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Ho x3

All images, printed Note Card, Creative Candy Clear Circle Stickers by A Muse Art Stamps; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Warm Red; Staz-On Black; 1 3/8" Circle Punch; Water-based Markers; Xyron 150 (the "X"); Prisma Glitter, Ultra fine Iridescent Clear; Silver Metallic Cord

This fun "ornament" design couldn’t be much faster!  Use A Muse’s Clear Uppercase Polka Alpha, large to stamp "Ho" 3 times, starting from the BOTTOM, and stamping your way up.  For some reason folks always seem to automatically start at the top, but, in many cases, I actually find it much easier to start at the bottom, and build a design upward.  In this case, with clear stamps, of course, it’s even more of a snap!  I’m a total sucker for polka dots, and A Muse’s Clear Polka Alpha sets are no exception. 

Mr. Claus was stamped onto white card stock, and colored in with markers.  THEN, he was sent down the chute of the little Xyron 150 Machine, which can accommodate pieces 1 1/2" wide, FACE DOWN.  I love this little gizmo–I actually own this machine in 3 different sizes–this one, plus 2 larger versions (the 510 and the original 850, which was subsequently replaced by the 900).  The 510 and the 900 have the capability of laminating, magentizing, and applying adhesive, depending on which cartridge is loaded into the machine.  I use them more than I imagined I ever would when I initially bought them.

Normally, we use Xyron to put sticky on the BACK side of a piece, turning it into a sticker, but in this situation, we needed it all over the front.  Below is an example of what the little Xyron 150 looks like, and how to use it.


After removing the adhesive liner paper, Prisma glitter was rubbed all over the front of Mr. Claus, makin’ a glittah sphere!  It’s a good idea to use a soft brush to brush away as much excess glitter as possible.  Otherwise, it makes it difficult for the clear sticker to adhere over the top. 

Once the finished glitter sphere was in place on the card front, a quick punch at the top with a 1/16" hole punch (you could also use a paper piercer tool), and another through the gutter crease, will enable you to slip a length of silver cord through and bow tie it above the sphere, creating the effect of a hanging holiday ornament.

The ease of mass producing this design for the holidays would put anybody in the mood to "Ho, ho, ho!" (wink!)

Sidebar:  A fellow stamper and I were chatting one day over stampin’ "candy", and my 10 yr. old son’s ears perked up.  I swear that kid’s got sugar RADAR! (snort!)  He was rather disappointed when I explained to him that stampers’ candy wouldn’t be sweet to him . . . (chuckle!)

A Li'l Ghostly Fun!

All Clear Stamp Images by A Muse Art Stamps; Black, Orange, and White Card Stock; Palette Hybrid Noir Ink; Black Fine Tip Marker; Uniball Signo White Gel Pen; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Prisma Glitter; Waterbased Markers

ROTFLMBO!!!!!  I could NOT resist making this, when I spied a card with the sentiment above (hand-lettered), at the store the other day.  It just CRACKED me!!!

In case you can’t tell, the ghosts were traced with a pale blue marker–this makes anything white seem even MORE white.  They were subsequently traced with the Quickie Glue Pen, and then dusted with Prisma Glitter so they’d have a little *sparkle*. (wink!)

The shading on the pumpkins was achieved by first coloring them in with a pumpkin marker, and then going over the pumpkins’ seams with an orange marker, giving the illusion of a little more depth.

The focal panel did look fine on the black base card all by itself, but I decided to add just one more touch by drawing a white line frame.  Because the details are SO tiny, it is hard to see on film that the "girl" ghost is flirting, her batting eyelashes compliments of a fine tip black marker. Hah!

This is a design my husband will truly appreciate on his birthday! (giggling!)

Thinkin' pink . . .

All images and daisy printed Note card by A Muse Art Stamps; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Dark Brown, Creamy Brown, Rose Coral & Warm Red; Pebbles Shimmer Chalks-Pastel; Marvy Giga Scallop Square Punch; Pink Eyelet; Pink Organdy; 3M Foam Mounting Tape

Hey, whaddya know?  It’s NOT a Halloween design!  chuckle!

This cozy little image is one of my all-time favorites.  Makes me think of a pretty, overstuffed chair in a storybook cottage.  (deep happy sigh!)  After stamping the chair/lamp image, I determined I wanted to break the sentiment up (it’s a single line).  I inked up the "thinking" part first, and stamped it above the chair, then I thoroughly cleaned the image.  I even tapped it against my scrap paper to make sure there was no residual ink anywhere on the image.  Then, I inked up the "of you" part, and stamped it to the right of the lamp.

I love being able to do that with a sentiment stamp–just makes it all the more versatile!

The images were colored in with Pebbles’ Shimmer Pastels (chalks)–they are soooooo pretty, and sparkly!  I love the effect, and wish you could see the glimmer that the camera just couldn’t pick up.  These are readily available online, and at well-stocked scrapbook/stamp stores.  Lovely, lovely stuff!

The tiny heart made the perfect little pillow to nestle into the chair; I wanted the recipient of this design to feel loved . . .

After all the stamping and coloring was done, I centered the scene into the punch–I always work with my punches upside down so I can see what I’m punching out and position everything as I want it.  Then, I decided to ink the edges, very delicately/reservedly with creamy brown chalk ink, just to give it a little definition.  But, the creamy brown just didn’t do it for me, (muttering, frowning) so I came back with the rose coral chalk ink, and took a chance applying it OVER the creamy brown, and it ended up having a nice antiquey sort of effect, muting and toning down the hue of the rose coral ink, as the two blended together. 

Aaaaaah, yes.  Success.

Some of you folks have emailed me to let me know that you’ll be at A Muse’s Grand Opening this Saturday and taking some (or all) of the classes!  I’m so excited to get to meet you in person!  I’ve been designing up a storm and just DYING to share these great projects with you!!!  Saturday can’t come soon enough!!!  GOOD TIMES!!!!

Addendum:    A few folks have asked where to buy the McGill File Folder, Round Tab and Oval Slide Mount Punches, that I had shown in a previous post.  You can order them online at The Frantic Stamper  No, I haven’t had time to play with them yet. (chuckle!)

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