Yesterday was my nephew’s 24th birthday! He’s such a great kid!!! (I still think of him as a kid.) He moved to Florida about a year ago, has a great job with Northrop as an engineer, and just bought his first house. Wow!!! Talk about a success story. We’re all so proud of him.
Last summer, I made a card with the Mixed Drinks stamp set that my sister really loved, and thinking my nephew would like it, she suggested making a similar one for his birthday. So, I took her advice with a few enhancements. Specifically, instead of watercoloring the drinks, I used the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol based markers.
The BEST news is that all the Stampin’ Blends Markers will be available to customers to purchase on November 1st!!! Yippee! That’s right around the corner.
These markers offer a great alternative for coloring your stamped images. They are EASY to use and FUN and VERY ADICTING!!! I knew I was going to love them, so I went ahead and bought the whole set last month when demonstrators were allowed to pre-order.
I stamped all the images with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. It is very important to use Memento ink with alcohol markers like the Stampin’ Blends to ensure the ink does not smear. Each color of Stampin’ Blends comes with two markers, a light and a dark. I like to start coloring with the darker marker and then I go over it with the light marker to blend. Finally, I use the Color Lifter marker to remove color for highlights. I encourage you to order some and start playing to figure out your preferred method of coloring. You’ll discover that they are a lot of fun to use!
After coloring all the drinks, I cut them out with scissors so I could overlap them on my background.
Speaking of my background, did you notice the stitched rectangle? Obviously, this is not a shape provided with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. So, how did I do that? Well, it’s not too hard. I used the largest square Stitched Shape Framelit Die and ran it through the Big Shot twice to form a rectangle. To prevent the die from cutting on one side, I moved the glass so that it only covered three sides of the framelit. Then, I did the reverse for the other side. Amazingly, even my stitching on the bottom lined up. It worked perfectly!
All the sentiments are from the Mixed Drinks stamp set, except the Happy Birthday, which I stole from the Sunshine Sayings set.
Supplies used on my card:
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Have a wonderful and creative day!