Talking of the handles, I didn't realise how many different sizes there were - I have 12 different ones! The handles are fab but they do take up a lot of storage space when the stamps are on them. When they're not they all nest together. Now I have the best of both worlds - I can mount the stamps when I'm using them and then unmount them and store them neatly away afterwards.
Anyway, as I mentioned in my last post, I have my German samples to blog. That means that my Crafty Little Blog is going Christmassy for a bit.
This one uses the Dove Window stencil with Sweet Dimensions Gold Paste by Sweet Poppy and it gave me a lot of trouble! The paste is quite runny and when I was spreading it through the stencil it kept going under the lines (I must get one of the long Sweet Poppy metal spreaders as they look really good). In the end I got so fed up with it that I mixed a whole pot of gold holographic glitter in to try and thicken it up.
It worked and this is what I ended up with.
I'm afraid that my photographic skills couldn't do it justice but this blurry one shows the sparkle a bit. The banner across the front is also more legible in real life.
Once I was happy with the paste section, I stamped the International Christmas Greetings in Versamark ink and brushed over them with gold Perfect Pearls. I did the same for the banner.
It was still missing something, so I used the stencil to draw around and cut out two doves in pearlescent card. The great thing about stencils is that you can just flip them over to reverse the image.
A mat in the same gold card finishes it off.
Stamps and Stencils Used