I’ve been going through my stamp sets and other products from the July to December 2021 Mini Catalogue that are about to retire. It’s always a bitter sweet moment as I hate to say goodbye to my favourites. However it’s tempered by the excitement at all the lovely new things that are coming. So until then I’m going to make the most of the time I have left. Today’s project uses the retiring Sweets & Treats Stamp Set to make a Christmas fridge magnet to hold those last minute reminders.
It is nearly Christmas so I think sweets first is expected. I chose the Christmas pudding image and used Early Espresso ink to stamp the pudding onto Thick Basic White Card. Then I began to colour it in using Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. Today for the holly leaves I decided to use light and dark Shaded Spruce. On the berries I started by colouring them completely with light Crumb Cake, then I added a C shape with dark Real Red. I finished the berries by colouring over the C and some of the Crumb Cake, leaving a tiny section. This has the effect of adding a highlight to each berry, thereby making them seem rounded.
With that done I just had the pudding itself to do and for that I first used light and dark Crumb Cake for the details. Then for the main part I used dark and light Soft Suede. With the colouring complete I cut out the image with Paper Snips leaving an extra strip along the bottom and set it aside.
Going back to the Sweets & Treats Stamp Set I then took out the platter image and “Bring on Christmas” sentiment. Using VersaMark ink I stamped these onto Thick Basic White Card then sprinkled the sticky ink with gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. After tapping off the excess I removed some stray specks, then melted the rest using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
CUT AND ASSEMBLE
Now I was ready to finish cutting and assembling the project. I started by using Paper Snips to cut out the platter and set that aside with the pudding. The rest of the cutting would be done using my Cut & Emboss Machine and the Stitched Rectangles Dies.
For the sentiment I used the die I call B1 (the smallest of the second group of dies in the Stitched Rectangles set).
Then I realised I hadn’t thought about the background for my fridge magnet. I was actually planning to re-purpose a magnetic business card I’d acquired many years ago, so needed to cover over the printing. After a little look at my Designer Series Paper (DSP) stock I chose an elegant herringbone pattern in Evening Evergreen. This is from the retiring Tidings of Christmas 6″ x 6″ DSP pack.
To give it some extra strength I cut a 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ piece of the DSP and fixed it to a similar sized piece of Evening Evergreen Card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). Then after giving it a minute to dry I cut out the assembled piece with the C4 Rectangle Die (counting from the smallest up).
At last I was ready to put the pieces together. I began by using liquid glue to attach the background layer to the front of the magnet. Next I fixed the platter to the extra section below the Christmas pudding image using liquid glue. Then I added the assembled piece to the background with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally, with more Stampin’ Dimensionals, I layered the sentiment over the Christmas pudding and stacked the Dimensionals where it extended over the background piece. With that my fridge magnet was complete.
Isn’t this fun. I can just see it on the fridge holding that last minute to do list. What do you think?
For some other projects using the retiring Sweets & Treats Stamp Set see these earlier blog posts:
The Last Chance promotion featuring retiring products from the July to December 2021 Mini Catalogue starts on Wednesday (December 1st). All products appearing in the Last Chance List will only be available while stocks last.