * Jingle * JoAnn Valderama * Kandi Phillips *Tammy Tutterow * Karen Baker * Katie Gehring * Shannon Teubner * Andrea Ewen * Stephanie Mino * Karen Christensen * Taylor Usry * Wendy Price *Wendy Jordan