Friday, September 11, 2009

Cheers To You

When I decided to post this card, I thought that I really should have posted this on Tuesday as many parents celebrated the first day of school! Many of my Facebook friends are celebrating! I guess my mom celebrated too when my sister and I went back to school, but she kept it to herself, I'm sure.

This card is another one that we did at this past weekend's Stamp, Play and Create. I picked this card for a couple of reasons, first, Labor Day reflects the end of the summer and I thought we needed something bright and secondly, many people celebrate so I'm sure there were many drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) consumed! Me? I stamped, played and created on my Labor Day and it was heavenly!! While the focal image is small, is packs a wallop! I'll break down for you what we did!

1. Stamped the image using Staz On Jet Black ink onto the Whisper White cardstock. Why did I use Staz On? First, I love the way it smells (but don't sniff it - it says that right on the stamp pad!! he he). Secondly, I was using a Yoyo Yellow marker and when you use Yoyo Yellow with Basic Black, it smears the Basic Black. Did you know that? I learned some time ago that many people use their Yoyo Yellow stamp pads to clean off the Basic Black stains on their stamps. There is something in the make-up of the Yoyo Yellow that does this -- JUST the Yoyo Yellow.

2. Color in the image using Stampin' Write Markers.

3. I used Frost White Shimmer Paint and painted it onto the drink and the lime slice using a paint brush. It's hard to see in the picture, but it adds such a nice shimmer to the image!!!

4. On the umbrella, I applied Two Way Glue and then the wonderful Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.

5. On the bottom of the class and stem, I applied Crystal Effects. How did I get the Crystal Effects on the stem? Easy peasy! I put the Crystal Effects on the base of the glass and then just spread it out using an old Paper Piercer. Make sure you wipe off the Paper Piercer immediately so the Crystal Effects doesn't harden. Other things to use to spread the Crystal Effects are a hat pin (thanks Dena) and toothpicks (non-colored). I'm sure you can suggest other things you can use!

All these elements really make the focal image just pop right out!!!!

Enjoy this upcoming weekend and I hope you have a little time to stamp!!!

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