Penny Black – Pine Burst
First, let me apologize. For so many things.
Number 1, I have to apologize because I have chosen to show you a stamp, which as of this blog post, is sold out at two of my affiliate stores. I do this so much, it's a wonder you even want anything to do with me.
Number 2, this card was meant to start me off showing videos for the cards I make and build my YouTube channel. But it was a comedy of errors from the start. I set my phone up to film me making the card and shot a lot of footage, figuring I would do a voice over instead of talking along, which always feels weird with other people in the house and you almost always get interrupted. Guys, I shot SO MUCH footage. Then I couldn't figure out how to get it OFF my phone. I couldn't use DropBox because the files were too big. I tried cutting them in pieces, and I lost almost all the footage somehow by the time I figured out I could use iCloud to download them. At that point I just said nuts to the whole thing. That will just have to happen in the future. When I'm more organized and smart (yeah, I know, may NEVER happen, but I live in hope). Sorry.
And just to cut this list short, related to number one, you are going to LOVE this stamp. Lookie:
GOJUS!! I used a few tricks here I'm just dying to talk about with you!
I stamped the wreath with Shaded Lilac Distress ink using my MISTI, then moved the card stock in the MISTI just slightly to the left and down, like 1/16" of an inch. I then stamped on top of the first stamping with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. This gives the whole piece a frosty look. Later I used the Distress Spritzer and the Shaded Lilac Distress marker to add the speckles to further increase this look.
I used Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, and Aged Mahogany Distress markers to add the berries. I then went back and dotted on top of some of the berries with the Picket Fence Distress marker and added tiny dots to others with a white gel pen.
The thing about the Picket Fence marker is that it can be really hard to see what you're doing because it looks clear when you put it on, but then it dries white. So some of my dots were a little large, and I went back with a Prismacolor pencil and added a little definition to some of the more obviously blobby ones.
I borrowed a greeting from the Hero Arts Color Layering Christmas Trees set and heat embossed it to create the greeting. I layered this up over some fun red Darice Sparkle tape, which provides a nice subtle shimmer.
A bit of silver ribbon.
A line of embossing around the focal piece and a couple of rhinestones…perfect!
SO elegant. Love this stamp!
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