Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Christmas is the time to be nostalgic. Just as we love our Christmas traditions and favourite decorations that have evolved over the years, stampers also love retired stamp sets that we can't bear to part with. Home for Christmas is one of my favourite sets. I also love doing the Vintage-Shabby technique and this is the perfect stamp for that. Take a look:
The recipe is very simple:
Stamps: Home for Christmas, Netting
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
DSP: Frostwood Lodge
Other: Vintage Brads, sponges, bone folder

The technique is also very simple. I stamped the image using Soft Suede ink on Naturals Ivory cardstock. I then stamped over that with the new background stamp, Netting, which I inked unevenly with Crumb Cake. Then comes the fun part! Using a bone folder, I roughed up the edges, made some tears and ripped off a corner. The "splotch" at the top was created un-intentionally! I spritzed the corner to soften up the paper so I could peel the layers apart, and because the ink is water base, it ran a bit and looks like a tea stain, I think. So I went with it. That's the best part of stamping - there are no mistakes, everything is an original!

Using sponges, the next step was to sponge the edges of the image panel with Crumb Cake. The Frostwood Lodge DSP was sponged with Soft Suede. I also rubbed Soft Suede over the DSP as it was just a bit too white for my liking. Add the brads to three corners, and there you have it.

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