Tuesday, 1 December 2015

December CASEplorations

Hi All,
It's time for another month of CASEplorations over at STAMPlorations where CASEing means 'taking inspiration from'.
As it is December and here in the northern hemisphere that means anything from freezing to cool and damp, what better way to warm up than looking at having a hot drink ... hence this month's inspiration comes from the following card by Amy Tsuruta:

It has a brilliantly frosty colour scheme combined with the warmth of a hot cuppa. You can find Amy's original post here.

Well, winters where I live hardly ever are crisp and frosty, and Shirley had already used the Gluehwein punchline (bang went the Christmas Market idea :-/) ... I had to think on my feet and came up with this watery, rainy look ...

I liked the colour combo of the grey and cool blue and decided to use my splodge mat for creating the background. Ink and water react differently and you get a drier print than with a normal brown craft mat. I applied some Soft Sky ink to my splodge mat and spritzed with water before lapping it up with a piece of linen effect card. I used the left over ink from my mat to slightly blend the edges.
I stamped the mug, hearts (both from Sketchy Coffee Cups) and stitching (Graphic Squares) using Basic Grey ink and added my sentiment using Lost Lagoon. Initially I thought that I would add some shading to the cup and hearts, but decided against it. I rather liked the pastel look.

Pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog for more CASE Inspiration and to link up your CASEd creation(s).

Have a lovely day!

Monika xxx

here is what I used, links to the stamps are in the above text:
SRD-SketchyCoffeeCups-preview stmp1041.jpeg

Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon and Basic Grey inks - Stampin'Up!


  1. Great minds think alike, Monika! (You should have gone with it anyway - we have multiple coffee-themed cards, so why not multiple Gl├╝hwein-themed cards?) Your background reminds me of a steamed-up cafe window - nice and cosy :)

  2. Beautiful creation and the colours are just awesome, love it. Went to order this stamp but sadly it's sold out...xx
     { aNNie}

  3. Love it! Cute and simple card...

  4. Love the watery/rainy look...reminds me of Seattle. Love how you were inspired!


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