Monday, February 13, 2012

Stampers Anonymous + Twitter + Unbelievable Amount of Luck =

I am so excited to share today’s post with y’all.  Something I definitely I am now a believer in – if there’s a contest going on, enter it no matter the odds.  After all, someone has to win, right!?  This post is meant to be a ginormous THANK YOU to Ted Cutts of Stampers Anonymous stamps.

Ted had a Twitter contest to bump up his followers (follow him! @tedcutts), which was RT (re-tweeted) by Mario (Tim Holtz’ business manager, @mariojrossi) whom I was already following.  I didn’t know Ted/Stampers Anonymous had a Twitter so of course I followed!  I was tweeting and up late..probably working on the 12 tags…and went to bed.

I woke up the next morning with a ton of tweets in my feed saying ‘congrats Twitter winner’.  I was like…huh what!?  And found out that I won not one, but ALL of Tim Holtz’ new 2012 Stampers Anonymous releases!!!!!!

Twitter Prize Haul

*picks jaw off floor*

So they came in about a week ago and I’ve hardly wanted to touch them they are just so perfect.  So I wanted to make a card to express my gratitude, and what better way than to use the stamps I received!  I’ll be honest, I was really intimidated to create this and send to him.  I mean, it’s Stampers Anonymous stamps…such high quality amazing images…designed in conjunction with THE Tim Holtz himself…okay I have to stop thinking about it or I will be embarrassed about it.

Stampers Anonymous Balloons 001

I started with the super fun hot-air balloon stamp from Remnants CMS130.  I stamped it on a scrap sheet of paper and cut it out.  Using the negative of the balloon image, I used temporary adhesive to stick it on watercolor paper.  Using a background stamp from Mixed Media CMS125, I inked it in Spiced Marmalade and Festive Berries Distress Inks.  Then I spritzed some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists in Scarlett and Gold.

Stampers Anonymous Balloons 003

After taking the negative of the cut out balloon image off, I replaced it with the positive cut of the balloon.  I spritzed the paper with some water, and inked up the background with Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Stormy Sky Distress Inks followed by a spray of TAGM in Electric Blue.  After a quick blast with my heat tool, I took off the positive cut of the balloon.  I re-inked the balloon stamp with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink (make sure to use archival so it doesn’t run).  I carefully lined it up as best I could and stamped it over the pre done design.  I will be doing a tutorial in the near future describing this technique in further detail.

Stampers Anonymous Balloons 002

The quote says, “the world of reality has its limits; but the world of imagination is boundless’, and the inside quote says, “every possibility begins with the courage to imagine”, which are both from Warehouse District CMS124.  I thought these quotes were so perfect, because I honestly never thought I could win such an amazing and generous prize.  I really hope Ted and the rest of the Stampers Anonymous team likes it, I had a lot of fun making it and using my new stamps.

Thank you Ted, from the bottom of my crafty little heart.