Last Day to Make a Mess with Watercolor at a Discount

Make a Mess with Watercolor Sample

Today is the last day to get the Early Bird Discount on the Make a Mess with Watercolor class. The photo shows one of the techniques we’ll be using, but the end project will be different.  You will definitely be making a mess while you play with the Brusho® Crystal Colours, so wear your gardening/stamping/painting clothes!  This class promises to be even messier than Shaving Cream Background classes!  In short, prepare to have fun!!

Space is extremely limited, so be sure to reserve your place now.  You’ll get the Early Bird discount, too.

Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.  Questions? Email mary@3amstamper.com or call (707) 695-3571.

Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018

Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration: $35

Early Bird Deadline:  TODAY – 1/8/2018

Registration after Early Bird Deadline: $45

Registration Deadline: 1/15/2018

Register now on the Make a Mess with Watercolor Class Page.

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Musical Season Card & Envelope

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The Musical Season Card & Envelope is great for sending late Christmas or New Year’s cards.  I stamped the sentiment “May the spirit of the season…” on the inside.  Today is traditional “Twelfth Night,” so I thought I’d finally use the Musical Season set to make a card suitable for New Year’s.  The stamp set just retired on January 2nd, but it may show up on Clearance in a few weeks.  So, Happy Twelfth Night!

I love using silver with white for winter cards, pages, etc.  I used Shimmery White Card Stock for the base and top layer, with Smoky Slate Card Stock for the mat.  I stamped the card front layer with the drummer boy image and the Smoky Slate Pad for a background to the instruments.

I could not resist using Silver Foil Sheets for the instruments in the Musical Instruments Framelits™ Dies to decorate the card front.  I first die-cut the instruments, then stamped them with the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad.  However, the Memento Ink didn’t dry.  I re-tried with the Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad and that worked just fine, as long as I allowed drying time.  I also stamped on the Foil Sheet first, then die-cut the harp and lute images.  The first French Horn die-cut just needed a border stamped across the horn bell to look like it coordinated.

The Shimmery White, Smoky Slate and Silver Foil create a Monochromatic Color Scheme that I usually use with snowflake images or wedding & anniversary cards.  The Combination is all Neutrals and has a softer effect than Basic Black or even Basic Gray and Whisper White.  The Color Scheme is almost as dramatic and is totally elegant.

I attached the instruments to the card front with both sizes of Stampin’ Dimensionals and Foam Adhesive Strips.  This gives the instruments depth and raises the French Horn above the others.  You can overlap the instruments a little more, if you like.

The product list includes the retired items.  I included them so you could look for them just in case.

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Also remember that you may select a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you order (including Clearance Rack items) through March 31st.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Musical Season Card & Envelope.

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Sale-A-Bration is Now Under Way!

Heartfelt Blooms Thank You Card

Sale-A-Bration is now under way, along with the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  From now through March 31, 2018, you may select an exclusive Sale-A-Bration (SAB) item for FREE with every $50 you purchase!  This year, there are a couple of items you may choose with a $100 purchase.

Today, I’m highlighting one of my favorite SAB stamp sets: Heartfelt BloomsThe photo shows part of page 5 in the SAB brochure, ©Stampin’ Up!®.  It gives you a card idea and a shopping list that will let you earn the Heartfelt Blooms set for free.  The stamp set comes in wood-mount (147197) and clear-mount (147202) so you can pick the style you like best.

Pages 4 and 5 show a number of great examples using the Heartfelt Blooms set.  In addition to the project example, there are a variety of greeting cards and a decorated box, showing the sentiments included in the set.  I always like to have a stamp set with a number of all-occasion greetings in it!

If you didn’t receive your 2018 Occasions Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration brochure, take a look at the All the Current Catalogs page.  You can browse, then shop by clicking on the Order Online button in the right sidebar!  Remember, Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st.

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Make a Mess, then Make a Splash

 

Make a Mess with Watercolor Sample

Make a Mess with Watercolor  in this class while you meet the new Brusho® Crystal Colour product.  These fun, intensely colored crystals will help you Make a Splash with your art: cards, pages and other projects!  The photo shows one of the techniques we’ll be using, but the end project will be different.

You will definitely be making a mess while you play with this UK import, so wear your gardening/stamping/painting clothes!  This class promises to be even messier than Shaving Cream Background classes!  In short, prepare to have fun!!

Space is extremely limited, so be sure to reserve your place now.  You’ll get the Early Bird discount, too.

Note:  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.  Questions? Email mary@3amstamper.com or call (707) 695-3571.

Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018

Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Place: 2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration: $35

Early Bird Deadline: 1/8/2018

Registration after Early Bird Deadline: $45

Registration Deadline: 1/15/2018

Register now on the Make a Mess with Watercolor Class Page.

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Last Chance for Trendy Cards for All Occasions 2018

Trendy Occasions 2018 Samples

Today is the last day to register for the Trendy Cards for All Occasions 2018 class.  This class is very popular and won’t be held again for a year.  Sign up now while there are two spaces left.

You can look forward to learning the newest techniques as well as try out the newest products from the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  The cards shown are not what you’ll be making–these are what we did last January!

Payment must be received by the deadline and made through PayPal on the link below the class description.  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

Date:   December 30, 2017

Time:   2:00 – 4:00pm

Place:   2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Registration:   $69.00 by TODAY

Click here for more details and to register on the Trendy Cards 2018 Occasions Class Page.

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What To Do If You Don’t Have a Color in Stampin‘ Blends

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What to do if you don’t have a color in Stampin’ BlendsI gave you a few tips in my article, What to Do Without Blendabilities.  The Blendabilities were the first release of alcohol markers, but they were discontinued due to manufacturing problems.  The problems have been corrected in the Stampin’ Blends Markers, but there are only twelve of the Stampin’ Up!® core colors in the first release.

If you want a different color in alcohol ink, you’ll need to make your own (until Stampin’ Up! releases more colors).  For this, you use a similar formula to the Ribbon Dye technique as I mentioned in my article, How to Use 1/4” Cotton Ribbon.

Start with a drop of alcohol and a drop or two of Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill in your choice of color.  At Christmas time, I really want Garden Green and Real Red.  If the color comes out too dark, you can lighten it with more alcohol or water.  Be careful not to dilute the mixture too much.

Alcohol ink stains permanently, so you won’t want to use a Blender Pen to color with because the tips will stain.  The Aqua Painters will work better, but could also stain unless you clean them off right away.  If you don’t mind the stains, go ahead and use these tools.  The color doesn’t tend to transfer.  Otherwise, use a plain watercolor brush.

This is how you make your own alcohol ink to color your images while you wait for the colors to appear in the Stampin’ Blends collection.  A note or call to Stampin’ Up! to add colors wouldn’t hurt.

Got a question about a product, technique or tool? E-mail me at mary@3amstamper.com or post your question in Comments. I’ll respond directly to your e-mail and post the answer here on www.3amStamper.com. If you need an answer right away, you may always contact my Help Desk at 3amstamperhelp@gmail.com.

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Thanks Love Note in an Analogous Scheme

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The Thanks Card is a 4” square Love Note and is the final design from the Color Me Happy Bundle, which includes the Color Me Happy Stamp Set and the Color Me Happy Project KitThe Bundle saves you 10%, by the way.   These are being offered especially for the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers.

Pool Party, a Tint from the Green-Blue/Blue-Green Color Group, and Night of Navy, the Shade of the Blue Color Group, form the Analogous Color Scheme.  The tiny bit of Pumpkin Pie, the Tone from the Orange Color Group, is too insignificant to be included in the Color Scheme, even for an Analogous Plus Scheme.

For coloring the large Thanks image, I started with the Dark Pool Party MarkerHowever, when I used either the Dark or Light Night of Navy Markers, I found I needed to use the Color Lifter to correct the Night of Navy enthusiasm streaks, then I had to go over the Pool Party areas again.  I also found the writing tip of the Marker leaves a thicker line than the brush tip, so coloring fine areas with the point of the brush tip works best.

I tried the Light Pumpkin Pie Marker to color the splash drops, but it didn’t look as good as with the Dark Pumpkin Pie MarkerThe brush tip was perfect to fill in the splash drops and the Color Lifter was terrific to move the color back inside the lines.

The Color Lifter is designed to let you move the “outside the lines” colors back into the stamped image.  It works well for camouflaging your coloring enthusiasm.  It also lifts color so you can create highlights without switching between Light and Dark colors.

The Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers made their debut in November, along with the Color Me Happy Bundle, which includes the Color Me Happy Stamp Set and the Color Me Happy Project KitThe Bundle saves you 10%.  You can see the contents of the bundle and the Stampin’ Blends collection on my All the Current Catalogs PageThe Color Me Happy Stamp Set, Project Kit and Bundle are only available while supplies last.

The Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection includes all the Stampin’ Blends colors plus the Color LifterThere isn’t a discount on the Collection, but all the Markers are together for convenience and include the most popular colors in the Stampin’ Up! palette.

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Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Thanks Card.

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So Happy For You Card in an Analogous Scheme

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The So Happy for You Card is the third design from the Color Me Happy Bundle, which includes the Color Me Happy Stamp Set and the Color Me Happy Project KitThe Bundle saves you 10%, by the way.   These are being offered especially for the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers.

The Analogous Color Scheme presents Rich Razzleberry, a Shade of the Violet-Red/Red-Violet Color Group, with Pink Pirouette, a Tint from the Red Color GroupThe Color Groups are side-by-side on the Color Wheel and in my Real Life Color Coach Charts, which makes the combination Analogous.

With Stampin’ Blends, it doesn’t matter if you start coloring with the Light or the Dark MarkersI found that when I colored with the Light Pink Pirouette Marker first, I had to go over it again to blend the colors after I’d applied the Dark Pink Pirouette Marker for the centers.  When I colored the centers first with the Dark Marker, then filled in with the Light Marker, it blended better with only one coloring.

Color Lifter TipThe Color Lifter works to move the “outside the lines” colors back into the stamped image and hide your coloring enthusiasm.  It also lifts color so you can make highlights.  Just don’t be so energetic that you fade out the color.  However, it does not lift the smears or action stamping from the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad.  Cover those up with sequins, glitter or ribbon… or a correction  tape or fluid that’s matte finish.

The Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers made their debut in November, along with the Color Me Happy Bundle, which includes the Color Me Happy Stamp Set and the Color Me Happy Project KitThe Bundle saves you 10%.  You can see the contents of the bundle and the Stampin’ Blends collection on my All the Current Catalogs Page.

The Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection includes all the Stampin’ Blends colors plus the Color LifterThere isn’t a discount on the Collection, but all the Markers are together for convenience and include the most popular colors.

Product Lists

Ink

Tools & Adhesive

Kits

Bundles

Real Life Color Coach LogoDid you know I have the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at 3amRLCC@gmail.com you may contact at any time?  And I will answer you directly via e-mail as well as posting the answers here.  The Hotline is perfect if you have questions about Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Analogous Color Schemes, creating color combinations for other cards or pages, the content of any of the Real Life Color Coach articles, or other crafting color-related issues.

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Celebrate Card with an Analogous Scheme

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The Celebrate Card is another from the Color Me Happy Stamp Set and Project Kit that are being offered especially for the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers The Analogous Color Plus Scheme features Night of Navy from the Blue Color Group, Pool Party from the Green-Blue/Blue-Green Color Group, and Pumpkin Pie from the Orange Color Group.

Night of Navy, the Shade of the Blue Color Group, is the main color of the cardPool Party, a Tint of the Green-Blue/Blue-Green Color Group, is the secondary color of the card.  These colors are Analogous to each otherPumpkin Pie is a Complementary Color to Night of Navy, but since it’s the accent color, it becomes the Plus to the Color Scheme.

I tried using the Light Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends Marker on the round lantern images, then accenting them with the Dark Pumpkin Pie Marker.  The blending didn’t work as well and the darker color spread over the whole image.  I used the Color Lifter Marker to try and blend, but it turned into highlights, which I liked better!

The Color Lifter is designed to let you move the “outside the lines” colors back into the stamped image.  It works well for camouflaging your coloring enthusiasm.  It works equally well to highlight the colored images.  I’d use it in preference to a Blender Pen because the alcohol ink will stain the pen tip even more than regular ink.

The Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers made their debut in November, along with the Color Me Happy Bundle, which includes the Color Me Happy Stamp Set and the Color Me Happy Project KitThe Bundle saves you 10%.  You can see the contents of the bundle and the Stampin’ Blends collection on my All the Current Catalogs Page

The Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection includes all the Stampin’ Blends colors plus the Color LifterThere isn’t a discount on the Collection, but all the Markers are together for convenience and include the most popular colors.

Product Lists

Ink

Tools & Adhesive

Kits

Bundles

Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150.  Just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article to order what you need to make your own Celebrate Card.

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Oh, Hello Card in a Split Complementary Scheme

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The Oh, Hello Card is from the Color Me Happy Stamp Set and Project Kit that are being offered especially for the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol MarkersThe Card is done in a Split Complementary Color Scheme for the Green-Blue/Blue-Green Color Group, which has the Split Complements of Red and Orange

The main color is Pink Pirouette, which is the Tint of the Red Color GroupThe bird on the left is colored with both the Light and Dark Pink Pirouette MarkersI applied the Light Marker first, then accented with the Dark MarkerHowever, you do not need to use Light first as you would with other Markers or Coloring Tools.

The companion Split Complementary Color is Pumpkin Pie, from the Orange Color GroupThe only places you’ll use this color is for the birds’ beaks and feet.  I only needed the Dark Pumpkin Pie Marker to accomplish this.

The contrast color is Pool Party, the Tint from the Green-Blue/Blue-Green Color Group I used the same coloring technique for the bird on the right, but with both the Light and Dark Pool Party Markers.

The alcohol markers will bleed through the card stock you’re using, so you may want to attach a mat after everything dries.  The Oh, Hello Card is a 4” square, which you’d want to keep as flat as possible because it’s non-mailable.  This means it won’t matter if the colors bleed through to the back.

The Envelope is Rich Razzleberry, a member of the Violet-Red Color Group which is Analogous to Red and makes the Color Scheme Split Complementary Plus.   The large sequins accenting the card are also Rich RazzleberryThis color is the Accent Color of the Scheme.

The Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers made their debut in November, along with the Color Me Happy Stamp Set and Project KitYou can see what they look like and their contents on my All the Current Catalogs PageThe Color Me Happy Bundle includes the stamp set and project kit and saves you 10%.

Product Lists

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Tools & Adhesive

Kits

Bundles

Real Life Color Coach LogoDid you know I have the Real Life Color Coach Hotline at 3amRLCC@gmail.com you may contact at any time?  And I will answer you directly via e-mail as well as posting the answers here.  The Hotline is perfect if you have questions about Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Split Complementary Color Schemes, creating color combinations for other cards or pages, the content of any of the Real Life Color Coach articles, or other crafting color-related issues.

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Trendy Occasions Class Early Bird Ends Today

Trendy Occasions 2018 Samples

 

Today is the last day to get the Early Bird Discount on the Trendy Cards for All Occasions 2018 class.  Tomorrow, registration is $69, but today you may still sign up for $59.

You can look forward to learning the newest techniques as well as try out the newest products from the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  The cards shown are not what you’ll be making–these are what we did last January!

Payment must be received by the deadline and made through PayPal on the link below the class description.  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

Date:   December 30, 2017

Time:   2:00 – 4:00pm

Place:   2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration: $59 by 12/11/2017

Registration:   $69.00 by 12/21/2017

Click here for more details and to register on the Trendy Cards 2018 Occasions Class Page.

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OMG-Free Shipping Today Only

Free Shipping Surprise

OMG there’s another Free Shipping offer from Stampin’ Up!®  Yes, this was a surprise!  Free Shipping never happens more than once a year, but it’s going on right now, through the rest of the day today!

Need to browse before you shop?  Look through my All the Current Catalogs Page.

Ready to shop?  Be sure to check the Year End Clearance Sale in my Online Store.

Remember, Free Shipping ends at 11:59pm Mountain Time, so shop now!

 

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Trendy Cards for All Occasions 2018

Trendy Occasions 2018 Samples

Create All Occasion Cards in the latest trendy colors and designs in this class.  Matching envelopes included.  You will learn the newest techniques as well as try out the newest products from the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  One such project is a really cool Pop-Up card.  The cards shown are not what you’ll be making–these are what we did last year!

Payment must be received by the deadline and made through PayPal on the link below the class description.  Class fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable after the deadline.

Date:   December 30, 2017

Time:   2:00 – 4:00pm

Place:   2305 Jose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Early Bird Registration: $59 by 12/11/2017

Registration:   $69.00 by 12/21/2017

Click here for more details and registration on the Trendy Cards 2018 Occasions Class Page.

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Stamparatus Second Chance

 

The last Stamparatus Reservation Window opens at 2pm Mountain Time today.  Get your Second Chance to pre-order the Stamparatus – one of the coolest tools ever!  The Window remains open through 12/30, then no more reservations will be taken.

This means that if you don’t reserve now, you will have to wait to order yours until the new Annual Catalog is released in June.

See more about the Stamparatus in yesterday’s post, New Stamparatus Reservation Window.

To make your Reservation, go to my blog and click on the “Order Online” button.  The front page of the store should show you a link to the Stamparatus Reservation. 

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New Stamparatus Reservation Window

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The New Stamparatus Reservation Window opens tomorrow, December 5th, and continues through December 30th.  This will be the only remaining Reservation Window and there will be no capacity ceiling this time.  Whoever reserves one will get one!  You can read more about it in my article, Stamparatus is the Answer.

You may only reserve one Stamparatus, instead of up to three.  Shipping of this round of cool tools will begin March 19, 2018 and will be first reserved, first shipped.  The shipping time allows for the manufacturer to construct enough to fill all the reservations.

I can’t wait to get my “paws” on this tool.  I could have used it during my class last week, as well as the rest of the time because I’m making duplicate cards.  It’s the time of year!

To make your Reservation, go to my blog and click on the “Order Online” button.  The front page of the store should show you a link to the Stamparatus Reservation You may start ordering at 2pm Mountain Time.

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Only Four More Great Projects Available

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You’ve missed the first eight projects in my 12 Weeks of Christmas e-mail campaign for 2017, but you can still receive the remaining four Holiday How-To’s!  Just sign up for my Mailing List now by filling out the form below before 12:50pm Pacific Time tomorrow.

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Free Shipping from Stampin’ Up! Today Only

2017 Free Shipping Poster

Free Shipping from Stampin’ Up!® today only!  It’s ONE DAY – today!  This is a totally rare offering from Stampin’ Up!, so it would be a great idea to take advantage of it!!  There’s no minimum requirement to receive your Free Shipping, too!

While you’re shopping, remember that today is also the last day for my FREE Holiday Gift Set Tutorial with a $50 purchase.  The tutorial is valued at $19.95 and will be available separately.

To order, click on the Order Online button in the right sidebar.  When I receive your qualifying order, I will send your tutorial right to your inbox, so be sure and give your best email address!  Your order will receive Free Shipping in any case!

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2017 Black Friday – Cyber Monday Special Is Underway!

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My 2017 Black Friday – Cyber Monday Special is underway!  You’ll receive a Holiday Gift Set Tutorial that is FREE with a $50 purchase through Monday, the 27th.  Pictured is a Gift Set from a previous class.  Your tutorial will be Holiday-themed.

You may combine Stampin’ Up! products and 3am Stamper products (excluding the Holiday Gift Set Tutorial) to qualify, if you wish.  The tutorial is valued at $19.95 and will be on sale separately after the Special ends.

My special ends at Midnight (Pacific Time) on Monday, the 27th.  Don’t forget to also take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza – the sale products count towards your $50, but Online Extravaganza ends on Sunday, the 26th.  There will be a Flash Sale on Monday, the 27th, so you may wait until then to order, but I wouldn’t hold off too long.

To order, click on the Order Online button in the right sidebar.  When I receive your qualifying order, I will send your tutorial right to your inbox, so be sure and give your best email address!

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