Rejoice - the new Holidays Catalogue is coming soon! (Launching September 1st.) I would say it ranks easily in the Top 3 of my favorite Holidays catalogue we've ever had - it's that good! I couldn't wait to play with my new items, so let me show you some of the new items that are coming out. The design of my card was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketch #249 and Stampin' Royalty #341. I'm also catching up on past Merry Monday challenges, so this is for challenge #187 - Plaids.
The Seasonal Decorative Masks: I've shown one yesterday on my lightbulb card. The masks come in a set of four, so today I'm showing you a second mask, which is diagonal stripes. It alternates between a slim stripe and a larger one. I used this mask to create a plaid background. I sponged the thin stripe only in Emerald Envy ink (a beautiful In Color shade you'll see in lots of Holidays project this year) in one direction, and in the other direction, I did the large stripe in Emerald Envy and the thin stripe in VersaMark so that I could emboss it with the new...
Glitter Stampin' Emboss Powder: This new item comes in two shades - Emerald Envy and Real Red. I used Real Red on this project, for the stripes in the plaid design and for the decorations on the Christmas tree. The result is really sparkly. You get the same result as you would with fine glitter, except you skip the middle step of using Heat 'n Stick powder. I will warn you: you will have glitter on your work surface and on yourself, no matter how careful you are. I was hoping this wouldn't be as messy as regular glitter is, but based on my first try with the stuff, I would say it is. That's the price to pay to get beautiful shimmer on your projects, I guess.
Emerald Envy Ombre Stampin' Pad: You've seen those Ombre ink pads in the annual catalogue, but we're adding two new colour options in the Holidays Catalogue - Emerald Envy and Basic Black. I gave the Emerald Envy one a try and I was curious to give it a try as soon as I opened my order box, which is how I settled on making this card first. If you buy that ink, I definitely encourage you to watch Stampin' Up!'s video that details how to best use the ink. It's very important to move a bit around on the ink pad and tap your stamp more than you would on our regular firm foam ink pad to get the best results. Here's the video, if you are interested:
Twinkle Trees and Stitched With Cheer Stamp Sets: When selecting an image to try out the ombre ink pad, I thought the tree from Twinkle Trees would work great, and the trim would then allow me to try out the glitter embossing powder. I was really taken with this stamp set because of the bokeh technique images in it. Bokeh has been one of my favorite technique look lately and I was happy to get stamps to recreate it. I haven't used those images on my card today, but I'll get around to it later. When trying to select a sentiment, I settled on the banner "Christmas Joy" from the Stitched with Cheer stamp set. It should be noted that those banners coordinate with the Bunch of Banners Framelits set found on page 193 of the annual catalogue. Since this stamp set was out, I spotted the little rays images in it and thought it would look great around the star at the top of the tree (in Sahara Sand ink). I also included a small star pattern inside the bigger star with this set. White sequins from the Metallic Sequins pack were added as ornaments on the tree, and a clear star sequin was added to the top star.
Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine: This is a two-spool pack, that include red twine and white with red metallic thread twine. I used the latter on this project and I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and look of this twine. I've used the Metallic Baker's Twine we used to carry (silver and gold) and wasn't really in love with it for two reasons: the twine itself was off-white, which clashed with white-based projects, and the metallic thread was unravelling really easily, which made it hard to work with and tie nice bows. This twine is exactly the opposite of everything I've described. It's a true white, the metallic thread stays put and it ties nicely and easily. You will love this stuff!
Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder: Last but definitely not least is the Cable Knit embossing folder. I've been hoping for a knit pattern embossing folder forever so that alone made me really happy, but we're also discovering a brand-new kind of embossing folder, called Dynamic. (On this project, I've turned my cardstock around and used the debossed side.) The Dynamic folders are thicker, so they allow for more dimension and deeper details. For that reason, it is suggested you mist your cardstock with a bit of water before embossing so that your cardstock has more give. I just liked the pattern, I didn't even there was difference with former embossing folders, but I was floored when I watched the video about those new folders and saw the difference between what a regular folder would have looked like and the Dynamic ones. See for yourself:
To sign the back of my card, I used the new I Stamped This stamp set. Find out more about it in THIS post.
Stampin' Up! Supplies
Stamps: Cousu avec joie (Stitched with Cheer), Twinkle Trees
Cardstock: Emerald Envy, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Emerald Envy Ombre Stampin' Pad, Sahara Sand, VersaMark
Accessories: Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine, Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder,
Real Red Glitter Stampin' Emboss Powder, Seasonal Decorative Masks, Bunch of Banners Framelits,
White Medium Envelope, Sponge Daubers, Metallic Sequins, Stampin' Dimensionals