I like to think of myself as a "glass half full" kind of person and as we head toward the end of 2017, I realised that there are many occasions approaching that are cause for celebration and a chance to gather with friends and loved ones. I can’t think of a better stamp set that can help celebrate all of them than Half Full #144996. This is also a “Million Sales Achiever” set, inspired by Linda Bauwin.
The line art images in this set lend themselves perfectly to colouring. The sentiments are fun and the fonts perfectly mixed! I wanted to create a little something that could sit at a place setting on any celebratory table. Name place holders are always a good idea for a large group and to personalise this one I used the Labeler Alphabet Stamp Set #141936. Rather than sharing a large bottle of wine, I love the idea of a mini gift of bubbles for each person presented with a sweet tag! It doesn’t matter if it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, a wedding or birthday party, this set works perfectly for any occasion.
I have used the same techniques on all three of my projects. Since the subject is wine (bubbles count) I have incorporated the gorgeous new Champagne Foil Sheets #144748 as an accent on all projects, it seemed only fitting! I have used Watercolor Paper #122959 and an Aqua Painter #103954 to create my artwork. I first stamped in Archival Black Ink #140931, before using my Heat Tool #129046 to heat set it to ensure it wouldn’t run. I then applied a light wash of ink over each image in Soft Sky #131292, Always Artichoke #108610, So Saffron #108611 and just a touch of Peekaboo Peach #141422 thrown in for good measure. I have found the trick to good watercolour is to let each layer dry before adding more. It helps to add depth and not have all the colours blend into one. Don't be tempted to hurry.
A card to go along with the gift of wine is a must and keeping with the colour theme of green, yellow and blue, I used Soft Sky Cardstock #131292 for my card base and Always Artichoke Cardstock #108610 for my sentiment panel. I heat embossed the card sentiment in White Emboss Powder #109132 and used the Heat Tool #129056 to heat set it. After wrapping the watercolour panel with the Crushed Curry 3/8" (1cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon # 144182 and tying off in a side bow, I added the sentiment panel over the top with Dimensionals #104430. I then completed all three projects with a few gold sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment #144214. I personally favour the Fine Tip Glue Pen #138309 to adhere sequins to my projects, but Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 is also a good choice.
If you are thinking of adding a bit of pizzazz to an occasions table yourself then I think the Half Full Stamp Set ##144996 is a great choice! You can certainly tailor it to any occasion and colour scheme that you wish.All products used in these projects are listed below. Click on the pictures below to shop 24/7!
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