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Thursday, December 18, 2014

{Spotlight Project} Shirley's Loving the Calories!

I've got a non-Christmas card for you today featuring the latest stamp club set, Sugar Rush. So far, I've used the ice cream sundae and this waffle-cone sundae, and I can't wait to get my hands on the doughnuts and macarons! It's true, I've never met a calorie I didn't like, even when they're virtual calories :)

The technique for this card has been under the spotlight before, but it's such a good technique, it's worth showing more than once. I first tried this technique back in the last millennium.... Back then, it was known as Joseph's Coat.

I started off by just messing around with no finished card in mind, inking up two pieces of card with Distress Inks, and splattering with water. Then I stencilled a distressed doily on the left-hand piece and a leaf stencil on the right-hand piece, using clear stencilling paste. If you look really hard you can just about make out the patterns in the photo above.

I sponged deeper colours over the stencilling, really heavily. The stencilled area resists the sponged colour and protects the first layer of colour (and water splats). It was at this point that I decided I would use the doily background with the Sugar Rush stamps. I turned the doily piece around so that the sentiment wouldn't be fighting with the stencilling. (And by making two backgrounds at once, I also have another ready-made background panel waiting to be made into another card.)

I smudged some inks onto my craft mat then inked up the block stamp, spritzed, and stamped a border down the right-hand side of a white card, and added my panel. Because the panel is so strong, I kept the image black and white for contrast, adding just a touch of colour to the cherry on the top.

Here's a little tip that may work for you:
When I trim white card down to size to layer onto a cardbase, I keep the strips and use them to stamp sentiments on. Somehow it works better for me than stamping a sentiment and trimming it down into a strip.

Here's another look at the finished calories card. Enjoy!

Stamps Shirley used in today's project:


Sugar Rush is the December 2014/January 2015 set in the STAMPlorations stamp club! Join the club and get this set shipped to you for free wherever you are in the world! Read more about our stamp club here. We've got lots of perks, including a free 4" by 6" stamp set like Trendy Butterflies sent every 3rd shipment (or immediately after signing up for the semi-annual subscription)

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  1. Loving the psychedelic color scheme. The background almost looks like tie dye. You're right - definitely worth showcasing twice.

  2. This is awesome! I love that beautiful, bright background! :-)

  3. Awesome backgrounds, Shirley! Your card is really sweet, too. :-)

    Great tip to use the trimmed edges for stamping sentiments.

  4. Wonderful background! Thank you for sharing this technique. I'll try it.

  5. Such a sweet card and what a beautiful technique!!!
    I love the background!


  6. WOW! Dreamy, yummy and pretty... This is stunning Shirley. The background colours are gorgeous . I love the way you highlighted the cherry on a black &white stamped cup looks so effective !!! Thanks for sharing the tip!

  7. Wow, love this technique, so glad you explained how to do it. Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Wow , These technique is superb ,loved the bg a lot !

  9. Amazing background! Haven't done this technique in ages, time to give it a go again.

  10. I'd like to order at least four sundaes pleases (to eat right now), and a whole bunch of those stunning backgrounds! Fabulous cards; marvelous tutorial! Love this!

  11. I love your background and stencil. This is just beautiful. What a great idea to keep trim pieces for sentiments.

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  13. Great colors and I love the sundae.
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  14. Great card! Love the colors and thanks for the tutorial on making such a cool card!

  15. This is awesome!! I am going to try this technique!!

  16. Great energy being sent from your lovely card.

  17. I just love the way you played with distress ink and i love the sentiment - great for birthdays and holidays.

  18. Ooooo, these look AMAZING! LOVE the gorgeous color--and what a great technique! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  19. Gorgeous background. Must get me some clear embossing paste. Hugz


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