Celebrate!

Celebrate!

I suppose I could make an obscure reference to “May the Fourth,” but I won’t. I have seen all the Star Wars movies, though. I saw the early ones with my younger brother, and went on dates with my older son to see the latest releases. It’s fun getting some time with him. Wes and I often go to lunch with Amelia, so the movies have provided a chance to spend some time with Jon – just the two of us. However, I’m not a huge Sci-Fi lover, and I sometimes (although not often) confuse Star Wars and Star Trek. I know. Sacrilege.

I try to make all the cards Mike needs for real estate closings. Now that he’s really busy, sometimes I don’t know about them until the night before. And that was the case with this one.

Balloon Celebration, Stampin' Up!

Mike asked, “Hey, do you have a card I can use for a closing?” Woot! Another chance to use Lemon Lime Twist. But it was late, and I needed something fast.

I embossed a Whisper White panel with the Celebrations Duo embossing folder. Perhaps I should say, “debossing folder,” because that’s what it does. Instead of raising the words, it lowers them. Then you can stamp over it without (much) ink getting into the sentiment. I was in a hurry, and got a little more ink in there than I wanted. My dear friend Susan has perfected stamping over the debossed image. I need to take lessons, but I’m not sure if it would be lessons in stamping or in patience (or both!).

My color palette for the Balloon Celebration balloons was Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, and Dapper Denim. Or maybe Tranquil Tide. I know I’ve been wanting to use Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist, and Dapper Denim together, so I’m pretty sure those are the inks I used. The card has been delivered and it’s been several days since I made it, so I can’t be positive. I’ve had either a head cold or bad allergies this week, so the past few days are a bit of a blur. But I digress…

I always like to know a little about the family the card is going to, and Mike mentioned that they were younger (mid-30’s, which is “younger” to us) and that the wife loved glitter. So much, in fact, that she wanted to paint the house with “glitter paint.” (Her husband balked at this. I’m not sure why.) Since I’m a serious glitter lover myself, I had a blast finishing their card. I decided to stamp the balloon “shadows” in versamark, then add glitter using Heat & Stick Powser over the stamped areas. (I’m going to need a moment here. I love Heat & Stick Powder, and it was discontinued for the 2017-18 Annual Catalog. So sad.) I also stamped stars from the Balloon Celebration set on the Bermuda Bay card and glittered them with Heat & Stick powder as well.

In case you don’t know, Heat & Stick works like embossing powder. Stamp with a pigment ink, sprinkle on H&S powder, shake off the excess, and heat just until the powder melts. Any longer than that, and it will lose its stickiness. (And whatever you do, don’t check to see if it’s sticky, because that will nullify the adhering properties as well.) Then simply sprinkle on your Stampin’ Glitter; I used Dazzling Diamonds. I know we have other “glitter” options, but nothing looks like Dazzling Diamonds. Nothing. And, sadly, I didn’t capture the “Ahhhhhhhh!” effect of this card in the photo. (Or, “Arrrrrrgggggh!” if you one of those sad people who aren’t glitter lovers.) One nice thing about the Heat & Stick powder is that the glitter stays where you put it, so you don’t have stray bits flying around.

As a final glimmer measure, I used Clear Wink of Stella to color inside the “Celebrate.” But Stella just isn’t as outgoing as other shimmery products, so you don’t really see it. I think she’s a tad camera shy.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy – and for hanging in there until the end of my head-clogged ramblings. Have a wonderful day!

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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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One Response to Celebrate!

  1. debsmart says:

    Oh, the new homeowner (wife) will love your glittery addition to your card, Buffy! So pretty – I love the new In Colours.

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