Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Happy Birthday, Cupcake

I finally had a chance to play with the Sweet Cupcake bundle and, oh my, it's a lot of fun! It's three-step stamping and the photopolymer stamps make it easy to line things up. (I have plans for using the icing "squiggle" that comes in the coordinating Cupcake Cutouts Framelits dies on some Christmas cards, but I'll share that another day....let's just say the Holiday catalog is full of sweet surprises!)

The background was done with the watercolor "smoosh" technique. You take an acrylic block, tap the ink colors you want to use on it (Pool Party, and Bermuda Bay used here), then lightly spritz it with water and smoosh it onto your watercolor paper. While it's still wet you can move the ink around if you want. I blew some of the drops around, then used the Heat Tool on low to dry it. It's really a fun technique, and no two will look alike. Makes for fabulous one-of-a-kind cards!

Here's the "How To"
Watercolor Paper 3" x 4-1/4"
Bermuda Bay 1-3/8" x 5-1/4"
DSP 4" x 5-1/4" (I used retired It's My Party; you can sub any Mint Macaron DSP)
Whisper White scrap for stamping cupcake and frosting
Card base Whisper White Thick 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored and folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Stamp #1 frosting with Watermelon Wonder. Stamp #2 frosting with Flirty Flamingo. Stamp #3 frosting with Flirty Flamingo, stamped off once. Die cut and set aside.
  2. Stamp #1 cupcake with Watermelon Wonder, #2 with Peekaboo Peach, and #3 with Daffodil Delight. Die cut and set aside.
  3. Tap Pool Party and Bermuda Bay ink pads on acrylic block, mist lightly with water-filled spritzer and press onto watercolor paper. Set aside to dry, or use Heat Tool to speed things along. Stamp greeting at top.
  4. Adhere Bermuda Bay strip to DSP, and watercolor paper on top. Wrap gold ribbon around; fastening ends to back. Tie a bow and attach with Glue Dot.
  5. Adhere DSP to card base. Make several loops of gold thread and attach with Glue Dot.
  6. Use Stampin' Dimensionals to Attach cupcake and frosting, and add some shimmer to the frosting with Clear Wink of Stella.
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