Friday 2 December 2022

Brightest Glow for AYSI 289

Well, it's almost the end of the Challenge year and we're going out with one of our famous - and feared - Speed Challenges. 

The challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create something new using Christmas Baubles in TEN MINUTES OR LESS.

Now, if you've never done one of these before, it's not quite as scary as it seems. The ten minutes does not include getting out your equipment: things like blocking up the stamps, getting out the dies, putting the embellishments to hand - that kind of thing. Nor does it include thinking time, so you can know what you're doing to do before you start the clock. However, once you take a cut or ink a stamp, then the timer must begin. Mercifully, the ten minutes definitely does NOT include clean up either! 😀

For this challenge, I had to dig around my box of retired Christmas stamps for something that was bauble enough for my idea. Ornamental Envelopes fitted the bill as all the baubles are on one stamp.  I stamped it in Tuxedo Black, then added my favourite sentiment from this year's Brightest Glow, also in Tuxedo Black. (If it wasn't a speed challenge, I'd have gold embossed but ink stamping is quicker.)


For me, the fastest way to colour is with Stampin' Blends, so I used Cherry Cobbler and Mango Melody. Again, without the speed challenge I might have used more colours and more intricate colour patterns but it's effective as it is.

I mounted the stamped panel onto Cherry Cobbler then attached it to a Thick Basic White base. I stamped the baubles on the inside but did not colour them. 


With a speed challenge, I always have something that I'll add if there's time. I was pleasantly surprised that I had time up my sleeve so got to add my 'extra', which was to cover the baubles with Wink of Stella to give them a shine. You can see it clearly in the above picture.  Then I quickly added a few Basic Rhinestones as centres and to lead the eye down to the sentiment. 

And then.... it was time to stop the clock.

We'd love to see what you do with this theme. You can visit the As You See It page to see what the rest of the team have done and to link up your entry.

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  1. Your card is beautiful. It's bright, bold and stunning. I love the font on the words you used too. Perfection!

  2. That's a fab stamp Jan - really love your design and the Wink of Stella is a great touch

  3. This is such an elegant stamp Jan - and keeping the colours to a minimum makes the baubles all the more striking I think. This was a fun challenge!

  4. Beautiful, Jan! Precisely stamped and coloured and I love the touch of Wink of Stella that adds that extra zing to it! So pretty!