I have had this stamp set on my craft desk for quite a while now. I bought it because I absolutely loved every single card that I saw on Instagram that used this stamp image. I figured it was about time I gave it a go.
I started by black heat embossing the flower stamp onto a 4×5 1/4″ piece of Bristol paper (I used Bristol because I knew that I was going to be coloring with my Zig Clean Color markers). I then cut a mask out of masking paper to cover the bloom so that I could black heat emboss a few leaves. I really love heat embossing any image that I’m going to water color because the embossing keeps bleeding to a minimum.
I pulled out one blue, one yellow, two green Zig markers and my water brush and started coloring. That’s another thing that I love about Zig markers…you only need a few to get different shading and dimension. Once the flower and leaves were dry, I stamped the greeting from W Plus 9 Basic Banners stamp set with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink that matched the blue from the flower perfectly. I found a scrap piece of blue Bazzill card stock and mounted the flower piece on top and then attached it to an A2 card base made from Neenah Solar White 110# card stock. After stepping away for a bit, I decided that something just wasn’t quite right, so I pulled out a fine tip black marker and drew in the frame. That was exactly what it needed.
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I just had to buy the Warm & Feathered Hugs stamp set and dies from My Favorite Things. The images are simply adorable. This set has 3 owls that are dressed for winter, so I thought I’d better make some cards before the winter season is over.
I started by stamping the darling owl images onto Bristol paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink. My Zig brush markers hadn’t been used in a while, so I pulled those out to color the owls. After they dried, I die cut the owls using the matching dies.
The background was created by masking off the bottom left corner for my snow hill and ink blending the rest using Broken China, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxides. Using a black fine tip marker, I drew the hill edge and, once again, pulled out my Zig markers to give the snow a bit of definition with the light blue marker. I made a slight shadow for the owl/sled using some cool gray Copic markers. I heat embossed the sentiment from Hero Arts Made with Love stamp set. Before placing the owl on the card front with foam tape, I added some falling snow using a white gel pen. I die cut the card front with the Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die and attached it to a Neenah Solar White 110# A2 card base.
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I see poppies in Altenew’s Build a Flower Anemone stamp set. I guess you can make them any flower that you want, right?
After masking the large flower outline and leaves stamps multiple times (stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black), I colored them with Copic markers. After the Copic coloring was complete, I added just a bit of colored pencils to the flowers for some subtle detail. To give the flowers a bit of dimension, I simply outlined them with some cool gray Copic colors.
For the sentiment, I chose one from Technique Tuesday’s So Blessed stamp set and white heat embossed it onto a scrap of black card stock. For some added interest, I matted that piece onto a strip of paper from My Favorite Thing’s Black & White Stripe 6×6 paper pad and attached it to the floral piece.
To finish it off, I attached the floral piece onto a top folding A2 card base made from 110# Neenah Solar White card stock.
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Ever since Ellen Hutson came out with their S’Whale stamp set, I knew it was eventually going to be part of my stash. I just love the sentiments in it, but it was the whales that immediately caught my attention. Who doesn’t love some adorable whales, right?
For this card, I paired it with the Hero Arts Wave Background stamp. First, I cut my piece of Bristol paper using the Memory Box Stitched Rectangles Layers die. I’ve had the My Favorite Things Rectangle Peek a Boo Window die for forever, but I’ve never used it; so I thought I’d give it a try here. Once that was done, I placed it on my vertical, top folding A2 card base and lightly traced the window. After taping off the area around the penciled window, I white heat embossed that open space using my Hero Arts Waves Background stamp. The coloring was very simple. I used some Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers in various blue shades to create my ocean.
For the whale, I stamped it onto a scrap of Bristol paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink and colored with a few gray and blue Zig marker shades and my waterbrush. After fussy cutting it out, I started to put my card together.
I adhered the window piece onto my card base with foam tape, and then placed my whale in the window, again using foam tape. There are so many great sentiments in this stamp set, so I had trouble deciding which one to use. I never have enough thank you cards, so I settled on “Thanks a ton”. I white heat embossed it onto a piece of black card stock and placed it just below the window.
Once I had the card put together, I thought that it needed just a little more blue to balance it out a bit. I simply glued a strip of blue card stock to the bottom. I love it when I can use my paper scraps to finish a card.
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I just love this stamp set, and I seem to use it on every other card that I make. It is just that beautiful. I paired this stamp with some pretty bright Zig Clean Color markers. I usually am drawn to more pastel or muted colors, but I wanted to venture a little beyond my normal comfort zone.
I started by white heat embossing the floral image onto Bristol paper. I especially like doing this because it makes using a water brush much easier. I used several Zig Clean Color markers to paint the flowers and leaves. To highlight the floral image, I lightly water colored a gray background using marker 091.
Using Waffle Flower’s Lacy Layers, I die cut the floral piece (what an adorable scalloped edge 🙂 and attached it to a piece of yellow card stock that matched the yellow flowers perfectly. To give the card a little dimension, I used foam tape to adhere it to the purple polka dot card base. This card base comes from a Pebbles Cardmaking pad that is loaded with adorable bright colored card bases. All that was left, was the sentiment. I white heat embossed a sentiment from Altenew’s Penned Rose stamp set onto a scrap piece of black card stock.
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Let me start by saying that I’m not the best at watercoloring anything, but I just love using Distress Oxides and heat embossing to create some “easy to color” images. Anyone can color within the lines, right?
Here is my latest card…
I started by gold heat embossing and masking many times the rose from Altenew’s Penned Rose stamp set on a piece of Bristol paper. For the watercolors, I used Peacock Feathers and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides and a waterbrush. Once that was dry, I cut it on a diagonal to fit a top folding horizontal A2 card base. Before adhering it, I covered the whole card base with yellow paper that matched the yellow portions of my watercolor piece. I attached my diagonal watercolor portion, and added a happy birthday die cut using Lawn Fawn’s Happy Birthday Line Border die and the scrap from my watercolor piece. Because that scrap wasn’t long enough to cover the whole diagonal line, I simply cut the tail end after “birthday” off.
That’s all there was to it…a pretty simple and colorful birthday card.
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