Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #146 - Kath's All About Christmas Challenge
It's Christmas again at the Watercooler! Our host this week is Kath.
Are you a big fan of Designer Series Paper? I can't say I'm a fan, but every once in a while, Stampin' Up comes along with a collection that just calls to me. In the 2017 Holiday Catalogue there just happen to be a few collections that did that. One of them is the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper.

I'm not normally a blingy kind of crafter, but at this time of year, it seems as if I'm all about the bling. And this pack of SDSP has lots of it with foil designs in Champagne, Copper, Gold and Silver.

As I was looking over all the yummy patterns, I got the idea of stamping on a piece that reminded me of light around a candle flame. And the perfect stamp set for this was the Merry Patterns candles.
I stamped the candle outlines with Archival Basic Black, then stamped with designs with Fresh Fig. The candles in the back row are second generation stamping, which means stamping the inked image on a scrap piece then, without re-inking, stamp onto your cardstock. It's a great way to get varied shades of one colour.

When it came to the candle flames, I wasn't thinking when i went for my Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends. If you look closely, the black outline smeared a bit and the yellow bled outside the lines. That's because the Stampin' Blends are alcohol-based ink, so I should have used a water-based ink like Memento Tuxedo Black.

As for the bleeding, I think it just looks like the glow from the flame!

The pine branches and sentiment are also from the Merry Patterns set.

Another item I don't often reach for that I've used on this card, is ribbon. For some reason, I just had to have that Fresh Fig 1/8" sheer ribbon. The DSP piece is mounted on Whisper White, then onto the Fresh Fig card base.

For more Christmas inspiration, visit Watercooler Wednesday and check out what the other 'Cooler Artists have come up with.


  1. Hi Gail, I'm in full agreement about Designer Paper. Although I wind up buying the odd package, my preference is to create my own backgrounds. This paper, however, is an exception to that rule. I can fully understand why you felt compelled to buy it and use it. Beautifully combined with your stamping. Those candles and pine boughs make this a stunning creation.

  2. Yes not a fan of papers but I seem to have loads in my stash! Great card, love the way you stamped the candles and the yellow glow looks great x


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