Yesterday I had my first play with the Hostess Stamp Set called Make a Splash. The details on the stamps are brilliant and make colouring unnecessary. The card you see here is the second card I made because the first one was where I was experimenting with the stamps and it ended up looking like nothing in particular. The most profitable part of this stage was that I stamped and fussy cut the three fish and the crab on Post It Notes ready for masking.
When I stamped the fishbowl on the first card, I forgot to stamp the waterline and when I did think about it I’d already stamped the goldfish far too high! There are several reasons why it wasn’t a total waste of time for me! Apart from the waterline, I also used a layer of Soft Sea Foam Cardstock (CS) for my stamping. It looked great for the fishbowl but it didn’t do any favours to the surrounding area!
There were other things I wasn’t happy with but it put me in a good position to go ahead and make a card for real! I did make one very obvious mistake which you have probably already noticed, but time was running out and I covered over the mistake! When I stamped the sentiment THANKS FOR MAKING ME SMILE TODAY, I wobbled the block and caused a smudge!
As I had stamped directly onto the top Whisper White CS layer, I had to cover over the mistake, which is what I did! With hindsight, I should have re-stamped the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment as well and covered over it in the same way. This would have made it look like a part of the design! I started this second card with a layer of Whisper White CS and I stamped the fishbowl in the middle. Immediately afterwards, I stamped the waterline so I wouldn’t forget!
I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to stamp the fishbowl, the waterline and the sentiments because the stamps are photopolymer and this ink doesn’t stain as badly as Black Stazon Ink. Next, I stamped the pebbles at the bottom of the bowl using Sahara Sand Ink and the goldfish in Pumpkin Pie Ink. After I had allowed a few seconds for the ink to dry, I put my fussy-cut Post-It Note goldfish over the stamped image to protect it while I added some grass/weeds.
I stamped five images of grass/weeds which appeared to be the right amount, some at the back and some at the front. Next, I added the air bubbles stamp using Pool Party Ink and for the final touch with the bowl, I used my Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend to roughly colour in the water. The HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment is from the Piece of Cake Stamp Set and it stamped really well with Memento Ink! The next step is where I messed up the second sentiment! Grrr!!
Apart from the mistake, I was happy how my card was coming together but it looked bland and I couldn’t decide what to do about it. Fortunately, hubby arrived home which meant stopping for dinner. This worked well because I switched off for the best part of an hour and when I came back to my studio I decided to dry-emboss my top layer with the Subtles Dynamic/3D Embossing Folder. Apart from the top sentiment, I was happy!
My final touch for the front of my card was to paint everything inside the bowl with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. I adhered the top layer to a layer of Garden Green CS and then adhered that to a Whisper White CS card base. I added the same two layers of cardstock to the inside of my card. In the bottom right-hand corner of the Whisper White CS layer, I stamped the same fish using Pumpkin Pie Ink. Next, I masked the fish and stamped a piece of grass using Garden Green Ink.
My final touch inside the card was the same as the front of my card, i.e. I painted over the goldfish and the grass using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. I might try stamping the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment on a thin strip of Whisper White CS and dry-emboss it with the Subtles Dynamic/3D Embossing folder and adhere it in place. If I decide to give this a go, I’ll share a photograph on here so you can see if you think it looks better or worse! LOL!
That’s it from me today. Hubby and I are off out at lunchtime today and will be back home later this evening, which doesn’t leave me anytime for crafting today unless I get it done before we go out! 😉 Anyway, that’s it from me today! I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and in the meantime happy crafting!
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Europe & South Pacific (A4) Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8” First layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½” Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: North America (Letter-size) Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼” First layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼” Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
Products used for this project: please click on any of the links to be taken to my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop. The Hostess Code for February 2020 is TWEMK47B. Thank you. xx