It is the big launch of Stampin UP! 2014 Annual Catalogue and I am really excited about my first Blog Hop with ESAD.
“What is ESAD?
ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.
As part of the launch of the Stampin Up! Catalogue we are to create something using items from the 2014-2015 Catalogue. I am so excited about using the new Blendabilities on my project. Blendabilities, are StampinUP! Alcohol based ink markers. They are great for creating colour gradients and blending. I have used them to add some detail to my images.
Well here it is. I created an old world, vintage style card. I create a lot of vintage style cards 🙂
Stamps: World Map, Label Love, The Open Sea
Inks: Basic Grey, So Saffron, Baked Brown Sugar
Blendabilities: Light Coastal Cobana, Nude, Ivory, Colour lifter
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Grey, Naturals Ivory
Accessories: Blender Pen, Dimensionals
I started with a Whisper White card base, by sponging and inking lightly with So Saffron. To create the Old World Map look, I lightly inked the Naturals Ivory card stock. I also used a narrow strip of Whisper White and inked it using the So Saffron.
Next, I stamped World Map using Baked Brown Sugar.
I wanted to accent some of the countries and the water bodies. I used Light Coastal Cabana for the water bodies. From the Skin Tone assortment, I used Nude and Ivory. NOTE: StampinUP! recommends using Whisper White and Very Vanilla when using the Blendabilities.The fiber/sizing in the Whisper White and Very Vanilla are better suited to the Blendabilities.
As I am creating an Old World, Vintage look, I was not worried if the paper broke down a slight amount. I used a VERY light touch. I dabbed a small amount of Light Coastal Cabana around some of the outlines of the sea and added light streaks in some of the middle of the seas. Working VERY lightly with the Blender Pen and Marker lift to “spread” and blend some of the colour. I wanted it to look blotchy like a well worn map. You can’t see it but the paper is slightly “furry” but you can feel it. Like I said I wanted the vintage look to the map.
TECHNIQUE TIP: Do not use the tip when blending, this can break down the paper more as it is hard to control the pressure. I hold the blender pen or Marker lift so I can use the side of the tip.
Next I added Ivory Blendability to the inside of the continent outlines I wanted to pop. NOTE: I am just dabbing very lightly adding a small amount around the edges. If you like you can on the inside of the Ivory add Nude to add more dimension. I did not blend any of this I just worked really lightly to add the Nude to the inside of the Ivory. You don’t need to add the Nude to the smaller continents, I just wanted the bigger ones to stand out. Look how the Blendabilites make the continents pop!
The final World Map looks like this.
I then cut the map image into three strips to fit a Landscape card. I mounted the strips onto Basic Grey card stock.
I stamped the Tall ship from The Open Sea stamp set using Basic Grey ink onto Neutrals Ivory card stock. I cut the ship out, then mounted it onto a scrap piece of Basic Grey, cut the Basic Grey slightly larger than the ship. I then rubbed the Bronze Blendability onto a slippery surface (top of an Ink pad case). Using my blender pen I picked up some of this Bronze and blended this onto the wood areas of the ship hull and around the bottom sails. I then dabbed some of the Light Coastal Cabana on the water area under the ship.
I used the Naturals Ivory and the Happy Birthday Greeting from the Label Love.
As I am writing this blog post, I am realising this sounds like a very long process. It took me 4 times longer to write this blog than to make the card. I have done many vintage style cards so I do work a bit quick. This card took me 20 min to do all the blending, inking and stamping. I took longer in the matting and layout as I had a template in mind and realised it didn’t fit the elements I wanted to use, so I matted and rematted, cut and recut…….
I think I am happy with the results and going to make a couple more for my market next week. I have a particular project in mind that would not suit Very Vanilla or Whisper White, so I wanted to test how to use the Blendabilities on other SU! cardstock. However, I’m Not sure I will be teaching this in my classes yet. It really does take a VERY light touch and my card class has a few beginners in it who may feel a little intimidated by the process. If I teach this in class I will use Very Vanilla card stock and have more of a play with more techniques with Blendabilities first.
There are so many new products in the 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue, I can’t wait to try some of them. Maybe someone on the blog hop has tried ones I want to get in my next order.
If you have not had a chance to see all the other blog post for the ESAD Annual Catalogue Blog Hop, Check out the other blogs listed below:
1. Emily Campbell
2. Kelli Gordon
3. Sharlene Meyer
4. Delys Cram
5. Keryn Campbell
6. Monique Fielder
7. Kathryn Ruddick
8. Narelle Hoggard
9. Ann Gerlach
10. Libby Dyson
11. Kelly Kent
12. Amity Knight
13. Christie Kunkel
14. Louise Layton
15. Andrea Buckland
16. Yvonne Walker
17. Sally Williams
18. Debbie Lamb
19. Nerida Carter
20. Richelle Fletcher
21. Norelle Targato
22. Rochelle Blok
23. Clare Mcilhatton
24. Tracy Speight