Hello stampers. I am back from my fabulous incentive trip and my heart is full. I had such a wonderful time and saw the amazing creativity of our God in his creation, both in the landscape and in the creatures. I hit the ground running as I came home Tuesday night and had a team potluck and card swap on Thursday. I still had to make 22 cards! While I was very pleased with how my card turned out, I made a poor choice for a swap card. I will explain why later. I knew that I was going to do a mermaid card and that I wanted to use Wink of Stella to add that special sparkle that mermaids need. To step it up a notch, I used Wink of Stella as a sort of glittery blender pen. Did you know that you can do that? It works amazingly well. Wink of Stella has a fantastic tip that allows for lovely colouring and it picks up the ink really well.
When I first chose this card as my swap card I did so for two reasons. I had not yet used my Magical Mermaid stamp set and I loved this mermaid! What I didn’t take into account were all the steps needed to get this look. The card front is glossy white. You first sponge or brayer grey granite ink on the bottom. Then you sponge soft sea foam in the middle and bermuda bay around the top three edges. About half way through I was getting a sore arm from all that sponging! Then you stamp the bottom with the shells and dots stamp. This needs to be done four times to get full coverage. After that you need to stamp once with the “dotty” background stamp (even though most of that is covered by the sentiment). After that I stamped the “sea plants” four times, two on each side. The sentiment was stamped on Soft Sea Foam cardstock in call me clover ink and then punched out using the everyday label punch. Rachel thankfully helped me use the Big Shot to crank out all the coral in bermuda bay. That coral framelit is part of the Sea of Textures bundle. I cheated with the mermaid and used my Brother Scan’n’Cut to cut those out. They were stamped with memento black ink on shimmer white cardstock. Rachel coloured the hair with Blends using light daffodil delight and light crumb cake. I coloured the body with light pink pirouette Blends. Now here is where the fun part comes.
I used Wink of Stella along with Petal Pink ink and Lovely Lipstick ink. I used a small clear block and pressed it into the ink pad. I then used Wink of Stella to pick up the colour and use it as you would an aquapainter. To get a more intense colour I added a drop or two of reinker as well. I first did all the tails in Petal Pink and then I did all the bodies in Lovely Lipstick. Both the sentiment and the mermaid were raised with dimensionals and the bermuda bay coral was adhered with a glue dot. The final step was adding the beads from Tranquil Textures Sprinkles. I just added a five spots of Tombow adhesive and then used tweezers to drop a bead on each drop. It’s the final little detail that adds just the right touch, but you can see how all these steps made it quite a time consuming swap card.
When making a swap card be sure to make one complete card first to make sure that you are happy with the layout and the details. The only thing I changed from the card in the catalog that I cased is that I did not make the starfish yellow. That would have been one step too many. The starfish is part of the sentiment stamp and it would have been a royal pain to ink it up separately and cut them all out. I think it looks just fine the way it is. Did I mention that the card base is Soft Sea Foam? I have included a video (done late at night) that shows you a little better about the Wink of Stella and the ink on a clear block. I hope you enjoyed this and were inspired to perhaps case your own cards from the catalog, it really is a great idea book!
Here are a few of my favourite photos from the incentive trip, thank you to all for supporting my business and making this possible, I am truly grateful. The trip is so much more than a vacation, it is an awesome way to communicate with the owners and staff of Stampin’Up!, to have your voice heard and to mingle and engage with fellow demonstrators who become international friends.
I got to be the copilot on this float plane that took us to Taku Lodge where we also saw the bears. Definitely the highlight of our trip.
Here is the video, definitely not my best one, but better than nothing!
I almost forgot to remind you about the exclusive offer this month, the Colour Your Season Bundle. You can check it out here. Here is a graphic that you can see what was made with it.
I would love it if you live in Canada and do not already have a demonstrator if you would order from me, I really appreciate every order that I receive. Please use this host code if you do and I will pop a card in the mail to you!
Thanks again and sorry for the add-ons. Better late than never is my motto.