We’ve come to the end of the month but not the end of my Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalogue sneak peeks. There’s a few more days to wait until the Mini Catalogue goes live on August 3rd, but still lots more to see. Today I want to introduce you to the new Angels Of Peace Stamp Set.
As soon as I saw the tall angel in the Angels Of Peace Stamp Set I knew it would look great on a bookmark. I have a few different ideas for this but I wanted to start with a simple but stunning idea using heat embossing. First though I needed to prepare the bookmark base.
I began with a 2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Thick Basic White Card placed on my Stamparatus stamp positioning platform. Then I laid the tall angel stamp face down on top of the card and picked it up with the hinged plate. Next I inked the stamp surface using a Smoky Slate ink pad and stamped the angel onto the bookmark. But I wasn’t finished yet, so I left the bookmark and the stamp in place on the Stamparatus. All I did was gently wipe the ink off the stamp surface with a Simply Shammy.
Now I needed to colour in the angel image using Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers but it was essential to not move the bookmark. I used Ivory for the face, neck and hand and dark Balmy Blue for the bird. On her dress I used lines of light Soft Sea Foam, leaving some areas uncoloured. For the angel wings I chose light Smoky Slate, but as with her dress I coloured around the details and left areas of white. Finally I used a combination of light and dark Cinnamon Cider for her hair.
TIP – The alcohol in the Stampin’ Blends can react with heat embossing causing it to dull. So I use a two-step process when I want to colour an embossed image…. 1. Stamp and colour, 2. Stamp and emboss.
Now the first stamp and colour process was complete I could move onto stage two, stamp and emboss
This process relies on leaving the stamped piece and the stamp exactly in place on the Stamparatus.
Using a VersaMark ink pad I inked up the angel stamp that I’d left on the hinged plate. Then because I hadn’t moved the bookmark, when I closed the plate I was able to stamp in exactly the same place on the coloured angel.
Now I could remove the bookmark from the Stamparatus, sprinkle the sticky ink with gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tap off the excess. There were a few stray specks of embossing powder so I removed them before continuing.
Next I used VersaMark ink to stamp a sentiment below the angel image. From the Angels Of Peace Stamp Set I chose “Sometimes angels are just good people with kind hearts”. I sprinkled gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder onto the sentiment, tapped off the excess and removed some stray specks. Finally I melted all the embossing powder using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
Suddenly my simple colouring had come to life.
All I had left to do was add an oval hole at the top of the bookmark with the Detailed Trio Punch. Then I cut three 6″ pieces of gold twine from the Simply Elegant Trim pack. I folded the twine in half, poked the loops through the hole, and passed the ends of the twine through the loops. As the twine has a bit of a memory I fixed a Mini Glue Dot above the hole on the bookmark before pulling the twine ends to tighten them. Finally I pressed the twine onto the Mini Glue Dot to make sure they stayed in place. With that my bookmark was complete.
I adore how this project turned out. The simple subtle colouring is just enough to add interest but doesn’t overshadow the gold embossing. What do you think?
ANGELS OF PEACE
I love that this the Angels Of Peace Stamp Set contains sentiments and images that make this set usable all year round. I have lots more ideas using the tall angel and the kneeling angel child too. Watch out for those in future blog posts.
In the meantime, here’s a look at the complete stamp set.