Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Oh Alice! CHAPTER 44: Curioser and Curioser - Winter Wonderland!

Click to enlarge;  Collage stamp © Stampin' Up!

`Curiouser and curiouser!' cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English); `now I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Good-bye, feet!' (for when she looked down at her feet, they seemed to be almost out of sight, they were getting so far off). `Oh, my poor little feet, I wonder who will put on your shoes and stockings for you now, dears? I'm sure _I_ shan't be able! I shall be a great deal too far off to trouble myself about you: you must manage the best way you can; --but I must be kind to them,' thought Alice, `or perhaps they won't walk the way I want to go! Let me see: I'll give them a new pair of boots every Christmas.'
Hello from all of us here in Wonderland! This week we are Curiouser and curiouser to see if you are willing to play along with our weekly challenge. The challenge is a simple one, and one that most of us should be able to play along with, we would like to take Wonderland and turn it into a Winter Wonderland! Yes, that's right.....put your boots on, hats, mittens and lets play in the snow! Alice, with a hat on? Rabbit in the snow? Anything that reflects a Winter Wonderland. Have fun with it!

This week we are being sponsored by SUGAR NELLIE / FUNKYKITS. They are a fabulous company and you really should go over and take a peek.
Sugar Nellie is a small Scottish company that brings you fantastic rubber stamps from some amazing artists. Funky Kits is the sole online retailer for Sugar Nellie stamps - so head on over to grab yourself some of that sugary goodness!

The prize for this week will be 1 set of 6, yes, I said 6 Leanne Ellis Alice in Wonderland stamps. I sure wish I was able to win this one. This set of stamps are fantastic!
My Card: Christmas Greetings from Wonderland!

I just received my order from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog, and this fabulous Christmas Collage stamp was at the top of my list! Isn't it just gorgeous? I started with kraft card stock, inking up the stamp first with Versamark and then with dark brown before stamping, which allowed me to heat emboss the image with clear detail powder. TIP: by inking up the stamp first with Versamark, I can turn any color of dye ink into an embossable ink. Otherwise I would need to use a Distress ink or a pigment ink to get the ink to stay wet long enough to emboss.  Then I sponged color into the image, applying Distress inks with Tsukinko Fantastix tools. I used the pointed tip for the red and green shades where I needed to pinpoint the color, and the rounded tip for the golds and yellows in the background. Highlights were added with a white gel pen and Smooch for touches of sparkle in gold, pearl moon, and red!

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Then I stamped the White Rabbit the same way, sponging with the Fanstastix and highlighting with white gel pen and Smooch. I really love the way this looks on the natural colored kraft card stock.  I filled in the circle on the collage stamp with sponged brown ink and then adhered the White Rabbit cutout with a ⅛-inch thick pop dot. I edged it all the way around with a Krylon Leafing Pen in my favorite Pale Gold.

I love it that this collage stamp includes an open rectangle for you to really personalize the design! I wrote "Greetings from Wonderland" in the space using a dark brown Marvy marker.  I could have computer generated the sentiment, but with the vintage look of the collage stamp I thought handwriting would be ok. TIP: Draw a box on scratch paper and write in the words so you can see what kind of space each word will take. Then compensate for irregularities by changing letter style. My "greetings" was a little wider than I planned, so the "from" would not fit. I just changed to a narrower italic style and dropped down a bit to write the "from" so it looked like I planned it that way! ;-)

The final touch was added by cutting the lacy edge from a small gold paper doily. TIP: Make wonderful ruffled edging with a paper doily! When you trim the edging from the center of the doily, trim as closely to the lace edge as possible. Then straighten out the edge, carefully bending the edge back and forth about every eighth to fourth inch. As you straighten the curve, a wonderful ruffle will form as the outer edge is much fuller than the inner edge. Doesn't it look fantastic?  So rich and glitzy and textured!  Don't you think it adds a lot?

Check out the rest of the design team's creations at Oh, Alice! and enter your own Winter Wonderland card there!

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my Greetings from Wonderland card, sponging, Smooch, or ruffled doily edgings! I love hearing from you and seeing your comments always makes my day!!!


  1. Beautiful card Lynne, lovely rich colours, perfect for Christmas. The white highlights are very effective and rabbit fits in perfectly with the background. Have a fabulous Christmas Lynne, Tracy Evans x x

  2. Beautiful Lynn... jut love the gold and the embossing.
    Have a very very Merry Christmas
    Lisa ;)

  3. Amazing card, I'm always stunned by all the wonderful details in your card. Hope you are not traveling for work this week and get to relax a little :-) HUGS!

  4. GORGEOUS!!!!!
    Merry Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!

  5. I love this card it really didn't Alice after all.

  6. My dear blogfriend, Lynne!
    Whishing you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS ang NEW YEAR! I am glad that I have met you!
    Many many hugs

    Your newest creation for Alice nocks me out my socks. WOW !!!! I love it.

  7. This is stunning Lynne, the work you put into your cards is phenomenal
    love tasha xx

  8. Such a breathtaking card! Absolutely beautiful!

  9. OMG!!!! this is exquisite! Now I know what to do with that stamp! Thanks for all of the fabby tips, too! xxD

  10. Happy New Year Lynne! I hope 2011 is a great one for you!

  11. I'm not sure how I missed this card, but it is gorgeous! Really stunning. I really like the tips you gave, especially the one about using Versamark to make any dye ink embossable!! LOVE that tip!!!!
    I really admire your art Lynne. Very inspiring.

  12. OMG this is so gorgeous. You really outdid yourself. Had I seen this card (I was on holidays) before the Christmas catalogue was over, I would have bought this stamp (which I have been eyeing). Thank you for your tips about embossing and for the lace. I would never have guessed that it wasn't real lace. It's nice for a less bulky card.


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