Hello and welcome to this month’s Blogging Friends Blog Hop.  This month our theme was New Year New You, which can be interpreted in many different ways.  Everything changes and evolves, just as our blog hop evolves so do we each year.  You may notice a new blog header as well this month.  In keeping with this month’s theme I decided that it was time to update the hops look as well.  For my card this month I used the Sip Sip Hooray Stamp Set which is perfect for New Year’s cards as well as congratulations, and so much more.  Here’s a look at my project.

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For my card the first thing that I did was take a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of thick Whisper White and stamped out the images from the stamp set.  After stamping in Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the same images on masking paper and cut them out.  I placed the masks over each image and a couple strips of post-it tape where the table would go.  At this point I colored the background with my Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Blend Combo Pack in a ombre affect.  Once I had the background colored I used my Basic Pattern Decorative Masks and the Shimmery White Embossing Paste to create a wall paper effect.  
Before the paste dried I pulled off all my masks and then set my card front aside to dry completely before coloring in the table and other images.  Once the Shimmery White Embossing Paste was dry I started coloring in the glasses with Mint Macaron, Mango Melody, Real Red, Pretty Peacock, Pineapple Punch, and Soft Seafoam Combo Packs.  Some of the coloring was done with a four color blend while others where just done with a two color blend.  The table was colored with Bronze, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Gray Granite.  I layered each color over the other in different movements of the blends.  I tried to give the impression of woodgrain.  
Once I had everything colored I stamped the sentiment onto some peaces of Pretty Peacock cardstock in Versamark ink and added White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Then I used the Heat Tool to set the powder until smooth and melted.   I added the sentiment to the front of the card on Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I then added the entire card front to a Thick Whisper White card base.  
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Rick Adkins 

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