Hi everyone! I am SO excited to be the June Guest Designer for Paper Smooches! Join me each Wednesday this month for new inspiration using stamps and dies from their June Release!
Have you ever had a card design in your head that just haunted you? LOL You know, the one that seems so perfect and beautiful in you mind that you just can't wait to get into your craft room and create it?! Well, this was one of those cards…but it haunted me in that it took several tries to get it JUST RIGHT!!! I'm not going to lie, the Botanicals 3 stamp set was probably my most challenging as it is a filled stamped with nothing to color!!! Yikes, me, not color?! ;) So, it was time to pull out my favorite colored inks, the Tsukineko Memento Luxe ink pads. I love these ink pads because they are so vibrant and rich. I stamped one of the big flowers and 3 of the smaller flowers in a diagonal from the bottom left to the upper right with different inks. Then, I did a bit of masking to stamp the leaves in to fill the white space.
Next, I outlined the stamping with a marker and sponged the edges in Tsukineko Memento Ink in Toffee Crunch. I placed my Happy Birthday Word Die diagonally across the stamping and ran it through my die cutting machine. Then I ran it three more times on plain white card stock. I layered all the pieces and placed them in the negative space that remained on my main image panel. I love the look of popping up your word die like this!!! Seriously, it was WORTH the effort to make such an elegant statement card. I had been wanting to try it for a long time and I am so glad I did.
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Paper Smooches (Botanicals 3, Happy Birthday Word Die)
Tsukineko Memento Luxe Ink (Radiant Neon Electric Blue, Rhubarb Stalk, Pear Tart, Expresso Truffle, Love Letter)
Recollections Glitter Enamel Dots
May Arts Gold & White Twine
Scotch ATG Adhesive