This week’s stamp set for the What Will You Stamp? challenge, WWYS190 Cauldron Bubble, really had me stumped. As a member of the Design Team, I’m supposed to come up with ideas but Halloween just isn’t my thing.
Finally after days of nothing I had an epiphany. In the kitchen. While I was making apple and tomato chutney. Why not use the cauldron for the tag on my chutney!
I started with the cauldron image from the Cauldron Bubble Stamp Set, stamped onto Thick Whisper White Card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I coloured the image with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. For the fire I used light and dark Daffodil Delight, light and dark Pumpkin Pie and light Real Red. For the cauldron, it was light and dark Smoky Slate.
Finally I coloured the contents of the cauldron with light and dark Crumb Cake. I managed to get some interest in the bubbles by scribbling odd marks with the dark marker. Then when I coloured over with the light marker it created a realistic frothy effect.
With the colouring done my next task was to cut out the cauldron with Paper Snips and set it aside. (I could have used the coordinating Cauldron Framelits Dies for this if I had them.)
For my tag I turned to the Big Shot and Magnetic Platform with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. I cut some Mango Melody Card with the #2 circle and some Gorgeous Grape Card with the #3 circle (counting from the smallest up).
Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed the two circles together lining up the bottom edge. Then I punched a hole at the top using the 1/8″ Circle Handheld Punch.
I was now ready to add the cauldron, but actually when I looked at it, it needed a few tweaks. So I went over the grey cauldron with a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. Then once it was dry, I took a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and with the fine tip, coloured the cauldron handles. That was so much better.
All I needed now was the label and for this I’d need to go back to my Big Shot.
This time I used the long narrow die from the Lakeside Framelits to cut some Thick Whisper White Card. I wrote on the label keeping the text to one end so that I could see how much to trim off. Then I cut the label again but with the end of the die close to my writing. So now I had a nice shaped label, but the perfect size.
I used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to fix the label across the cauldron and then add the cauldron to the tag. Finally I tied the tag around my jar and I was done.
So despite the fact that I don’t really do Halloween, I’m pretty happy with my finished project. You can see more ideas for using the Cauldron Bubble Stamp Set from other members of the What Will You Stamp? Design Team over on our blog.
If you have this set I’d love to see your ideas. Just create a new project and upload it to the challenge gallery for WWYS190 – Cauldron Bubble.
Each week we choose one person to be our winner and they receive an invitation to be our Guest Designer two weeks later. They also get bragging rights and a winner’s logo to display on their social media. I do hope you can join us this week.
APPLE AND TOMATO CHUTNEY
If you’re interested in the recipe for my Apple and Tomato Chutney, here it is…
- 900g apples (peeled, cored and sliced)
- 900g tomatoes (sliced)
- 350g onions (peeled and chopped)
- 1 garlic clove (skinned and chopped)
- 225g mixed sultanas & raisins
- 350g soft brown sugar
- 5 level teaspoons curry powder
- 1 level teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 level teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon mustard seeds (tied in muslin)
- 900 ml malt vinegar
Soften the apples in a tiny amount of water, then add all the other ingredients and stir. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer until thick and dark with no excess liquid. Remove the muslin with the mustard seeds, then put the chutney into jars and process.
The smell of this chutney cooking is one of my favourites at this time of year. It’s great with cold cuts and cheese, keeps well and the flavour improves with age.
OK so that’s all from me for today. Hopefully (if UPS delivers my parcel) I’ll have a new sneak peek project for you tomorrow. I do hope you’ll join me.
BUNDLE BONUS – Stampin’ Up! offers a 10% discount for selected coordinating products. Simply order the products using a single bundle item number. The Cauldron Bubble Stamp Set can be bought in a bundle with the Cauldron Framelits (not used today). The Lakeside Framelits can be bought in a bundle with the Lilypad Lake Stamp Set (not used today). You’ll find links to these bundles at the end of my product list in case you want to look at these in more detail.