Tuesday, July 17, 2018

SHOPPING OUR STASH #363 - Christmas in July

 Happy Tuesday and welcome!
Today starts a new challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH:

Christmas in July!

 Yep, it's a thing. We all need those cards, so why not get a head start
on making them!
Here's what I came up with:

here's the inside:

I've been trying to actually use my stamps instead of hoarding them.
This beauty is NBUS! I had this hairbrain idea to make the wreath look as
if it's wrapped in burlap. I first tried using a TH burlap stencil and some kraft
ink, but the pattern was too big and just left blobs. Then to salvage that I colored
the wreath in a sandy-gold SN marker. I cut a little square from a burlap sheet, tapped my
blending marker onto it, then dabbed it onto the wreath, holding it down for 
a few seconds. This will lift the ink and leave the pattern of the burlap.
It actually worked! 

Tip: If you try this, make sure you do this step first before coloring the entire image, otherwise
you'll likely lift color where you didn't intend to. Then once you're sure the 
blending solution has dried, you can continue to color the rest of your image.

After I colored the image, I added Crystal Stickles to the snowflakes and Glossy Accents
to the skate blades. The ribbon was also Winked.

Ready to play along? Of course you are! Let's see what you create for our
Christmas in July challenge. Simply link up your project at
Shopping Our Stash so we can admire it. For even more amazing
creations, do yourself a favor and check out what my teammies have
created, and leave some bloggy love while there. 
Thanks for visiting. Have a fantastic day!

I'd like to enter this at:
HLS - ATG Christmas challenge - no twist this time

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Winter skates wreath Lg, Christmas Bell Medley; Hero Arts - Merry Christmas Message
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Gina K - kraft
DP: Carta Bella - A very merry Christmas
CS: Crafter's Companion; Taylored Expressions
Accessories: GC; STAMPlorations - wonky double running stitch nesting rectangle die; Spectrum Noir markers; Wink of Stella pen; bit of burlap sheet; MISTI; Ranger crystal Stickles & Glossy Accents; TH - burlap stencil; q-tip 
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares


  1. what an amazing card on every level and that fab burlap texture on the wreath is especially impressive. awesome addition to our "bundled up" gallery at JINGLE BELLES too missus! ♥

  2. Awesome card, lots of work on this one.

  3. Gorgeous coloring for that lovely image ... so glad you bundled-up with us at Jingle Belles.

  4. Chris, this sweet image is so beautifully colored, I love how you created the burlap impression on it and the lovely glittery snowflakes.
    Beautiful way to finish the inside too.

  5. Kudos to you for experimenting, Chris. Your burlap wreath turned out great with the skates and big red winked ribbon. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas.

  6. Ohh, that's a sweet card. I think your ribbon coloring looks stunning.
    Thank you for joining the HLS Xmas challenge.
    BozenA DT HLS


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