During the summer I had a great visit with my daughter and her family in the UK. As well as attending a friend’s wedding, and visiting a London theatre with my eldest granddaughter, I went to the cinema. It was a proper girly day out, just my daughter, eldest granddaughter and me watching the Barbie movie. So when I saw the roller skate image in the Curved Occasions Stamp Set I couldn’t resist making this project. Now every time I open my book I’ll be reminded of that day out.
CURVED OCCASIONS ALTERED
I started my bookmark by cutting a 2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Thick Basic White Card. Then I chose a Melon Mambo ink pad for my stamping. However the image in the Curved Occasions Stamp Set is just one skate, but they’re obviously better as a pair. So I began by stamping it once towards the right-hand side at the bottom of the card strip. Then I stamped it onto some Stampin’ Up! Masking Paper. Next, using my Paper Snips, I cut around this second image (ignoring the little loops of the laces). Once I’d cut out the mask I placed it over the skate on the card strip, then stamped the skate a second time, overlapping the first one and tilted slightly forward. As you can see from the photo it looks a little messy but I had to trust the process. So with that done I carefully removed the Masking Paper to reveal my altered image.
As this was a Barbie imspired project, my skate had to be pink and yellow (which is what I think they were in the movie). So I coloured the centre stripe of the front skate using a dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker. For the heel of the boot and toe stop I used light Melon Mambo, with a touch of dark Melon Mambo. Then for the platform beneath the boot I used just dark Melon Mambo. Next the rest of the boot was finished off with light and dark Flirty Flamingo. That just left the wheels, and I matched them to the boots with dark Daffodil Delight and light Flirty Flamingo.
Now that the skates were coloured I realised they looked as if they were floating in midair. So using a Blending Brush I added a little Gray Granite ink along the bottom of the strip to ground them. Then I quickly coloured in the rest of the card using a Blending Brush with Starry Sky ink. That was much better, and at last I was ready to add the finishing touches.
For my sentiment I went back to the Curved Occasions Stamp Set and chose “You’re great!”. Using Starry Sky ink I stamped this in the middle of the space above the skates.
Next I punched a hole at the top using the slot option on the Very Best Trio Punch. Then I cut three 6″ pieces of white twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack and folded them in half. After poking the loops through the slot I threaded the cut ends through them and pulled gently to secure the twine in place.
Essentially my bookmark was complete but I couldn’t help think that there was something missing. But then it hit me, Barbie and Ken’s skates are plastic and shiny! So that’s when I took the Fine Tip Glue Pen and carefully put a coating of glue over the boots. All I had to do now was wait for it to dry overnight and my bookmark would be ready to use.
BUNDLE BONUS – The Curved Occasions Stamp Set and coordinating Curved Label Punch (not used today) are available separately. However if you want both make sure to order them using the single ‘bundle’ item number. That way you’ll save 10% off the cost of buying them separately.