Saturday, November 24, 2018

November Leading Lady Jill Vickers | Take Four

As November ends we sadly must bid adieu to our superb November Leading Lady Jill Vickers.  The last few weeks with Jill has been a spotlight for her dazzling depth and scope of skill, innovation and terrific techniques.  Jill has exhibited her tremendous talent and astounding creativity week after week.  I feel so fortunate Jill shared her talents with us this month and made this month something special.

If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...
CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance sure to ensnare your focus CLICK HERE or her triumphant third performance with a plethora of cards that will have you reaching for dies CLICK HERE!  Today's projects !

Lucky for us all we have her final command performance today.  

I can't believe how quickly November has flown by and that it is already time for my last act! I want to thank Shay for her generosity and her invitation to join this wonderful Winnie & Walter blog for the month. I also want to thank everyone for their wonderful comments - both here and on my blog - they have brought me such joy and I am truly grateful that you took the time to leave them.

So now - onto my finale :)

Last week, I focused on building backgrounds using die cuts - so this week, I am focusing on stretching my stamps to create fun backgrounds.

For my first cards, I used the Scenery: Holiday Trimmings stamp set - this is one of my favourite sets for decorating holiday card envelopes - but the border images are perfect for building backgrounds as well. I stamped the tree image repeatedly across the card fronts in Versamark ink- I did shift the border to the left and the right to change the styles of trees on each row. On one card front, I embossed with detail clear embossing powder, and on the other, I embossed with clear sparkle embossing powder. I then sponged ink across the panels- on the clear embossed panel, I used Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, and Salty Ocean to create a rainbow effect. I used Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, and Blueprint Sketch on the sparkly one. I added a simple white embossed greeting from In A Word: Merry to each of the panels, and a few silver star sequins to a few of the trees before adhering the foam-mounted panels to some cards bases dressed up with silver glitter washi.

For my next cards, I wanted to create a "knit sweater" style background - there a quite a few background stamps that do this but I was pretty sure that I could make my own. I used two more borders from the Scenery: Holiday Trimmings set, a border from the Julie's Roses set (a 2016 Black Friday W&W Special set), and a row of hearts from Scenery: Seeing Hearts. I stamped two panels - both using light grey ink - one onto a white panel and one onto a light grey panel for a tone-on-tone look. This process is really straightforward using the MISTI - the hardest part is deciding what the pattern should look like but once the stamps are lined up, it is just a matter of shifting the panel up and down to create the pattern.

To complete the grey tone-on-tone card, I used some stamped images from In Bloom: Debra's Poinsettia with Lydia Evans and In Bloom: Victoria's Very Merry Flowers with Lydia Evans as well as an embossed greeting from Sentimental Winter and a scattering of crystal gems. To complete the white panel card, I added a pink ombre stamped mug from Warm Wishes To You, a greeting from Sentimental Birthday and a few pink gems.

For my last card, I used the swirl stamps from the Dotty About You with Lydia Evans set to create a Van Gogh inspired wintery background. I stamped the panel using a light blue ink - I did do some masking as well to avoid the overlaps but it was pretty easy to cut the masks. I added the panel to a light blue card base. To complete the wintery scene, I added the skiing bear from Winter Wishes with Evelin T Designs (seriously - how cute is he?), Copic coloured in soft colours. To finish the card, I silver embossed sentiment from the same set (after doing some minor stamp surgery to position it linearly) and a few iridescent silver-blue snowflake sequins.

I love creating backgrounds like this, and I could have easily done many more with all the wonderful Winnie & Products but unfortunately, I ran out of time....  I do hope that this post has given you some ideas on how to stretch your stamps to create backgrounds, and that you enjoy it as much as I do.

Shay has kindly offered up a $30 Winnie & Walter gift card for me to give to one lucky commenter on my blog, My Life in Paper For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post and/or any of my leading lady posts and I will randomly pick a winner from all the comments left by November 30th.

Thanks again for all your lovely comments and your support for my Leading Lady act - it was so much fun! 



  1. These are gorgeous! I'll be sharing on the Coffee Loving Papercrafters FB page!

  2. Fabulous cards! Great wrap up for Jill's Leading Lady month!

  3. Super creative idea! Love all of these cards!

  4. Love this wonderful variety of cards.

  5. Pure genius! Your cards are so pretty.

  6. Love the fabulous cards. The skiing bear is just awesome.

  7. Fab cards again from you. So have learnt so much from you on these four posts, thank you.

  8. These are all beautiful. Really love stretching stamp sets and these are fantastic ideas.

  9. Great finale! Your cards are so beautiful!!!

  10. Brilliant use of the stamps to make these awesome backgrounds. Gorgeous!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  11. GirgeGor cards each one of the...espec espec the rainbow ones and really love the subtle background in other cards..Hugsxx

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