Hi guys, as I was telling some recently I have set up a challenge for myself to use every single item in my crafty stash before buying anything more. There is something a little different about me though, so not sure if this will work for each one of you – I am a creative design team member for Spellbinders, so I do get to work with their kits and other new products every month. So yes, I will be showcasing new stuff too, just trying not to make a purchase myself.
I want to
see how far I will go in experimenting with colors of cardstocks (especially those that I didn’t think were my style, but got them as part of card kits),
make sure I do make all those “ideas-before-ordering-something” come to life before I buy more things,
get creative with the supplies I already have. I have realized that working with constraints and limits often forces me to think out of the box.
Last year around thanksgiving, I had purchased the whole Time To Party bundle from Altenew at an amazing price. I had so many ideas for what I wanted to make with those supplies, but somehow life happened and the main stamp set sat on my desk until now. So I decided to work on fixing that :)
Here’s how I trick myself into using something that seems intimidating – instead of focusing on the big thing, I pick a small thing and start there. Just like in so many die cut cards of mine, I often make a simpler version of the card before getting outside the lines. Always works! With this bundle, instead of working on the whole thing, I decided to simply color a few images from the Celebrations stamp set. And that gave me two cards. I will share one of them here today and another one another time :)
Altenew Celebrations Stamp and Die set – for the bouquet
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
CZ Design Stamps and Dies Clean Line Everyday set – for the sentiment
Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Geometric Pattern background stamp
Hero Arts Nesting Circle Dies
Spellbinders Wonky Diamonds
Steps to create
Stamp bouquet image using Gina K Black Amalgam ink and color using Spectrum Noir markers. Die cut the image.
Stamp sentiment using same black ink and die cut.
Stamp card front with Barely Beige ink and Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Geometric Pattern background stamp. No need to stamp the center portion.
Cut out a circle using Hero Arts Circle dies to be slightly larger than the empty area on the background.
Dry emboss the circle using Wonky Diamonds folder.
Assembled and add individual pieces of hearts from Martha Stewart chunky glitter using multi medium matte.
(And just because you cannot leave it alone, add tiny dots of silver to the bouquet) :D
Hope you like this idea. I love how the embossed pattern and background stamp pattern almost match. Serendipity? :)
For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used for these cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!