My first love in stamping is a vintage, shabby look, but I am gaining a great appreciation for clean design, and even, horror of horrors, retro! (Hey, I was there. It wasn't that great!) Being a demo has helped stretch my tastes. Believe it or not, I have some customers who will never like pink and brown no matter how much I do. I try to have one clean or cute design and one more serious design for each workshop. This was one of the recent clean ones--nothing complicated or fussy. . . and NO sponging! (Brown was banished to the other table.)
I love the new Cool Caribbean card stock and ink; I'm already dreading the day when it goes away and wondering if I could somehow bargain to keep CC and trade away its grandfather, Taken with Teal. Something tells me that it won't happen. While I'm digressing about colors, I'd like to beg, pretty please, for a paler pink--the perfect shade for baby cards--something a smidgen pinker than Blush Blossom but paler than Pretty in Pink. I guess that I could threaten to buy that color in Bazzill. . . (Oh, yes, I bought two sheets. But I can't bear to cut them, because then I would not have two sheets!) Back to Cool Caribbean: it's a cool color, and if you don't have it, you should get it. It looks great with Real Red too. Check out this card to see that combo. (If you right click on a hyperlink, you can choose to open it in a new window.)
Tools and supplies used
Card stock: Whisper White, Cool Caribbean, Gable Green
Inks: Cool Caribbean (Gable Green on envelope also)
Tools: 1/8" hole punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1/3/8" circle punch, Mat Pack and paper piercing tool (to punch hole for mini brad) Also, I punched a larger circle, 1 5/8" with my Sizzix.
Accessories: Bold Brights mini brad, white grosgrain, celery grosgrain (The celery isn't a perfect match for Gable Green, but it's not bad. If perfection is your aim, then check out this cool ribbon dying tutorial on SCS by the talented Amy Rysavie!)
Stamps: Seeing Spots, Spot On jumbo wheel and handle
If you are among the wheel-challenged (if you typically get a dark image and and extra mark on one side of your wheeled pattern, but a light image on the other side), try standing up to wheel. If you are using a jumbo wheel, try holding it with a finger pressing down on either side of the wheel (to exert even pressure). On the jumbo wheel, you can even try a two-handed approach if your paper is adhered to your surface: hold the handle with both hands, and put a thumb on either side of the wheel to apply even pressure. It looks odd, but it works! SU has some excellent wheels out this year. You don't want to miss out on the fun!