Sunday, June 9, 2013

Joyful Stars June Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop.  I'm so happy you decided visit and hope that you get some great new ideas as you hop along.  If you have come from Elizabeth Mindemann's Blog, then you are on the right track.  This is our very first month and our theme  is "Anything Goes".  I made a Birthday card using the beautiful "Claire Paper Pack" and the "Girl's Rock" stamp set.

This card is a version of the pattern "Cubes and Colors" on page 11 of the "Originals" Card Confidence Book.

ABOVE:  Start with a Colonial White card base. This card uses a technique called "second generation" stamping to make the background.   Ink the medium flower image with Sorbet Ink and stamp it onto scrap paper first, then onto the card base. The image will be lighter on the card base.  This creates a soft muted background that will not compete with our focal image.  If you stamp both first and second generation images on the same project, it will create depth and shades of the same color. Use this technique to create your own "designer paper"!  Concentrate the stamping in the center of the card. The background paper will cover both edges.                                                                                           
BELOW:  Then ink the small flower in Outdoor Denim Ink and use the same technique.  Just fill in open spots and be sure to stamp some half on and half off the card.

Next you will work on the card borders.  Cut a strip of background paper 1 1/2" wide.  Cut a strip of Outdoor Denim cardstock 1/2" wide.  Adhere the Outdoor Denim strip under the patter strip leaving about 1/8" showing.
Adhere the strips along both the top and bottom edges.

This is the Girl’s Rock Stamp Set.  Take a look at the plastic carrier sheet that holds the stamps.  Notice the word “Art Philosophy” at the bottom right.  This indicates the images with the solid outline can be cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  If you like flowers, this is the perfect stamp set and cartridge for you.  No more cutting out flowers!  You will notice the size and page number next to each cuttable image.  This makes it so easy to find the image on your cartridge and tells you the size to cut the image to fit the stamp.  After you cut the image, just ink up the stamp and stamp the images.  How easy is that?

 Cut the images shown and then ink them as follows:  Stamp the large colonial white flower using Sorbet Ink.  Stamp the small flower and leaves using Outdoor Denim ink.  

 It is so easy to add color with Close To My Heart coordinating stamps.

Using 1/2" circle punch, punch out the center of one of the flowers on the reverse side of the background and texture paper.
Layer the stamped flower pieces together.

 Add mounting tape to the back of the large stamped flower and adhere to the sorbet flower.

Add completed flower and leaves to card front as desired.  For a little added dimension, add liquid glass to the flower center.  Allow to dry for 3 - 4 hours.

 Stamp the sentiment inside and second generation flower images to coordinate with the the card front.

Stamp your envelope with both first and second generation flowers.  You can even coordinate the postage stamp.  Right now, these beautiful Vintage Seed Packet stamps are available at the Post Office.

Now hop on over to  Jean Murphy's Blog to see her beautiful artwork.
Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Great reminder to stamp images inside and on envelopes! So happy to be blogging with you on this hop.

  2. This card is so pretty. Definitely will be pinning it to recreate. Also, I love that you did the inside of the card. I never do that for some reason, but I really should consider it. I love how it looks!

  3. Thanks for the detailed tutorial! I love how you stamped the card and planned your envelope. Thanks for sharing!

  4. WOW! This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing the steps with us. I am so glad be part of this month blog hop with you, Betty! You are very creative :D

    (Helen Gullett)

  5. Beautiful card Betty. My least favorite paper and stamp set but now I'm having second thoughts.

  6. Very pretty card and I love the step by step photo tutorial. Great job!

  7. Claire is one of my favorite paper packs...and it will be retiring soon! Love your card, and your great tutorial! Thanks for your inspiration Betty! :)

  8. Love the stamped background and your uses of the paper to create that flower! Great card!!

  9. really nice card - and easy to understand tutorial - thanks!

  10. Great job Betty!!! Awesome that you provided such step by step instructions! And you get extra points for doing the envelope too!!!

  11. What a pretty card Betty and your tutorial is awesome. I enjoy stamping the envelope to match the card and adding images to the inside and back of the card.

  12. Such a pretty card! I love how you stamped the paper and then put everything together. The tutorial is wonderful as well.