I have a card and a video to share with you today. I wanted to share how I create realistic looking frosting with alcohol markers, as well as how I get dimension with small stenciled images. Plus see how I get shine on my projects today!

I’m playing with You Bake Me Happy and the layered Ice Cream Cone stencil set from the September Hedgehog Hollow subscription box.

The secret to getting realistic looking frosting is to leave some white space in the frosting as you color it. I actually always find it difficult to leave the white space because I am pretty heavy handed when I color with alcohol markers. I tend to favor filling in the space with lots of the dark and medium colors.

It actually takes practice to to train yourself to leave the white highlights in as you go.

I really loved this stamp and stencil from this month’s subscription box. It’s just so much fun to have some stamps and stencils that lend themselves well to practicing coloring and ink blending skills.

Plus, I found the sentiment stamp set to have so many fun sentiments this time! As a chocolate lover, I was especially pleased with the sentiment you see on my card today.

You can also see the shine in my frosting and ice cream. I used some Crystal Effects to get this look. I had to purchase a new bottle because I hadn’t used the old one in well over a year and it was rock solid! It would be nice if they sold it in smaller bottles so it doesn’t dry up and get wasted.

You can see that I colored in the ice cream cones with 2 different shades of ink. I used brushed corduroy first and then added some vintage photo distress oxide to just the left side of the cones.

The pink is Rah Rah Skirt Pink and I got one side darker by just applying extra ink to the left side of each scoop.

I always feel like those little details make such a difference to your finished projects.

I get a lot of questions about card sizes. This card base is cut at 4-1/4 x 11″ and it is scored and folded at 5-1/2. The pink which is Tip Tree is cut at 4-1/8 x 5-3/8″. The ice cream panel is cut down to 4 x 5-1/4″

I added the sentiment to a piece of velum cut in a 1-1/4″ strip. I simply folded it over the side of the top panel and glued it to the back of the card. Make sure you allow the stamped vellum time to dry before you handle it to add to your card.


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Thank you for stopping by today! You can find more of my tips and inspiration at Stamping Imperfection. Have a fabulous day!