Monday, October 30, 2017

Last Call for Merry Patterns!

Happy Monday! I hope you've had a wonderful weekend. I certainly enjoyed a somewhat less hectic one than I have since school started. Wrapping up my fall retreat last weekend has allowed me to spend some time in my studio getting caught up on class prep and even designing some new projects. It felt SOOO good to create again! Another advantage to having the retreat behind me is having the time (and energy) to get back to blogging regularly. I've neglected my poor blog for too long!

Today I have a project that features the Merry Patterns pomotional stamp set. Time is running out to earn this exclusive set, so I thought I'd show you a project before it is too late.

I think my favourite stamp in this set is the pine bough! I know...crazy, right? It's just so perfect for adding subtle texture and is so perfectly festive I'm finding myself using it all the time. Here I began with a piece of Color Theory DSP and then stamped the pine branch several times in Old Olive ink, stamping both full strength and 2nd and 3rd generation to create depth. This creates the perfect backdrop for my focal image.

The outline of the candles is heat embossed in gold. This makes it super-easy to line up the patterned candle images because the embossing resists the ink, so if you're off a little it's pretty forgiving. I used Real Red and Old Olive ink to stamp the candles. The flames are stamped in Crushed Curry. I used the Stitched Shapes framelits to die-cut my oval and then layered it on a scalloped oval in gold foil. I added some gold mini sequin trim as well as some die-cut pine boughs and glittery red sprigs. The pine boughs were cut with the Christmas Staircase Thinlits and the springs with Pretty Pines. The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black ink on a strip of Real Red card stock.

On the inside I added a Whiper White panel on which I stamped more candles, using Basic Black for the outline rather than heat embossing in gold. I added another pine bough in Old Olive ink (see what I mean about that stamp??) and the sentiment in Basic Black.

I have to say I really love this Merry Patterns stamp set...I just wish it would stick around a while longer! Don't miss out on your chance to own this fabulous set. Get some friends together and place a qualifying order before October 31st at midnight when this deal turns into a pumpkin ;)

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1 comment:

  1. Been missing you! Glad you had a fun retreat and can't wait to see all your new creations. This one is super! I love the pine boughs too.


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