I is for ice skates.

A while back, I received a PM on SCS from a hostess I’ve swapped with in the past. She has hosted Sesame Street card and calendar swaps. This time she planned an A-Z book — one which she generously will bind before sending back. I had to think about this — an A-Z swap is a lot of work. I worked out what I wanted to do and signed up for the letter I.

Many of the Sesame Street stamps are large stamps — the images often include more than one character and wouldn’t fit on a 4×4 square and within the parameters of the swap. For my page, I chose Elmo & Zoe ice skating. I love to color and I have to say after coloring 27 of these, I needed a break. WOW!

I embossed my 4×4 squares with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder. Elmo & Zoe were cut out and embossed with square Nesties. My right bicep got a great workout with all of the Cuttlebugging I did. I mounted Elmo & Zoe on a square (also square Nestie cut) of Stardream Metallic silver cardstock. I adore the Stardream Metallic line. (The colors are not given any justice in these photos.) I first found them when we were planning our wedding and we used their papers for the save the dates, programs and place cards. I didn’t realize my fascination with paper completely at that time. 🙂
Elmo & Zoe are colored with Copics. I added a fine line of Frosted Lace Stickles and Angel Wings Shimmerz to give the appearance of a skating rink. The blades of their skates are painted with Smooch in Silver Fox. The brush size of the Smooch was perfect for the blades. Other embellishments include sheer white ribbon with silver cording from Gina K, and a snowflake. The snowflake was punched with the Martha Stewart Arctic Snowflake punch. Of course, the letter I needed to be present, so I typed out “I is for ice skates.” on the computer, punched it out and matted it on a piece of silver.

I have to say I learned a few things on this set of pages. Even with a thin layer of Shimmerz, the paper was affected. It wasn’t a curling, but after applying it, which I did after adhering the image to the 4×4, the adhesive started to fail. Of course, this happened after adding the snowflake and letter sentiment. I then had to use some Crystal Effects on a stick pin to glue down the corners that were popping up. I had considered using Crystal Effects to create the skating rink and after these issues, I’m glad I decided against that.

Due to the adhesive issues I had during this and another project, I am switching adhesives. I use an ATG gun and have had nothing but problems with it. I had to get a replacement part from 3M for it when I first bought it. My husband says there is a design flaw with it. My biggest issues have been the tape coming off the roller (far too frequently), the tape ripping (both 3M & generic), waste of a minimum of 30% each roll due to no adhesive coming off the roll or not being able to get any further toward the end of the roll. When you price an ATG gun, the adhesive seems very reasonably priced. However, for me it was not worth the hassle. Last night I bought a Glue Glider Pro from eBay. I will give my review of it after I get it and have some time to play with it.

I is for ice skates
Stamps: Stampendous Elmo & Zoe Ice Skate
Paper: Select White (PTI), Stardream Metallic Silver
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: R29, YR07, C-3, RV-02, Y17, B00, RV10, V04, 100
Other Stuff: Martha Stewart Arctic Snowflake punch, silver brads, silver Pure Luxury Cording (Gina K), sheer ribbon (Ribbon Retreat), Oval punches (SU), Frosted Lace Stickles, Angel Wings Shimmerz, Clearsnap Smooch Silver Fox, Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder
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