Winterhaven SOA Release Day!

Mel's Card Corner | Winterhaven Stamp of Approval Collection

The time is finally here! It’s launch day for the new Stamp of Approval Winterhaven collection. If you’re on the wait list, you should have received your ordering link already. These collections always sell out super fast, so I would definitely recommend ordering right away if you want this collection! Once it sells out, the products won’t be available again until sometime in 2018 when Catherine releases them for individual purchase in her online store.

If you aren’t familiar with Stamp of Approval, it’s a curated collection of products specially designed to work together which makes card making a breeze. The collection costs $97 (plus shipping), but has a retail value of around $120 or more. Once a collection sells out, the products aren’t available for purchase again until several months later when they are released for individual sale. Here’s a list of the products available in this collection:

  • Here We Come A-Caroling Stamp Set (coordinating dies available as an add-on)
  • Tis the Season Stamp Set (coordinating dies available as an add-on)
  • Good Stuff stamp set
  • Good Stuff Dies
  • Joy Wreath Dies
  • Winterhaven Dies
  • Ornament Background Stamp
  • Project Guide with over 30 inspiration projects (sent via email after purchase)

In honor of launch day, I wanted to share another card with you. I think this is actually one of my favorite cards I’ve made using the products in this collection!

Mel's Card Corner | Winterhaven SOA Launch Day

I started by doing some ink blending to create the night sky. Before I started applying the ink, I put a circle mask where I wanted the moon to be then used a mini ink blending tool to build up the intensity of the color by adding several layers of ink. I used All That Jazz and Flirty Fuchsia then added a very light layer of Black Jack over all of it to darken things up a big. If you don’t have the All That Jazz ink pad which was part of the Naturally Inspired Stamp of Approval collection, you could use Aquatini. It just won’t be quite as dark.

Once I had the night sky finish, I removed the circle mask and added the other half onto the card panel to reveal just the circle so I could add the color for my moon. For that, I used Tiara and Tiki Torch.

Mel's Card Corner | Winterhaven SOA Launch Day

To create the scene at the bottom of the panel, I used the hillside die from the Winterhaven Dies to create a hillside mask. I then used a mini ink blending tool and Black Jack ink to create my ground. I stamped the dog and trees from the Here We Come A-Caroling stamp set over the ground using Midnight ink. Since I used Black Jack ink for the ground, this allowed the silhouette images to stand out against the ground rather than blending in together if I had used the same color of ink for the ground as well as the silhouette images.

The next stamp was adding the sleigh. I used my heat tool on the panel to make sure all of the ink was completely dry before doing the heat embossing. I stamped the sleigh from Here We Come A-Caroling using VersaMark ink then embossed it using gold embossing powder.

Mel's Card Corner | Winterhaven SOA Launch Day

I adhered the panel to a top-folding card base then used a white gel pen to add stars across the evening sky. For the final touch, I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Here We Come A-Caroling stamp set inside the card using Black Jack ink and that completed the card.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed all our festivities leading up to today’s launch of the Winterhave collection. If you missed out on any of the inspiration during our big three day blog hop, definitely be sure to check it out. Here are links to the starting point for each day over on Catherine’s blog:

There’s still time to win this collection, too! Simple leave a comment on each blog post for each day of the hop for a chance to win. Catherine will be giving one collection away for each day of the blog hop. Entries close tomorrow (Wednesday, October 11 at 9am ET) and will be announced on Catherine’s blog later in the day. If you are one of the winners and have already purchased this collection, you will receive a $100 gift certificate towards your next purchase from Catherine’s store.

I actually still have several more cards I’ve created using this collection. I’ll be sharing them over the next week or so for more inspiration as people start to receive their boxes now that it’s been launched. I hope you’ll stop by again to see my other cards.

Until next time …

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  1. canadiancaroline says:

    This is my absolute favorite type of winter scene! Love the silhouette trees, and the little dog against the night sky. Just a little comment and don’t take it the wrong way–Maybe try to make your stars a little more random! Or even better, create some constellations like Orion or the Big Dipper.
    Craftily yours, Caroline

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