The stamp I used was the Bauble Garland stamp. It's a DL sized grey rubber self-cling stamp with fabulous detail. I love baubles, they're probably my most favourite Christmas decoration, and we have so many, collected over the years from our travels, that we have to rotate them each Christmas! So any time I see a stamp or stencil which includes a bauble or hanging decoration design, I can't resist!
I started by creating my inky background on white card using some Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Misters. Once I was happy with the inky mix I dried it with the heat tool. Then I filled in the gaps using Distress Ink Pad Spun Sugar (my favourite of the pinks!).
I applied embossing ink to the stamp using the WOW! embossing ink pad and stamped the design onto my inky background. Then I covered the image with WOW! Ebony Super Fine embossing powder. I tapped off the excess powder back into its pot and then activated it using the heat tool, firstly from underneath to help the powder stick to the ink, and then from above, until it was liquid and shiny. Don't be tempted to touch it at this point because it is super-hot and will burn you and stick to your skin! Once completely cooled down (only takes a matter of seconds really but I tend to wait about a minute), you can rub your finger over the image and feel that lovely raised detail, which I find very satisfying and it always feels a bit magical!
I didn't add a sentiment because the central bauble does that for me!
What I love about inky backgrounds is that you never get exactly the same result twice, every one is different, even when you use the same misters and inks, so each piece is unique. This card turned out so well that I didn't feel it needed any embellishments, and I created another 5 to go with it!
This is just one of the lovely Creative Expressions Designer Boutique stamps. There are several more in the festive collection and I will be playing with them really soon, having already created some new inky backgrounds - my idea of fun!
I hope this inspires you to have a go!
Bye for now, J x