After a break from blogging through the holidays, Retro Rubber Challenge Blog has a new challenge ready for our creativity! And in North America, the challenge is quite seasonal. It’s to use snow in your project! And, believe me, when I finished my card, it was very timely! We were experiencing mixed precipitation in Atlanta, GA. It ended up being mostly sleet with a dusting of snow. It was a very nice excuse to stay indoors and cook or craft to my heart’s content. Although I did not witness the snowflakes (it spit snow long after I went to bed!), I enjoyed watching one of my fur babies frolic in the driveway snow while the other looked on with dismay.
Actually this was my third attempt for a “snowflake” card! My first (which I will show below) was an identical stamp image used by one of our other RRCB designers. So I went back to my stash of older stamp sets and found a winner. The stamp set is called “Snowflakes” and the stamps have a 2001 image label. In checking Splitcoaststampers, I learned that the set retired in May 2006. That is probably the year that I purchased this set.
I must admit that I was more pleased with my first shaker card using this stamp set… except for one major detail. I had added too much shaker material. You literally could not read the sentiment inside the shaker area. Back to the drawing board for attempt #3.
- The shaker is framed by die cuts using the retired Festive Flurry Framelits. I die cut 3 panels (Dapper Denim, Whisper White, Basic Black) and layered them to give some shading and dimension. Clear acetate was adhered behind the panel after it was dry embossed with the Softly Falling textured impressions emboss folder.
- The backdrop for the snowflakes and sentiment uses the resist emboss technique. Images were stamped in VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I sponged a variety of blue inks, added foam tape, shaker material and the top layer.
- The shaker panel was applied to slightly larger panel of silver foil paper and finally to a whisper white cardstock base of 6 x 5’1/2.” The metal snowflake accessory has a rhinestone jewel and is attached with retired silver twine. The ribbon is from this year’s Sale-A-Bration products, 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack. (Note… you will LOVE this particular ribbon. Don’t delay getting some!)
I promised a picture of my initial card for this challenge…
Guidelines for a Retro Rubber Challenge Blog challenge entry…
- The stamp must be at least one year old,
- You must tell us how long you have had the stamp or its age.
- Do not link your new project to more than 9 additional challenges.
Remember, the primary purpose for this blog challenge is to use and breathe life into our older stash of stamp sets. Many of these are retired and unavailable for purchase except through individuals who wish to sell their retired stamp sets. These stamps were purchased originally because there was something in the set that spoke to our heart. You can give them a chance to speak once again. And speaking of retired older sets, please take a look at my retired sets for sale. You just might find something that speaks to you.
RRCB # 54 color inspiration challenge starts today and ends on January 27th. Have you been by the challenge blog to see my teammates inspiration projects? Come on by. We are so looking forward to seeing you in our gallery.
If you have any questions about my project, please let me know by comment or email.
Have fun stamping,