Monday, December 1, 2014

"'Tis the Cocktails Season" Invitations -Featuring Patti Sokol Designs

Cheers!!! It's December...yikes! The year is flying by, and I'm up to my eyeballs getting ready for Christmas and CHA. Speaking of CHA,  I met a wonderful person there last year through Marjie Kemper named Patti Sokol. Patti is a designer in lots of genres and a wonderful artist.  She has a bubbly and light personality and I loved getting to know her. Several months ago she asked me if I wanted to try her first set of new red rubber stamps, and of course I said I yes! She sent me a super fun set of cocktail themed stamps made of awesome thick red rubber already mounted on cling foam...just excellent quality...and they are compactly packaged for easy storage...very important to me. I love the versatility of the images as they can be used for a variety of occasions. Patti currently sells her stamps on her Etsy sight, as well as her artwork.  I hope she comes out with many more designs soon!
I decided to use the stamps initially to make invitations for an adult cocktail party for Christmas! Ho Ho Ho!!!
I stenciled with Wendy Vecchi Leaf Green Archival Ink from Ranger and used her Yikes Stripes stencil too on Distress Stamping Paper. I dried between layers with a heat tool as well.
I stenciled over the striped area with the dots portion of the Stripes and Dots stencil, and then covered the dots with Wendy's new Embossing Powder Red Geranium.
Then came more stenciling with Wendy's Polka Dotty stencil, but with Tim Holtz's Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters.
I stamped over the Polka Dotty inked image with Tim's Stamper's Anonymous Christmas Nostalgia stars and snowflakes image in Forget Me Not Archival.
I added the title with Jet Black Archival and covered it with Clear Embossing Powder and then added heat until it was melted.
I stamped Patti's Cocktail work until Kraft paper using Jet Black and again heat embossed it with Clear Powder. I cut these out, inked the edges, and added them to the title.
I used a strip of Tissue Tape with the Snowflakes on it, inked it with Tree Branch and then stamped all the other words in Patti's set with Red Geranium Archival Ink. I gave that a good dry.
I stamped all the rest of the images in the set with Archival Inks, heat embossed them with Embossing Powder, and then watercolored them in with Distress Markers, as the next three photos show.
I cut these in half and then made slits to fit on the glasses.
Once finished with fussy cutting all the images out, I adhered them on or used foam tape for depth. The paper was then mounted on a kraft card, inked, and stamped with more words from the set. Finally, a few Idea-ology Mirrored Stars finished the cards off.
 
 
Enjoy all the holiday parties you are invited to, and if no invitations show up, make your own and invite your closest friends for a grand night of festive joy! OH...and please drink responsibly!!! Cheers!

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I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

25 comments:

  1. Gorgeous stamps Anita x your invitations are stunning and I love the stencilled background.
    Wish I could attend the Cocktail Party !!!! Have fun
    Hugs Annie x x

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  2. Patti certainly gave her stamps to the right person, you have done a wonderful job with them Anita. I bet Patti will be thrilled to see how you worked your magic on these! Anne xx

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  3. What fun invites! I'll have to hop across to her etsy site to check out her stuff, OK so mines a brandy sour & I'll be over on the first flight next week LOL

    Sally

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  4. oh wow Anita, loving these fab cards, Annette x

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  5. So what time does the party start?! That's the only part you left out!

    Love this stamp set and how you so artfully combined it with both Tim and Wendy's products.

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  6. these look super cool.
    how fun to get an invite like this in the mail!
    have a great party!

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  7. Such bright cards with great stamps and backgrounds Anita...thanks for the step-by-step pictures !
    Greetings, Alie :-)

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  8. A lovely background for your fabulous new stamps, they work beautifully as an invitation focus.
    hugs Brenda xx

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  9. Anita-I love how you used my stamps! Thanks so much for making such a beautiful card.

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  10. Fabulous idea to make invitations with the images they are fabulous and I love how you used Wendy's stencil too. Tracy x

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  11. Such wonderful invitations Anita! Love the retro feel and colors. Really love the popped up cocktails sentiment! Shiny goodness! Wonderful fun and thanks so much for your visit and kind comment on my blog:)
    ~kim

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  12. Anita my friend! What cool cards you made with Patti's stamps- I didn't know she had them! Love the way to used them- you have a way with the mediums for sure. Looking forward to seeing you at CHA!

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  13. love this stamp set--and what you made with it! What time are cocktails being served? Helene

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  14. These are so creative Anita! I love how you made your background pieces and your tutorial is so easy to follow. I would not have known what to do with these stamps but you were the perfect recipient for them. (I like cocktails too. . . !)
    Juliaxx

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  15. love these little invites!!!! super sweet!!

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  16. I have been fortunate to meet Marjie here in NYC at a couple classes. Patti's stamps look amazing. Your card really dazzles. Love the use of the TH star in the drink and the sparkle so festive. I will look her up!

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  17. These are perfect. I love the mixed media and the whole overall look. Fabulous!!!

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  18. You certainly worked your magic with these stamps! Wow, I loved all the components to each card. Now I need a martini. Cheers!

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  19. Yay, blogger is allowing me to comment!! These cards are fantastic, I love how you built up the layers.

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  20. And may the "spirit" of Christmas be upon you as well....
    I don't know how I missed this post but I'm freakin' loving these invitations!!

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  21. These are so much fun, Anita - chic, cool and funky - brilliant combining the cocktail stamps with the new TH sentiments - they work perfectly together!
    Alison xx

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  22. Gorgeous cards Anita ! Love the colours you've used and the stamps are fantastic ! Sue C x

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  23. How fun and festive ! Love the pops of color with the limes and the pink drinks. Super!

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  24. Gorgeous cards Anita, Love the design & colours....Hugs May x x

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  25. Fantastic invites, Anita!! So festive and 'spirited' ;) Clink Clink!! XOXO-Shari

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