(FTC Disclosure: I have been compensated in product for this review. All opinions are my own and are reflective of products that I use and love.)
Welcome back to the second half of my product review for the Heartfelt Creations Coffee Talk collection. Last week, I shared my review of the Coffee Talk paper collection and if you missed it, you can see my scrapbook layout and review, here. Today, I'm going to share my insights into their new Coffee Mug Cling Stamp Set.
I've learned a lot of techniques over the years and you can learn many of these techniques at the Hearfelt Creations website by scrolling through their blog or tutorial links found on their home page. Today, I'm going to watercolor this stamped image and create a mug shaped card;
without a die.
Before we get started, I wanted to show you the size of the stamp. It's massive. Seriously. You're going to need a 4"x 6" acrylic block for use with this cling stamp. It spans nearly the entire length of my hand, at 5" x 4".
I wanted to make a mug shaped card, however, I didn't have the die. That's where a little creativity and ingenuity comes into play. I pulled out a pencil and started tracing the outside image of the cling stamp with the stamp placed faced down. Next, I carefully flipped my stamp over, traced the outside edge of the stamp with the image face up. Those arrows indicate where I plan on scoring my paper, which by the way, is watercolor paper (Bristol Strathmore 300 series).
Here, you can see the final outline. It's not a perfect science and I did use my fine tipped scissors to completely clean up any uneven edges. Do I recommend that you purchase the accompanying die? Yes! It would certainly increase productivity, particularly if you want to make multiples of a mug shaped card. You can find the die, here. Take a peek at some of the other Coffee Talk cling stamps that are available, here. As my budget allows, I certainly plan on adding to my collection.
Your best bet, would be to purchase the Coffee Talk Creative Essentials Collection, receiving the paper, mug stamp and dies at a collective discount.
Now, let's wrap this up. Before, trimming the outline of my mug shaped card, I watercolored my stamped image using Ranger distress inks. My favorite technique, and it's an easy one, is to stamp your distress ink onto an acrylic block or craft mat, spritz with a water mister, then grab a wet paintbrush and start painting with your diluted ink. For more intense color, add more ink and less water.
For the inside of this card, I've stamped onto some patterned paper and trimmed it to fit inside my card. You'll want to leave a little bit of an outer rim to your card and not trim it completely to the edge of your stamped image.
I used a craft knife to trim a little circle, bringing the "inside" of my card, for viewing on the outside, trimming the inner part of the mug handle, as well. For a little added sparkle, I added some tiny sequins and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic glue to the colored coffee.
Thank you so much for spending this time with me today. I know you are going to love this new collection from Heartfelt Creations, as much as I do. I would love to see what you make too, so please share be sure and share your creations at the social media sites listed below. If you're not already following the various links below for Heartfelt Creations and myself, I encourage you to do so. You don't want to miss a thing!