Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Picket Fence Studios July Release


It's the 14th of the month, which means it's time for a new release from Picket Fence Studios.  I'm excited to share my samples with you (And this month I'm sharing a craft FAIL, and how it was saved!).  But, first, here is a quick peek of the entire release.

My hubby and I are both huge fans of Halloween and Christmas.  We decorate outside of our house like crazy for both holidays, I try to dress up most years to hand out candy to trick or treaters, and I make tons of Christmas goodies for friends and neighbors.  So, it makes sense that Halloween and Christmas releases are some of my favorite stamp releases each year.  

As always, I have several cards to share with you, today, using these new products.  All of the products used in these cards will be listed at the bottom of this post, for reference. 

Card #1 | Most Wonderful Time of the Year

When I first saw the Jack-O-Lantern Stamp, this card instantly sprang to mind.  This is one of the 3.5"x 3.5" stamps from Picket Fence Studios, that can be repeated, by stamping the image side by side.  So, I lined it up in my MISTI, and stamped it - twice to cover the entire card front - onto Deep Lilac card stock, with VersaMark ink, and heat embossed it in gold. 

Once the image was cooled, I used a small sofft sponge slipper to apply 930.5 Bronze PanPastel to the Jack-O-Lanterns.  Any mistakes were quickly removed with a pink eraser.  I set that panel aside, and stamped and gold heat embossed the sentiment from the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Stamp Set onto Black Licorice card stock.  With the pumkins, I think this sentiment takes a playful, yet a little sinister, turn.  I adhered the panels together, and trimmed everything down to card front size.

The card front was adhered to a white card base.  A little Black Licorice Twine, and a few rhinestones finished this card off. 

Card #2 | Magic is Real

The Autumn Harvest Stamp, is another that can be used to create repeating backgrounds.  For this card, I stamped the image - twice to cover the card front - in Black Hybrid Ink, onto River Stone card stock. I added a border at the top and bottom of Citrus Cooler card stock to bring in a little color.

The sentiment came from the Inside Quotes Christmas Stamp Set.  The stamp I used actually reads "Christmas Magic is Real", but I was easily able to mask off the Christmas portion, to stamp and gold heat emboss the rest of the sentiment onto Black Licorice card stock.  I adhered this onto the card front with foam tape.  

The card front was attached to a black card base, and then a few Black Magic Sequins were added to finish the card. 

Card #3 | Baby It's Cold Outside

For this card, I used the Flower of Life Stencil on top of a piece of white card stock.  The stencil was held in place by a little Pixie Spray on the back side.  I used a Life Changing Blending Brush, to blend Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink through the stencil, fading it out just over the halfway point on the card stock.  

I then stamped the gnomes from the Baby It's Cold Outside Stamp Set, in Whisper Ink, and colored them in with Prismacolor Pencils.  The sentiment, was stamped at the bottom of the panel with  Lavender Fusion Ink.  

The card front was adhered to a white mat, then a white card base.  As a final touch, I applied a little Nuvo Shimmer to the snow drifts beneath the gnomes.  

Card #4 | Believe

This card was another that popped into my head as soon as I saw the stamp set.  I began by stamping the full tree image from the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Stamp Set, in Fresh Forest ink, onto Denim Days card stock.  I briefly heat set the ink, as well as generously used my Embossing Magic bag over the ink, before stamping the detailed layer in VersaMark, and white heat embossing it.  

I cut a free hand wave into some painters tape, to use as a mask along the bottom of the card.  I applied Whip Cream ink below the mask.  Once the mask was removed, I applied Scattered Straw, Picked Raspberry, and Peacock Feathers Inks around the tree to create the colorful sky background.  I tapped on some Sparkle Silk, as well as creating a few dots with my white gel pen to add the stars.  

Once all the inks were set, I stamped and heat embossed the star at the top of the tree in gold.  I also stamped and gold heat embossed the sentiment onto a strip of vellum. The vellum wrapped around the card front, and then the card front was attached to a white card base. 

Card #5 Be Good for Goodness' Sake

This finished card is nothing like I planned. The changes to the original plan, were the result of a massive craft fail.  I began with stamping the Santa image from the Believe in the Magic Stamp Set in Barely There ink, and coloring it in with Prismacolor Pencils. 

Here's where this card had a massive fail.  After finishing my coloring, I set the image aside while I stamped the Reindeer Games Stamp, onto white card stock, with Candy Apple ink.  

I lost control of the ink pad. 

It flew out of my hand, somersaulted through the air, and landed - PAD DOWN - onto my colored image. 

Now, if you've worked with red ink, you know it stains.  

Like, a LOT.  It's permanent on paper.  

There was no removing it, and trying to do so was simply going to smear it further.

I'm a slow colorer, so it had taken me a long time to get Santa the way I wanted, and in just a millisecond it was ruined.  I was devastated, and had to walk away from the craft room. 

After a while had passed, I was able to come back and complete this card - though with a little layout change.  I stamped the Believe in the magic sentiment in Black Hybrid Ink onto a piece of white card stock, then stamped the Be Good sentiment beneath it in Candy Apple ink - making certain to move EVERY finished element off my desk to a safe spot first!  I die cut the sentiment panel, and then laid the die onto a piece of Black Licorice card, and used a craft knife around the outside edge to create the black frame.  Then I layered the pieces together onto the Reindeer background, with Santa peeking up from the bottom of the card, and nearly all of the red trimmed off! 

I matted the card front with some Candy Apple card stock, and attached it to a white card base.  A few Gin and Tonic Sequins added a little sparkle to finish off the card. 

Card # 6 | Have a Holly Jolly

For my final card, I used the Santa image from the Believe in the Magic Stamp Set again.  This time, I stamped Santa in River Stone ink onto Tin Pail card stock.  I added some light shading with Prismacolor Pencils, mostly focusing on adding a little pink to his cheeks, a red tint to the hat, and white to his hair and the trim on the hat. 

I set that panel aside, while I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment onto Cool Pool card stock, that I cut a fish tail banner on one end.  I adhered that to the card front with foam tape, on top of a strip of Black Licorice Sparkle Tape that was cut at an angle.  

Rather than matting the card front with straight edges, I off set it onto a mat of Bubble Gum card stock.  The card front was attached to a white card base, and Gin and Tonic Sequins were added to complete the card. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:

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