Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Thailand Achievers Blog Hop - Colorful Seasons Sneak Peak (and a Technique)

Hello My Friends. 
Boy do I ever have a treat for you today!  Because our Thailand-Achievers blog hop is highlighting sneak peeks from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue – that YOU can order beginning on June 1.  That’s only a week away.  Trust me, you will want pretty much everything in this catalogue!   

You may be starting at my blog - Cynthia Millan - or perhaps you've already hopped around?  Either way, make sure you check the list at the bottom of this post and visit all of the blogs because my very talented friends from around the world have some delightful creations to share with you. 
As for me, I have a gorgeous card to show you, and am also revisiting a super-cool technique since Stampin' Up! is going to be carrying Glossy cardstock again.  Yes, you heard me correctly.  We FINALLY have Glossy cardstock again.  You are going to want to order yours right away since there are so many fun techniques that use this product.
Moving on to my card and the new Colorful Seasons Bundle…..Full disclosure- Colorful Seasons is probably my favourite bundle in the new catalog and I expect you will see it on my blog.  A lot.  (and I do mean a LOT!) The stamps are gorgeous and the coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits are positively exquisite! On their own the stamps or dies are fantastic but together as a bundle they are downright phenomenal!
Now, for those of you who didn’t already know, I am a VERY proud Canadian, and 2017 just so happens to be Canada’s 150th birthday -- so the Maple leaf images and thinlits are going to get quite a workout from me this year.  More full disclosure…I already created a brilliant card for the occasion, but since the card is for a swap and my demo-friends have not received it yet, I don’t want to ruin the surprise.  You’re just going to have to wait to see it.

I also happen to be smitten with the Muskoka chair thinlit and outdoor lounge chair stamp from the set.  What great images for the hot summer to come.  And don’t even get me started on the Fall and Winter cards I will create with this luscious set!   

As for today, I used the branch and blossoms to create a simple but beautiful card.  Since all of the crabapple and cherry trees are in full bloom in Ottawa now, this looks a lot like the scene out my window today. The 3 blossoms can be die cut with either simple outline framelits or more detailed thinlits, or they can be stamped first and THEN cut out with the outline or detailed thinlits.  How fun, right?

I love the gorgeous new In Color, Fresh Fig.  It is just right for these blossoms and will be a go-to colour for me for a lot of upcoming projects.

My special sneak peek on this card is the background paper. Did you notice how shiny it is? Did you notice that it is various colours and looks like marble? No this is not designer paper, this is the result of the “Polished Stone” technique using Glossy cardstock.  Yee haw!  Hot Diggety!  (I warned you that I was excited to have glossy cardstock back, didn’t I?)
Glossy Cardstock, Rubbing Alcohol, ink and Cotton Balls

Drops of re-inker on an alcohol-saturated cotton ball

The Polished Stone technique is simple – just saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol (70% isopropyl alcohol), then spot on several drops of re-inker of your choice (I used 2 drops of Soft Sky, 2 drops of Pool Party, one drop of Bermuda Bay and and one drop of Pink Pirouette).   
Start splotching the cotton ball on the Glossy Cardstock

Splotch until the Glossy Cardstock is covered to your liking

Splotch the cotton ball all over the glossy cardstock and voila.  It is that simple.  The colours will run a bit and the edges will smooth out as the alcohol spreads into the cardstock and the colours will fade just a bit as it dries. 
Colours spread and fade as they dry

Close-Up of the marbled look of the Glossy Cardstock

What you are left with is a one-of-a-kind work of art! Essentially luscious Designer Paper that you created yourself!

Colorful Seasons Bundle, Glossy Cardstock, inks, stamps, Big Shots…you name it, I’d love to help you get it.   

If you live ANYWHERE in Canada then contact me or visit my online store   HERE, (if your order is less than $200, please use this hostess code at Checkout   Y99PJGMN) I would love to help you get your hands on these fabulous goodies!

Remember, just one more week!  Get your list ready so you can order on June 1.  Or send me your list and I will order for you.  Need a catalogue?  Let me know!  (Last Full disclosure of this post – I warn you now, when you get a catalogue, you will fall in love with EVERYTHING and want it all!).

Until then, thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy all the sneak peeks and don't forget to leave a comment when you see something you like.  Me and my stamping friends love to hear from you.

Have a wonderful week and God Bless you all.     Cynthia   <><
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  1. Im so excited that Glossy Cardstock is coming back in our new catalogue next week! Lots of techniques I had forgotten about (like polished stone!). Love your card x

    1. Thanks Linda - I have so many Glossy cardstock techniques I am dying to re-visit! Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your day and God Bless, Cynthia <><

  2. Thanks for reminding us about this fabulous background that can be made with our new glossy cardstock!! I miss polished stone. And your card is super pretty, Cynthia!

    1. Thanks Rachel. I love the softness of the background using this technique. Hope you are having a wonderful week! God Bless, Cynthia <><

  3. Very pretty card Cynthia and thanks for the tutorial. A great reminder of things we had all forgotten about and can now do again with new and returning products. Zx

    1. It's so fun when old products come back into our line up. So many things we can do with Glossy cardstock! I am very excited. Have a lovely day and God Bless, Cynthia <><

    2. Oh dear - haven't used this set yet - but yours is stunning! Thanks for sharing this cool technique!! LOVE it