Cold and Cuddly - and oh so Cute!

I just love this stamp set. This is just one of those sets which surprises you with its versatility. Anytime you want a fun, festive and cute stamp set for winter, you will find yourself reaching for it. This stamp set has a really cute wintery feel to it. It can be made as simple or as intricate as you want! If you purchase this set from my website, I will send you the tutorial for 3hree custom designed projects – 1 card, one gift-card holder, and one 6" x 6" scrapbook page. Included are photos and step by step instructions, including cutting dimensions.
Item 116525 on my website

Some techniques used in my Free with Purchase tutorial are heat embossing, sponging, and using the Stampin' Write Markers to create muti-colored stamped images.

Embossing powder is a powder which is held in place with a sticky ink (such as Versamark or Craft ink) and then it is melted using your heat tool to create a shiny, raised surface. The effect can be both elegant and whimsical. So if you really want to create a wow in your projects, then try out these products. They are guaranteed to please!

Contrary to popular belief there is an actual technique to achieving a well sponged look. For starters when you hold your Stamping Sponge, you want to pinch just the top section. If you are using a sponge dauber then it will be a simple matter of sticking your finger into it. Next you will ink up your Stamping Sponge/sponge dauber. If you want to achieve softer color then you will be tapping your Stamping Sponge/sponge dauber into the ink. If you want a more intense color then you will be rubbing it onto the surface of your ink. Once your sponge wedge is inked then you will move to your Card Stock. Starting off beside the CS, begin rubbing your sponge in a circular motion. Do not press hard, you want the sponge to be cushiony in between your fingers and the CS. Once you have gotten rid of the excess ink onto your grid paper, you are ready to move onto your CS. By beginning off the CS and moving onto the CS, you are preventing ink blots and streaks which can ruin the look of your work. When you have run out of color to sponge, simply re-ink your Stamping Sponge and begin the process again. In the case of the sponge dauber, you will follow the same process if you are inking the edges of your CS, but if you are working within an image, then you will simply tap off excess ink onto your grid paper before starting with your circular motion.

A great technique used in these projects is using Stampin’ Write markers for stamping a multicolored image (for the stepped up version of project number one). Some of the things you may want to consider is that it is better when doing multiple colors, to start with the lightest color first and then move on towards the darker colors. The reason behind this, is that it will minimize contamination of your lighter colored markers with the darker colors. Because it may take a little extra time to color these images in due to the color changes, you will not want to forget to huff on the image before stamping down. This will ensure that you have re-moistened the ink on your stamp. Also don’t forget that proper care should be taken when using the markers, so that the tips do not become frayed and bent. A sharp tip ensures control and detail for future use.

Please email me if you would like a list of all the supplies used for these projects, or you have questions about the techniques mentioned.

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