Monday, July 23, 2012

Castle Combe Christmas

It's Christmas in July, so time to make something winter-themed. :D

That, and I wanted to enter this month's challenge at Crafter's Companion.  And while I've entered my mom's birthday present, I'm not sure it really qualifies since it's not technically a stamp (though the CD *is* found under a stamps category, so we'll see).  Thankfully, I found out that I can enter up to three times, and I've been wanting to do something with this stamp anyway, so...

I decided to use the Castle Combe Art-Kure stamp and a winter themed embossing folder from Cuttlebug, then cut the center out of the resulting embossed section to make a window to peek through.

I'd intended to color the stamp with my tombow markers (I don't have any spectrum noir and don't know if I even like alcohol markers), but I discovered that I had something wrong.  Pigment ink is not the same as archival.  The black ink pad I have is not water proof.  This makes coloring with markers difficult.

So I tried with my prismacolors, but colored pencil just wasn't quite strong enough for this one.

I thought about leaving it black and white, but liked the effect of color.

What I ultimately ended up with is discovering that my sakura glaze pens didn't smear the ink for some reason.  And, I learned you can somewhat blend them (though not to the level you can with tombow markers or what I've seen with spectrum noir or letraset).  Enough for what I wanted, at least.

So I colored it with glaze pens, used three different glues to apply the polar white flowersoft, then added a touch of glitter to some of the embossing.  The three glues?  The flowersoft glue goes down heavier so I used it for where I wanted the thickest snow.  Then my quilling glue gave the next best dimension, and finally used the sakura quickie glue pen for the flattest areas of snow.  I also used the sakura glue pen for applying the glitter.

What I've learned...

I need a new ink pad, for one.  Glitter gets EVERYWHERE for two. And I love flowersoft. :D


  1. Oh my stars ~ this is gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for taking our challenge at the Crafter's Companion Challenge blog!!

    1. Thank you! :) And thanks for having the challenge.

  2. WOW!! This is beautiful!! love what you did with the coloring. Excellent job! and thank you for playing in the challenge, good luck.

  3. Beautiful card. It makes me long for winter. Thank you for joining us for the Crafter's Companion challenge.

  4. Gorgeous project!! Thanks for joining in the challenge this month on the crafters companion usa challenge blog

  5. OMG!! This is super duper gorgeous. I love it. Thanks for playing over at Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog.