Isn’t this one of the cutest Christmas – and Easter, see the bunny in an egg! – stamp sets? I initially bought Making Every Day Bright Stamp Set (see page 47) because I saw the penguin, but then I saw the other little lamps and realised what a great value set this is! My only surprise is that it’s taken me so long to have my first play! I really didn’t have a clue what direction I was taking with my card, so I started stamping some penguins. I painted one of the hats in Call Me Clover and the other one in Mint Macaroon. I also stamped a few test penguins, and tested what the heart would look like if the penguins were holding them and I also tried giving them eyes! I gave up trying because I couldn’t find a pen with a thin enough nib! Next I stamped two of the lamps that have a heart inside, and coloured the hearts in Real Red. In this stamp set set there are two stamps designed to be used for the glow of light coming from the lamps. I chose the one with hearts and decided that I’d stamp it using Crushed Curry Ink. At this point, I had a good idea what direction my card was going in! The first step was to stamp the lamp cable a little way up the card, leaving enough room for a ribbon or sentiment to go underneath. The next step should have been to stamp the lamp glow stamp, but I adhered the lamps, and the base of the lamps first. This made it incredibly difficult to stamp the glow stamps! DOH! I successfully stamped one, but managed to get Crushed Curry Ink on the other three images. I re-stamped, coloured and punched three more – using the christmas Bulb Builder Punch see page 6 – and adhered them on top of the damaged images!I decided to tie a piece of Real Red Ribbon around the card, under the lamps, and decided it looked “cosy”, which made me choose the WRAPPED IN THE WARMTH OF CHRISTMAS stamp from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set. I inked the sentiment in Versamark, and then in Real Red Ink. After I had stamped the sentiment, I dipped the image in Clear Embossing Powder, and heat set it to a beautiful shine! I die cut it using the Layering Oval Dies, and die cut the next size up so I could layer them together. To make sure the layer was visible, I dry embossed it using the Dynamic Subtles Embossing Folder. To decorate the inside the card I stamped two more penguins on to the top layer, and coloured them as before. Instead of making them look like lamps I made a small bank of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter snow for them to stand on!
That’s about it from me today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.