Calendar Stamping-April Showers

April Showers

By:  Cathy Peper, Artistic Guide

Finished project size:  8.5 by 11 inch

Editor's Note:  Cathy submitted this as a weekly blog entry, and it's categorized as such.  However, I think a full 12 month calendar would make a wonderful holiday gift.  Cathy got her pages from the hostess of the swap, but there are many templates and free downloads on the web for calendars which can be embellished and turned into a beautiful gift for somebody special.  You can also find calendar blanks at some of the rubber stamp or scrapbooking stores.  This one really got my attention, and I'm going to make some for my family for their desks in the work place.  Enjoy this tutorial!!

Supplies:

Stamps:
Girl with Umbrella (My Favorite Things)

Man with Umbrella (Viva Las Vegastamps)
Dwelling shape and outline (Claudine Hellmuth, Stamper's Anonymous)
Raindrops shape and outline (Claudine Hellmuth, Stamper's Anonymous)
Tree and Umbrella (Queen Kat)
Paper:
Solar White (Neenah)

patterned paper (Fancy Pants)
Red, blue, brown and yellow card stock (Core'dinations)
Ink:
Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)

Archival Jet Black (Ranger)
Chewing Gum, Stick Candy, Seed Packet, Brown Sugar, Speckled Egg, Lemondrop, Weather Vane and Lavender Sachet (Jenni Bowlin)
Die Cuts:
Clouds (My Favorite Things)

Bird with Umbrella (3 Birds on Parade Cricut cartridge, Provo Craft)
Other:
Copic Markers (.too)

E27, E11 and E00
C9, C7, N5
BG10, B11
Y23, Y15
R83, R85
Spica Gold pen (.too)
Zig 2 way glue pen (EK Success)
White felt (My Favorite Things)
Grand Calibur (Spellbinders)
Eclipse masking tape (Judikins)
Cricut (Provo Craft)
Enamel Accents Black (Ranger)
Earthtone, pearlescent and pastel chalks (Pebbles)
Workable Fixative (Krylon)
Sticker Maker (Xyron)
Fabri-Tac (Beacon Adhesives)
Computer and Printer

Directions:

One of the Yahoo Groups I belong to does a Calendar Swap every year.  This is a major swap requiring a significant time commitment.  Each player is assigned a month of the year and makes 12 pages using that month as the theme.  Once the swap is returned from the hostess, everyone has a 12 month calendar to enjoy the following year.  If you can't find a calendar swap to join, you could stamp all the months on your own or you could host a calendar swap yourself.  Just remember that you'll need twelve participants.

My page is for April and I went with the theme of "April Showers".  Since I had twelve pages to do, I did them assembly line style.

  1. Stamp the girl with umbrella at least twelve times.  I find it's handy to stamp a couple extra in case you make a mistake.
  2. Color everything but the umbrella with Copic markers.  Color umbrella handle with Spica glitter pen.  Stamp the girl again, this time on two different patterned papers.  Everything must be done in multiples of twelve, but for convenience sake, I'm going to stop repeating that.
  3. Cut out the sections of the umbrella and glue down to stamped image with the Zig glue gun, alternating patterns.  Allow to dry and then cut out the girl.  Set aside.
  4. Print calendar page (provided by hostess) onto white card stock.
  5. Stamp the man with the umbrella.
  6. Stamp the foam version of the larger house with the Stick Candy ink.  Overstamp the clear stamp with Tuxedo black.
  7. Using Eclipse tape, make masks for both the house and the man.  Mask them both.
  8. Stamp the smaller house in Chewing Gum ink.  Make a mask for the house and mask it.
  9. Stamp the tree using Seed Packet and Brown Sugar ink.  Mask a mask and mask the tree.
  10. Stamp the foam version of the rain drops in Speckled Egg ink.  You will need to stamp several times to cover the whole sky.  Move the stamp up and down a bit to avoid a pattern.  Overstamp with black ink.
  11. Remove masks.  Color doors, windows, sky and street with chalks.  Spray with Workable Fixative.
  12. Using the cricut machine, cut all the pieces for the bird at 2 inches.  Piece them together using the Zig glue.
  13. Use the black enamel accents to make the bird's eyes.
  14. Stamp the umbrella across the bottom of the calendar with Lemondrop, Weather Vane and Lavender Sachet inks.  That completes the stamping portion of the project.
  15. Using the Xyron machine, glue the girl and the bird to your completed scene.
  16. Cut clouds out of white felt.  Glue to sky with fabri-tac.

This was a major project and if I were to do it again, I'm not sure I would choose such a complicated scene.  But I love how cute it turned out.  I hope this inspires you to try stamping your own calendar page.


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