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Using Colors to Make Non-Holiday Stamps Festive

Using Colors to Make Non-Holiday Stamps Festive

Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  This is Daniel West and I have a Grinchy blog post for you to start out the Christmas shopping season. Sometimes, a holiday rolls around and we need a card for someone, but have not purchased a stamp set for that particular occasion. You can make stamp sets that have nothing to do with the occasion work for you with the right colorful combination of inks.  

For this card today, I chose a grumpy cat from the Brutus Monroe Cat's Life Stamp Set. Normally, he would have little to do with a Christmas card. But today, I have used his grumpy disposition in my favor. He will play the role of the Grinch in this card.

Cat's Life Grinch by Daniel West

The Grinch sports a bright green fur and a red hat when he plunders Whoville.  So Mr Grumpy Puss has been dressed up in Envy and Rouge Surface Inks.  I stamped the cat image on some Neenah Solar White card stock using Envy Ink. And I inked up my glass mat with some of the same color and picked it up with my Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigment Brush to fill in the rest of the cat.  

I grabbed a snowman from the Brutus Monroe Snow Friends Stamp Set and stamped just his hat on the same card stock using Rouge Surface Ink.  Then I fussy cut both images out and glued the hat to the head of Mr Grumpy Puss with some Brutus Monroe All-Purpose Craft Glue.  

Custom Sentiment Rouge Surface Ink Outline

I didn't have a sentiment stamp that matched what I wanted him to say. No worries. If you can write in all caps, you can make your own custom sentiment and cut it out like I did.  I used a Copic Multiliner 0.5 Black Marker to write, "THIS WAS NOT IN THE CONTRACT," on the same card stock I used for the images. I cut out each word and used my Rouge Surface Ink pad to add some red to the edges of each word block.  This added some contrast to each word.  

Icicle Embossing with Snowflake Stencil

I made a card base out of some Neenah Solar White 110lb card stock and got out my Brutus Monroe Snowflake stencil.  Using my Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink Pad, I ran it over the top of the stencil, careful to ink up the card base with out moving the stencil.  I pulled up the stencil and covered the front of the card base with Brutus Monroe Icicle Embossing Powder.  I melted it down to add some interest to the front of the card base. I finished the card by popping up the cat and the sentiment blocks on some foam tape

Popped Up Images with Foam Tape

What kind of stamps have you made festive just by changing up the color scheme?  Let me know in the comments below. 

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I hope you have an incredible day rest of the weekend.

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Trudy Neumann - November 25, 2018

Great job, Daniel….LOVE THAT CAT IN THE HAT!…Great job on the sentiment, as well. I thought it was a stamp set you used.

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