Hello and welcome aboard our Close To My Heart Share the Love Australasian Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Shaunna Ricahrds' Passionate About Pages, then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.
You can share the love this February by purchasing the exclusive My Acrylix® Share the Love D-size stamp set (CC1060). Filled with adorable icons and loveable sentiments, this stamp set will be a beautiful addition to your collection—but there is more to this stamp set than meets the eye! Not only will you be getting a high-quality, swoon-worthy stamp set by taking part in this promotion, but Close To My Heart will also donate $7 USD of the proceeds from this stamp set to Operation Smile™, an amazing organisation that provides life-saving surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children all over the world!
For this first card, I adhered a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of La Vie En Rose B&T Paper (black and white side) to a White Card. I then created an Ombré Wash on Watercolour Paper using my CTMH Watercolour Paints. This technique is currently all-the-rage in paper crafting. According to Wikipedia, 'Ombré describes the gradual blending of one color hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark' but in this case I went from a dark red, to a lighter red by adding more water to my paint as I moved down the paper. I'm still perfecting this technique, but I think it creates quite an interesting background for the stamped image of the typewriter. I stamped the typewriter in Black Memento Ink and the sentiment in Ruby, before cutting it out and adhering it to the Ombré washed paper (when it was dry), adhering it with 3-D Foam Tape. The sentiment at the bottom right of the card has been cut from a Zip Strip at the top of the La Vie En Rose B&T Paper and dovetailed on either end.
If you'd like to find out more about how to create this effective Ombré watercolour technique, i suggest that you watch a great video called Watercolour Cards: Ombré Technique by CTMH Consultant Katherine Skipper.
I used up some leftover strips of Kaleidoscope B&T Paper and Cardstock to create the second card. The telephone icon and the sentiments have been stamped on White Daisy Cardstock before being cut out with my Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors, clustered together and adhered using 3-D and Thin 3-D Foam Tape. I used ink colours Gypsy, Sunset and Pacifica for the sentiments as they are part of the Kaleidoscope colour palette. This was certainly a very quick and easy card to create.
For my final card, I used a simple background stamping technique, stamping the cute camera icon over and over again on a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of White Daisy Cardstock using Black Memento Ink. Don't you just love how the stamped images nestle so beautifully together to create this striking background?
I then mounted the White Daisy Cardstock onto a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Sunset Fundamentals Paper and adhered it to a White Card Base. After stamping the "you make me smile" sentiment in Sunset ink (to coordinate with the mat), I cut it out with my Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors and adhered it to the card front using 3-D Foam Tape. This is literally a five-minute card that is so fun to create. I can imagine a whole set of these in rainbow colours!
Thank you for visiting my Blog to check out my card projects featuring the exclusive stamp set Share The Love. I would love it if you would leave a comment below before you hop to the next stop on our Australasian Blog Hop, Mez's Craft Room, to see how Meryl has used this stamp set to create her own special project.