Archives for December 2014
Hello there! For the month of December, the members of the A Blog Named Hero design team will be bringing you our favorite projects from our fellow DT gals. I have a lot of favorites (is that even possible?), but I chose this post by Christine, since she worked some magic with a stamp that gives me fits.
Here is her original post:
Isn’t that fabulous? I loved her colors (which was the point of her post) and the drop shadow.
Since this stamp and I don’t get along very well, I thought I’d try to make a card inspired by hers:
I took a bit of a different approach. I colored my background using a blue-green Gelato mixed with some water, so my background color is a bit darker than Christine’s, but I was quite okay with it. Instead of white I used silver ink and embossing powder so the image would stand out a little more. I tried white, but I liked the silver version better.
I did the same Pointillism technique for coloring in the gems/circles, and the background color muted a lot of the points of color I added. You can see the difference with the upper circles that are on a white background.
I covered all the circles with Glossy Accents instead of just a few. I really wanted mine to say SHINY!
Also, for the first time ever, I played with the loose string thing. I used to do counted cross stitch back when I could still see the tiny symbols in the tiny squares, and I have a vast collection of all things DMC, including silver and gold. I didn’t even have to buy it! 🙂 So I took some of the silver and put it behind my sentiment, which was also embossed to match the flower image.
A tip about washi tape: I wrestled with this, since my blue-green tape was too green, but the blue didn’t have a pattern. Never fear! Washi tape is not opaque, so it shows what’s underneath it. I solved my little problem by putting down the green first, then covering it with the blue. You can see the pattern shows through, and I was quite happy about that.
So in the end, I didn’t use her colors, or the drop shadow, but I did finally make a card with this stamp that I don’t detest. THANK you, Christine, for your video and for giving me the push to try this stamp again.
That’s it for me today. Be sure to stop back all month long to see more of our favorites!
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Linda & Lisa
Well that’s all the Christmas posts we have for you this year, we hope you’ve had as much fun as we have, with all this inspiration and goodness!
A Big HUGE HUGE HUGE thanks to our delightful Guest Designers, who have WOWED our Christmas socks off with incredibly beautiful projects!!
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Winners will be drawn December 5th, so keep your eyes open!
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See you soon!