Thursday, June 30, 2011

July SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring July's SOTM called American Celebration, which is a wonderfully patriotic set of 12 stamps. Of course you can whip up beautiful Americana projects using the images in this set, but how about some Christmas in July?
If you have come here from CARLA'S BLOG you are on the right path. If you get lost, you may want to go back to Helen's Blog to find the entire list of blog hoppers! This month we have over 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing wonderful artistic creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Hopping is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!


When I looked at the beautiful star collage making up the main star image of this set I thought it would be beautiful for a Christmas tree! So I stamped the star on White Daisy Cardstock using Petal Ink. Then, since you can see right through My Acrylix stamps, it was a cinch to use on of the points of the star to fill in the bottom of my star, creating a purple Christmas tree!


I snipped out my tree shapes (easy fussy cutting for once!) and added sparkle with a bit of Glitter Glitz on the dots and Bitty Sparkles on the bigger stars.
I also did a brayered background on the pleated paper ribbon. I inked the big star in Petal Ink, and Picked up the image with my brayer by rolling the brayer across the star. Then I rolled it back and forth, changing the angle on my brayer on a 2 x 5 piece of White Daisy CS. I repeated this purple star brayering 2 or 3 more times to fill the cards with an airy soft starry background. 


Then I Brayered on a second generation image of the starbust with the trialing dots image in Moonstruck ink - second generation because 1st was way too dark. I added that on with the brayer here and there, maybe 2 times to deepen the textured of the brayered background.


Finally, I direct stamped a couple of the small starburst image I'm using as a snowflake in Petal Ink. Then I cut off three 3/4" chunks of my newly brayered starry night sky and created the pleated ribbon effect on my card front, complete with a pierced stitch-line along the edges of the "ribbon". 

I used that image randomly across the card background too, each time filling the center with Glitter Glitz and topping it off with a Bitty Sparkle. I topped off hte card with part of the Celebrate banner, trimmed out and attached with foam tape on one side for dimension.



Whew! Writing it out it sounds like a lot, but it actually came together pretty quickly. To make this card en masse for Christmas, I'd just brayer a whole 12 x 12 sheet of CS and cut it apart all at once. Same for the random stamped snowflake background - no need to stamp each card front. Sweet!

Now "Hop" on over to LISA'S BLOG to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants in the hop to get some great crafty ideas for more fun projects! Remember, the July SOTM is only available until the last day of the month. Be sure to ask your CTMH Consultant how to get yours FREE (or click here).
 
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11 comments:

Paige Dolecki said...

What a creative use for this set! Beautiful Christmas card!

Paige

Terrie in AZ said...

Love your "out of the box" creation. Don't you just love it when something jumps out at you!

Krista Ritskes said...

Wendy, this is just fabulous, stunning! I love it. Consider it lifted.

Jill (Scrap Wench) said...

That is amazingly creative to use this set for a Christmas card!

Diana said...

I love this card. You could use this for weddings!!

Mary Eisen said...

great idea for the stars!

Helen Onulak said...

WOW - what a great way to think out-of-the-box and show great versatility for this stamp set. Opens up a world of possibilities!

Haley D. said...

Way to think outside the star, I mean, box! Your card is so clever. I saw a little snowflake in the stamp you used, but I never saw the tree hiding in the star. I am definitely going to have to try this for myself! Thanks for the inspiration.

Kathleen said...

Now that is a very clever idea -- using this for a Christmas set--well, there are lots of stars!

Vickie Tagatz said...

You have created a great card!

Nancy said...

Love your creativity!!!

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