Sending Love & Healing Hugs

Healing Hugs is a such a beautiful Distinktive stamp set. I love so many things about it, from the gorgeous fonts to the detailed images. The leaves in particular are stunning. But I have struggled to achieve a contemporary look when using the rose stamp.

I challenged myself to create a set of cards using this stamp set that was both pretty and contemporary,

I’m usually a fan of bold colours as you know, but for this challenge I decided to pare things back, and I chose an alternative rainbow palette using Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Lemon Lime Twist, Coastal Cabana & Highland Heather. I also stamped my rose image off once to achieve a softer hue.

I added black leaves for a less traditional take, and a black mat layer to make the coloured roses stand out even more.

My sentiment comes from Floral Frames and I will be so sad to see this stamp set go next month. ‘Sending Love’ is such an easy sentiment to use, and I love the cool font used in this set.

These cards have made me fall in love with this stamp set again and I’m excited to see what else I can challenge myself to create with it next! xx

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Blended Seasons Rainbow Leaves

Everyone knows I love a rainbow, and when I saw the flurry of leaves stamp in this set, I immediately knew I wanted to make some rainbow leaves!

I used a spectrum of watercolour pencils and an aqua painter to achieve this effect.

The green watercolour pencil I used is lemon lime twist, and I nabbed it from my Lots of Happy card kit!

My black accent leaf was die cut from sparkle glimmer paper and coloured using a basic black blend pen. This is a brand new blend colour which will be available in the new holiday catalogue when it goes live on September 5th!

Love love love the Blended Seasons bundle – remember to purchase it by 31st August before it’s gone for good! xxx

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Sea of Textures

I adore all sea life so was drawn to this cute little octopus in the Annual Catalogue.  The Sea of Textures Bundle is just gorgeous and the intricacy of the octopus die is amazing!

I used sponge daubers to transfer the ink to the back of my stamp, and distressed the edges of my cardstock to create a kind of frame.  I focused the colour in mainly one area of the card, and kept a lot of white space around it so that the overall effect was all about the rainbow.  Think this octopus is just beautiful and can’t wait to do this again using different colour families.

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Hearts Come Home – sneak peek

Hearts Come Home is one of the many beautiful new stamp sets in the Autumn/Winter catty which goes live on Friday! As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to do the Bokeh technique. 

I started off by randomly daubering my colours (as pictured – crushed curry, cherry cobbler, pumpkin pie, pacific point & berry burst) onto my base cardstock until I had a rainbow effect on my card.  Cherry Cobbler is such a great Christmas colour, I knew that had to be incorporated somehow! 

Next I cut a selection of different sized circles out of a piece of window sheet, using the Layering Circles Dies to create a template. I then used a sponge dauber to apply white stazon ink  to the template until I was left with different sized white circles over the rainbow background. The effect is more beautiful if the intensity of the white changes from circle to circle. The finished card pictured shows the beautiful result of the ‘bokeh’ technique.

My black images were stamped in black stazon ink. When stamping black over the white, it can be a bit tricky to achieve a sharp image so it’s best to let your cardstock dry overnight before you stamp over it.

Remember this gorgeous new stamp set will be available to purchase from the new Autumn/Winter catalogue from Friday 1st September and you can purchase it here at my online shop! 

Moon Baby

I just adore the Moon Baby stamp set.  It’s the perfect set for a new baby card and the family I was sending this card to have a love for anything rainbow.  So I knew I wanted to create my rainbow backdrop with the Watercolor Wash background stamp.  I used sponge daubers to ink the back of my stamp with all the brights – melon mambo, bermuda bay, daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, rich razzleberry and pacific point.  I wanted softer, even colour on the baby image so used the fabulous watercolour pencils.  These pencils are amazing – in fact I’m hoping that Stampin’ Up! will eventually produce them in all the colours!  I heat embossed my sentiment from Milestone Moments and mounted my card front on a melon mambo mat for a bright, beautiful finish.