Hi crafty friends! I’m excited, scared, and hovering three inches above the ground today because I have some super-duper exciting news to share with you: A few weeks ago, Michele of Purple Onion Designs asked me if I wanted to guest for her this month! Duh. That’s a question that can only have one possible answer, which is a slightly hysterical “YES!”.
And to make this exciting for you: Purple Onion Designs is having a SALE from Aug 14-Aug 28. All stamps will be 25% off including the stamps in the clearance section. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to finally grab all the incredible images you’ve always wanted!
As you might know, POD is one of my favorite stamp shops. My favorite line is by designer Stacey Yakula, but there are also other brands in the store that appeal to me. The stamps are red rubber stamps which come unmounted (which is great for postage) and shipping overseas is super fast and affordable (for all my peeps here in Europe, this is great news!).
I love wine. I live in the vicinity of Stuttgart, Germany, and even inside the city, you can see vineyards almost from everywhere. Where I live, it only takes a 10 minute walk to be right inside the vineyards. It’s autumn here, so in a few more weeks, the grapes are going to be ripe enough to … cough sample cough. And of course I love wine in its bottled form … oh, and the wine festivals here, they are heavenly!
So, it’s no surprise that I just had to have the Wine Shop set from Purple Onion Designs. It’s a huge set, with multiple images and oh so many sentiments, some of them a little tongue-in-cheek, which appeals to me.
In this video, I’m showing you how to stamp with red rubber stamps and position them perfectly on a card and how to color with Inktense pencils:
The challenge with rubber stamps is: you can’t see through them, like you can with clear stamps. That can make it a bit tricky to position them on a card – you can usually wing it, but if you’re doing a CAS card, positioning the stamps properly becomes super important. That’s where a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig comes in handy. You can probably rig something up yourself, but this tool cost me around €10, and it’s helped me so much I consider it a great investment.
As you can see from the coloring, Inktense pencils require you to work in layers, so using watercolor friendly paper is paramount – even if you are not using a lot of water (my brush is usually damp, not wet). But regular paper like Neenah or even SSS heavy card stock might not do the trick for you here. Also, you can just create a panel from watercolor card stock; I just wanted a one layer card, so that’s why my entire card base it made out of watercolor paper.
I hope you enjoyed this project for Purple Onion Designs. Remember that this particular set comes with more images and a ton of sentiments, so if you are a wine lover, give it a closer look!
I’ll be back throughout the duration of the sale to lead you into temptation again and again. I’ll be merciless, but considering the deal you get, I have no bad conscience at all 😉
Off goes this card to the following challenges as well: Addicted to Stamps and More, which is asking that we “Make Our Mark”.