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Today I would like to share with you some cards which features February SOTM – A Happy Hello which is available exclusively throughout February for NZ$33 or for just NZ$5 when you spend NZ$75. This stamp set is very versatile and you can mix and match the flower shapes together to make a lot of different flowers and shapes that would look great on cards and also to embellish scrapbook layouts.
As I said in my last post I have had a lot of fun making my own background papers and decided to use the backgrounds for this gorgeous stamp set. For further information on how I have achieved this background please visit here.
For this card I have used the pattern from Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 pattern 28 and turned it around on the side. I have used the Triangle Border Punch to cut the Cotton Candy cardstock and backed it with Canary cardstock with the Brushed diamond patterned paper helped to pull the two strong colours together. I have mixed and matched the shapes using the 1 1/4″ circle punch (in the while supplies last category) for the round shapes and fussy cut out the top pattern and the large flower on the bottom and used the thin foam tape for some dimension. The gold sequins finished off the flowers nicely. The sentiment is from the Artfully Sent Just a Note stamp set.
For this card I have used the ink and pearl paint background technique using Flaxen ink and I then stamped the stem with Desert Sand ink to show up. I have kept to a simple colour scheme with the rest of the cards – Flaxen and Canary on Colonial White cardstock. I found this to be quite a restful combination. For this particular car I have fussy cut all the images and layered them to create some flowers. The bow is left over from the Ariana complements and just fitted perfectly with this card. I have again used gold sequins for the centre of the flowers. The sentiment is from the Artfully Sent Just a Note stamp set. I used a small sentiment so as not to take away the attention from the flower.
I just had to use the large half circle stamp and here I have used it as a border and placed a flower in the centre of the middle shape. I love the tinge of Pixie ink on the top of the background paper and used a piece of Pixie cardstock to balance the colour scheme. You can see the slight pearlescent sheen on the background and to me the card resembles a lovely old fashioned brocade blind with a trim. I have finished the card with the sentiment from the A Happy Hello stamp set and some Glitter Gems.
For this card I have used another piece of Flaxen background paper and stamped the leaves as a background for the flower in Flaxen ink. For the base of the card I have edged a piece of Flaxen cardstock using the Chevron border punch and then embossed the bottom of the cardstock with the stripe embossing folder. There is a slit in the middle of the embossing folder to make it so much easier to partially embossing cardstock. Can you see a small piece of green patterned paper from the Hopscotch papers behind the punched border? I have fussy cut out the large flower and then using the 1 1/4″ circle punch I stamped the middle of the flower with the stitch stamp and flower stamp.
Finally for this card I used the Flaxen colour paper from the Whimsy Paper Fundamentals Paper Pack – this has two sides to the paper with one side being tone on tone and the other side being a pattern. Again I have used the same embossing and punching technique for the Flaxen cardstock and it looks great over the patterned paper and looks a little like a balustrade so I did some random patterns to create the effect of flowers in the front. The frame for the sentiment is from the Frame Flair stamp set and the sentiment is from Sincere Expressions. The butterfly is from the Your Own Kind of Wonderful. I have stamped the base of the butterfly with Canary ink and then using Flaxen ink I have used the outline butterfly stamp over the base. I fussy cut out the butterfly and then added some liquid glass to make it stand out.
The Happy Hello stamp is only available until 28 February from your CTMH consultant here. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, the very talented Shaunna’s Blog Passionate about Pages
Cardstock – White Daisy, Colonial White, Flaxen, Pixie, Canary
Papers – Whimsy Fundamentals, Hopscotch, Brushed
Inks – Flaxen, Pixie, Canary, Desert Sand
Stamps – A Happy Hello. Artfully Sent Just a Note, Sincere Expressions, Frame Flair, Your Own Kind of Wonderful
Punches – 1 1/4″ and 1″ circle punches, Chevron border punch, Triangle Border Punch
Embossing Folder – Stripe
Cricut Cartridge – Art Philosophy
Thin foam tape
Pearl Paint (NLA)