Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ice Cream Dream

Hello an welcome to June's stamp of the month blog hop! This month's stamp set is Ice Cream Dream, a set of 7 fun stamps that I can't wait to use on all kinds of projects.  If you've come here from Judy Burger's blog, or if you're just starting out, you are in the right place.  Just hop around our approximately 50 participating blogs until you're back where you started.

For my first project with this stamp set, I made a birthday card for my ice-cream loving 14-year-old daughter. It was perfect, since we planned to give her money this year.

I used the Bokeh technique for the background (more on that at the end), and simply stamped the sentiment in black on it. On a scrap of White Daisy, I stamped the ice cream cone twice using Black pigment ink. I gave it a quick blast with my heat gun to make sure it was completely dry before coloring it with my alcohol markers. (I used Copic markers, but if you are looking for a more economical option, our ShinHan markers are a great alternative!)

After coloring the ice cream of one image and the cone of the other image, I cut them out. I cut the entire image with the cone colored, and only the ice cream of the other image. I mounted the ice cream on the cone using thin 3-D foam adhesive.  I then applied Liquid Glass to the surface of the ice cream and, while still wet, sprinkled on some chunky gold glitter to make it look a bit like her favorite Drumsticks.

I mounted my background on a black mat, then a Gypsy mat, then on to the card base. Once the Liquid Glass on the ice cream cone was dry, I adhered it to the background using more thin 3-D foam adhesive.

If you'd like to shop, here are the supplies I used:

Stamp Pads in Gypsy, Thistle, and Cotton Candy
Basics Mini Pigment Ink Set
White Daisy Pigment Ink Stamp Pad
Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Liquid Glass
Sponge Daubers
Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
Cardstock in Black, Gyspy, and White Daisy

Bokeh Tutorial:

The Bokeh technique is super easy! All you need are a few items:
  • White Daisy cardstock
  • stamp pads in 2-3 colors for background
  • white pigment ink stamp pad
  • sponge daubers
  • circle templates in various sizes - you can make your own using stiff plastic from product packaging and some circle punches (or a Cricut, etc.)

Step 1 - use sponge daubers and your colored stamp pads to randomly place colors on  the white cardstock. Let dry or blast with a heat gun.

Step 2 - Using the circle templates and a sponge dauber, sponge the white pigment ink randomly on the background. Be sure to overlap some and run some off the edges for a natural look. Let dry or blast with a heat gun.

That's it! Can you believe how easy that is?!

I'd love to hear what you think of this project before you go. Now, let's hop along to Maria Myers' blog and see what fabulous project she has for us this month. I'm looking forward to seeing all the ideas this month!
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