Saturday, 8 November 2014

Just Add Ink (and a little nostalgia)

I've been looking through a lot of my retired Stampin' Up! products lately.  It's gotten to the point where I have as many (or more) retired stamp sets as I have current and obviously I have to do something about it.  There are, after all, only so many stamp sets that a person actually gets around to using.

A stamp set such as Welcome Christmas, for example, has been sitting on my shelves, never having been introduced to ink.  Well---until now, that is.  I "discovered" the set while rummaging and trying to decide what I should sell and what I should keep and wondered why I had never used it.  There is a challenge at Just Add Ink that virtually begged for this set to be used and so a card was born.  (Oh, and if you're wondering how the battle to reduce my retired products is going, let's just say that my keep pile keeps growing while my sell pile is sadly quite small.)

The colours at Just Add Ink are evocative of an era gone by (for me, at least).  Even the Lost Lagoon colour is actually more of an old-fashioned colour than a modern colour in my opinion.

JAI 239

Along with the Early Espresso and Very Vanilla, the Lost Lagoon looked perfect for the images from the Welcome Christmas stamp set.

For my base I used Early Espresso and then added a layer of Naturals Ivory.  Then I took a piece of Very Vanilla, embossed it with the retired Pretty Print embossing folder, and then sponged over the raised print and edges using Lost Lagoon ink.  I attached the embossed piece to a piece of Lost Lagoon cardstock and then attached the combined piece to the card using Dimensionals.

I had decided to use the negative framelit from the On Film framelits set as frames for my images and so cut out two from Early Espresso cardstock.  Then, using Early Espresso ink, I stamped the two silhouette images from the Welcome Christmas stamp set on Very Vanilla (I did not ink up the little girl in the Christmas tree stamp since she would not fit into the frame).   After fitting the Very Vanilla into the framelit frames, I attached them to my card using Dimensionals.

For my sentiment, I turned to the "Noel" framelit from the Wondrous Wreath framelits dies.  I cut out one from Early Espresso cardstock and another from Gold Foil.  Then I mounted the Gold Foil just offset enough so that the Early Espresso formed a shadow under it.  I used Tombo glue to attach the sentiment to my card.

To finish up I punched out three small stars from Early Espresso and three more from Gold Foil.  I also offset those to form a "shadow" and then attached them using Tombo Glue.

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  1. I really like your use of framelits on this card, Heidi; just lovely. In order to cull your retired stamp sets, you have to be ruthless - it's terribly hard, when you have a sentimental attachment to them! Thanks for joining in the fun at Just Add Ink this week. :)

    1. Thank you, Christine. I enjoyed the challenge. I suspect I'll need more storage considering that I have such a hard time letting go.

  2. Love this card Heidi I love Christmas lv m

  3. Your use or lack thereof of stamp sets made me smile Heidi, l have many that l just had to have and have only used once, if at all..:0) Culling is such a hard thing, if you are like me, you um and ah just because you might need it one day..:0)
    But at least you got to ink this one up and it's really lovely, the frames are very effective and if it makes you feel better, l still have this
    Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink.

    1. Thanks so much, Nikki. I believe that stampers must be hoarders at heart. You're right, it's so hard to let go because that stamp you get rid of might just be the one you need to make that outstanding card. And then you'd just kick yourself. Rather than take that chance, it's easier to hang on.

  4. Great idea to use this stamp set. It has stamped perfectly with the Espresso ink. I really like the frames. I agree culling is so difficult. I place a sticker on the ones I have not used in a while and then set a time frame (usually 6th or 1 yr). I remove the sticker when I use the set. If the sticker is still there when my time frame is up then it has to go. It's hard though. Chantell JAI

    1. Thanks so much, Chantell. I find it's hardest with the Christmas stamps because there's always something you can use from a set and there are so few seasonal sets brought out by Stampin' Up!


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