I have something other than a Christmas card for you today (hooray you say!). I have a lovely friend who wanted to make a spinner card with the 'Fairy Celebration' stamp set, so I was happy to take up the challenge. This lovely stamp set is in the Annual Catalogue and is fabulous for those who (like me) love colouring and of course, fairies. It comes in either wood mount or clear mount and is a set of 9 stamps.
I love spinner cards too; it is fabulous seeing the whirling and twirling and very hard to put down! This is the card I came up with.
I have used the largest image as the focus of my spinner card, colouring it with Copic markers. I cropped the image with a circle framelit and then added it to a Melon Mambo circle. I then chose another circle framelit that would be approximately 1cm (3/8") larger and used that to work out the size of Melon Mambo square. I have stamped fairy dust across the top and half way down the sides and then heat embossed it in silver for lots of sparkle and added the greeting to the bottom edge
I added the Melon Mambo square to the thick Whisper White base card using the 1/8" foam strips. The strips need to be edge to edge all the way around the square for a firm finish and also around the centre circle, ensuring it is about 6mm (1/4") in from the edge so it doesn't interfere with the spinner mechanism. Once the Melon Mambo square is attached to the card base, centre the coloured fairy in the space. To attach, place a strip of the foam tape all the way around the underneath edge of the stamped and matted circle, ensuring it is 6mm (1/4") in from the edge.
I have coloured and fussy cut the small fairy image and added it to my washer mechanism. (I have previously explained how to make the washer mechanism in this blog post.) It doesn't show up very well in the photo, but I have added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the wings of both fairies and it is very sparkly in real life.
For the inside, I have stamped the third fairy image in the top corner of the writing panel and coloured it with Copics. I added the checked Melon Mambo washi at the bottom and topped it with the narrow silver washi from the Year of Cheer Specialty set. A mat of Melon Mambo was added to the writing panel and attached to the inside of the card. The final size of the card is 13.7cm square (5 3/8") so it fits nicely into a 14cm square envelope.
Here is a view from the top. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. If you've never made a spinner card, then please give it a try.
|Card stock & Papers||Whisper white, Melon Mambo|
|Ink||Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark|
|Accessories||Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Basics Pack 1 Washi, Year of Cheer Specialty Washi|
|Tools||Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot, 1/8" Foam Strips, Dimensionals, 1/2" Circle punch, 1/4" Circle punch, Copic markers, Silver EP, Heat gun|
Finally, I'm delighted that Stampin' Up! will be releasing their own alcohol markers very soon (actual date still to be announced). The markers are called Stampin' Blends and come in 12 colours, featuring a light and dark marker in each colour. There is also an ivory and bronze marker for skin tones and a colour lifter. The light and dark markers can be purchased as a combo pack and all of the markers will also be available individually. The lid design on these markers has been modified to ensure that there is no evaporation of the ink. One of benefits of being a Demonstrator is that I get to order these markers first and in fact they just arrived yesterday, so I'm looking forward to giving them a work out. Here are few of the benefits of these markers, as I see it:
- There is a lovely range of colours that match the Stampin' Up card stock and embellishments perfectly.
- These markers are very easy to use, giving a smooth layer of colour on Whisper White card stock.
- The light and dark markers allow you to add depth and shading to your coloured images, without it being tricky or complicated.
- The colour lifter allows you to remove colour if you go outside the lines (love this!).
- The marker has a brush tip and fine tip, which is great for colouring large areas and fine details.
I'll be back soon with some projects using my Stampin' Blends!
Thanks for looking!