Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Gouache + Stitched Background: Simon Says Stamp's Botanical Split Background Cling Stamp



I feel as though background stamps are under-appreciated.  Or maybe that's just me.  I admired them from afar on other people's projects, but I was never sure if I wanted to make the investment in one.  But I now see how not only can background stamps enhance other striking focal point images, they can stand alone and shine in their own right.  This gorgeous new Botanical Split Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp is such a beauty and quickly earned its place as one of my favorite stamps.  


This ingenious stamp splits into three wavy shapes, allowing you to easily stamp the segments in different colors to achieve gradients or bold color changes on your projects.  I decided to keep mine together and make it shine on its own.  I stamped my image in light gray ink (Simon Says Stamp Fog ink is perfect) on light pink cardstock.  I then brought out my gouache paints and did some quick, simple painting over the stamped images.  Acrylic paint would also work beautifully for this.  This took me about an hour and was like doing a paint-by-number.  So relaxing! 




I die cut the CZ Design Hugs sentiment three times from 110# white cardstock, layered them together with liquid adhesive for dimension, and adhered the stacked sentiment to my card.  If you're familiar with my projects, you know that I love adding stitching for extra texture, interest, and handmade detail.  The little dots on the stamp were the perfect excuse to do some french knots.  I pulled out some white embroidery floss and got to knotting.  This process was, again, very methodical and relaxing.  Some little floral sequins with dots of Nuvo Drops finished this card.  




I may add a sentiment strip later when I know who the recipient of this card will be, but I love this card just as is.  I just love this background stamp, and I hope this project inspired you to give some pretty background stamps their moment in the sun.  :) 




Links to the products I used are below.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and I'll see you again soon!




Friday, February 19, 2021

Papertrey Ink's Ink to Paper Effortless Beauties and Feathered Friends 8: Soft Stamped Floral Card



Every once in a while, a stamp set comes along that you instantaneously fall in love with.  The new Effortless Beauties stamp set from Ink to Paper is just that for me.  It pairs so beautifully with the new Feathered Friends 8 dies that I couldn't wait to make this card project! 


I started this project by stamping my floral images.  I knew I wanted to achieve a soft, earthy color scheme, so I pulled out my Distress Oxide Inks and my much-ignored pigment inks so I could achieve soft color blends.  I used sponge daubers to pounce my colors onto my stamps, which allowed me to mix colors and achieve subtle blends.  I used these same colors to blend the die cuts of the sweet little bird before assembly. 



Before adhering my images, I ink blended some Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink onto a white cardstock base and onto a circle I die cut using the Love to Layer: Scalloped Circles dies.  I stamped my sentiment in the corner, arranged my florals around the circle in a loose configuration, and added a branch from the Tag Creations: Blooming Indulgence die set.  I decided I wanted my bird to have some dimension, so I die cut 3 more base layers and adhered them all together to create a thicker bird shape.  I adhered the bird into the center of the florals and added some gold watercolor splatters to finish this card. 




These floral images are so beautiful that I have two more projects planned, which I am currently chomping at the bit to make!  Links to the products I used are above.  I'll be back soon with these additional projects and I hope you'll stop by again to check them out.  Thanks so much for hanging with me through this amazing new release from Ink to Paper, and I hope you found some inspiration to create some fun new projects of your own!  



Papertrey Ink's Ink to Paper She Blooms Stamps and Dies: Creating a Feminine Floral Tulle Shaker Card



What a lovely new image from Ink to Paper!  Isn't this woman in her flowing floral dress just gorgeous?  This image was the inspiration for this feminine tulle shaker card, and I'm excited to share the process with you today! 


I was inspired by a piece of pretty patterned paper in selecting the colors of my card.  I stamped my main image onto white 110# cardstock, coloring it in with Copic markers in hues complimentary to the patterned paper.  After die cutting it with the coordinating dies, I created my base panel.  I created a panel by die cutting a white panel with the Cover Plate: Ornate die, affixing it to an 80# cardstock base.  I die cut an oval into this panel using the Geometrix: Oval dies then set about making my shaker panel.  I first attached a layer of tulle behind the window using double sided tape.  I sprinkled some white and iridescent confetti onto the tulle, and affixed another layer on top using more double sided adhesive to make sure it was extra secure.  I then used foam tape to pop this panel up, affixing it over my piece of floral patterned paper.  The confetti glides to effortlessly between the tulle layers... I just love these pretty, feminine shaker cards! 


All that was left to do was adhere my main image over the panel using liquid adhesive.  I stamped my sentiment onto a flag made from the same patterned paper and adhered it to the upper corner of my card.  




This is such an impactful image that creates the most beautiful cards.  I hope you enjoyed this project!  Links to the products I used are above.  I'll be back again today with one more project from this absolutely beautiful new release.  See you soon!  



Thursday, February 18, 2021

Papertrey Ink's Ink to Paper Cover Plate: Vines + Feathered Friends 8 Mini Stamp Set: Soft Inked Floral Card



How sweet is this little bird?  I can't get enough of these little Feathered Friends from Ink to Paper! 


I created this card by pairing the new Cover Plate: Vines (the perfect foliage backdrop to floral cards) with this cute little bird.  I die cut my Vines Cover Plate from white cardstock and adhered it to a panel of white cardstock to achieve a pretty tone-on-tone look.  I die cut the largest circle from the Love to Layer: Scalloped Circle dies and cut another smaller circle from the center, creating a circle frame.  I then used the same inner circle die to cut a circle from my foliage panel, creating a beautiful insert for my center focal circle frame.  After adhering this to the center of a white A2-sized cardstock panel, I stamped my bird using soft shades of Distress Oxide Inks, die cut it with the coordinating dies, and adhered it to the center of the circle. 




I then selected the Birthday Bouquet stamps and dies to create a pretty floral frame around my bird.  Again using Distress Oxide Inks, I stamped my images using sponge daubers to apply the colors to the stamps, allowing me to achieve soft blended looks.  I added some foliage from the Framing Florals stamps and dies, arranging all of my floral and foliage elements around the circle.  


I stamped my sentiments from the new effortless Beauties stamp set in the bottom corner and splattered my card with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Inks to finish this fun card project.  What fun this was to create!  Links to the products I used are above.  Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back soon with another cardmaking project from Ink to Paper's new release!  



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