Happy Monday to you! This week I will be working on samples using the new Sweet Ice Cream bundle. This bundle includes the 18 piece stamp set and the matching punch.
There are so many cute cards that can be made with this bundle especially if you also purchase the matching Designer Series Paper!
I have not purchased the DSP yet because I tend to hoard it instead of actually using it. I’m not sure why it feels like I’m cutting off a limb when I cut into the DSP, but it does. I always think it is so pretty just the way it is. Or worse yet, I think, what if the card comes out ugly and I wasted the pretty paper on an ugly card (gasp)!
I am working on getting over this fear and am looking for ways to do it. Any ideas in the comments would be awesome! (Not to mention you could win today’s project! Winner will be announced on Wednesday 01-13-2021.) I did find that the 6″ x 6″ DSP papers were easier to cut into and use versus the 12″ x 12″ paper, so maybe I just need to pre-cut the paper to workable size. Today I saw someone who cut all of her 12″ x 12″ paper to 5-1/4″ x4″ card front size when she gets the pack and files it in a plastic container ready to use! Maybe that’s an option. I think I will try this with one of my retired DSP packs and see how it works for me.
For this card I used the wonderful new Blending Brushes, on page 70 in the new January-June 2021 Mini Catalog. I blended ink on the left over strips of white cardstock I get when I make my 5-1/4″ x 4″ card fronts. Once I colored the strips, I glued them down to a card front and trimmed the edges to make a fun rainbow background for the ice cream cone.
Using the punch, I punched out the ice cream cone and scoops in white. I used the blending brushes and ink to color these as well. Then, I stamped the cone stripes on.
Since I always have scraps, I used a scrap of Balmy Blue for the sentiment. I stamped it in Balmy Blue then cut the banner edges and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop it up.
The Blending Brushes give this card such a soft, sweet feel.
On a side note, I used the blending brushes on a glass mat. The glass mat helps keep the ink available for the brush to grab as you make the circling motion to get the color on the paper. I clean the glass mat between colors using a microfiber washcloth and hand sanitizer. Easy clean up and hardly any dry time!