The Sky is the Limit


Today I’ve made a quick and simple card, showcasing a Sale-A-Bration stamp set that is only around for a few weeks!  So if you like it, get your order in quick.

While I say “quick and simple” it was anything but while I was playing around with the design.  The finished product?  Absolutely it’s quick and easy.  But getting there wasn’t. But sometimes it just happens that way.

Before I show you the card, I just want to highlight Sale-A-Bration.  If you’re not aware, every year from the new Spring/Summer Occasions catalogue going live to the end of March, Stampin’ Up! have a period called Sale-A-Bration.  What does it mean?  In one word – freebies!  For every £45 spent (from the Annual or Spring/Summer catalogues or even the Clearance Rack), you choose a free item from the special, limited edition selection in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  There’s a link on the right, if you want to browse and start working on your wishlist.  It’s also a great time to join up as a demonstrator (immediate 20% discount on your orders, anyone?) as instead of the normal joining offer of £130’s worth of supplies for £99 you get £160 and it’s entirely up to you what you have, as you choose from the current catalogues.  Anyway, onto today’s card.

I wanted to make a masculine birthday card as we need to send one and this is what I came up with:

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The base is Early Espresso and the mat is Very Vanilla.  To create the sky effect, I took four stampin’ write markers, in Marina Mist, Pool Party, Soft Sky and Blushing Bride and scribbled on a large clear block, taking care to blend the colours and to use the stronger colours sparingly.  I add just a few dashes of the Blushing Bride.  I spritzed the whole block with water and then put the Very Vanilla mat on top of the block, smoothed gently and lifted it off.  After waiting for it to dry (you may notice that I didn’t wait *quite* long enough), I stamped the plane, sentiment and smoke trail in Early Espresso.  I glued it together with Tombow and there we have it, a quick and easy birthday card!

Hope you like it.


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