The Details

Where did it come from

Cardmaking and Papercraft Issue 174

When did I get it

31st August 2017

When did I try it

1st September 2017

First quick impression

Although this Embossing Folder and Stamp Set (and a die) are entitled Cosy Christmas I could straight away see the potential of it for other seasons too. The Embossing Folder inspired me to do some paper piecing which isn’t something I take on very often. So let’s get cracking, shall we?

Testing the Stamps

Living Creatively with Fibro | Regulars skip on you know how I test my stamps

To test out new stamps I always use my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform. I know there are other platforms available but when I came to the point that I knew I needed one I did a load of research into the different features of them all and decided this was the right one for me. You can read my post about it.  Why did I need one? With the Fibromyalgia (not to mention a bonus gift of some Arthritis in my hands) I could no longer rely on my hands to get a clean even print with stamps. I was increasingly finding I was not getting good results, even with the Rocker Blockers which always guaranteed this before. The benefit of a stamping platform is that for whatever reason you do not get a clean impression you can simply re-ink and go again and you are guaranteed to be exactly in the same spot. Even the best eyes can be slightly off and then you risk shadowing.

I also always use Archival Ink to test stamps that come as free gifts with magazines. They are usually made from a different material to the one used by a lot of the major brands which means that if you use a dye based ink like Memento the ink can pool on the stamp and give a really bad impression.  You can see exactly what I mean in this test of a fairy stamp. Archival Ink does not pool like this and I get to really test the stamp properly.

Cosy Christmas Stamps Stamped Out

The Verdict on the stamps

I couldn’t be happier with this stamp set they all produce a crisp impression which is always a pleasing result. I am very happy with all of them and because they have been designed to go with the Fireplace Embossing Folder I know there will be no problems with scaling. Therefore, let’s crack on with explaining how I made the card.

Designing a Card with the Cosy Christmas Set

As mentioned in the Introduction although these are created with Christmas in mind I could see the potential for other seasons so as it is the 1st September I decided to go for an Autumnal Theme. This card was created with an A5 card blank. The first step was to Emboss the Folder with brown Core’Dinations cardstock and also orange. As usual, I used my Gemini. I must confess when using this cardstock it nearly cut through it rather than just Embossing it. I was just using the basic top and bottom plates so there was no way of reducing the thickness of the sandwich. I will have to do some testing to see which materials emboss and which actually cut… After embossing them both I used a craft knife and cut out the fireplace from the brown cardstock and the brickwork from the orange. I considered using a white gel pen on the brick work indents but decided this wasn’t necessary – what do you think? I cut a rectangle of black Centura Pearl to fit within the area of the fireplace and fastened this to the back of the fireplace and then attached the brickwork to the black card too (all with Collall All Purpose Glue) I coloured in the wood and flame stamps with Spectrum Illustrator pens then fussy cut them by hand and fastened the wood down with a Nuvo glue pen and the flames with mounted on some sticky foam pads. The backing paper came from a sheet of Changing Seasons Design Pad (from Poundland – a bargain!) this was cut to 14cm x 20 cm and then some gold mirror card was cut to 14.5 cm x 20.5 cm these were layered and attached to the card blank. The sentiment comes from the Autumn Days Elements kit by Janet Scott from the Pixel Scrapper website. I cut this out with the ScanNCut then used some Walnut Stain Distress Ink to darken the edges and make it pop. Here is the completed card:
Cosy Christmas Completed Card

The Verdict

I am really happy with this kit. It has certainly earned a place in my craft stash. If you are new here I am slowly going through a decluttering process to try and reduce my craft stash a bit. I am sort of doing a Marie Kondo except I am not just picking things up to see if they “spark joy” because let’s face it everything does! But I am actually trying everything out bit by bit. You can read my post about Shopping Your Stash here.

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