Sunday, March 25, 2018

Wonderful World, Part 1

In late February, kind reader Janet sent me a stamp with a line from one of my favorite songs: Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World. I finally had a chance to play with it and will share some the cards that resulted.

The stamp is a sentiment arranged in a rather large circle, which presents certain design challenges. For my first card, I used the stamp in the easiest way possible...centered on a square card.

To start, I heat embossed the stamp on a large scrap of card stock and inked the scrap with four shades of Tim Holtz distress ink (tumbled glass, shaded lilac, spun sugar, and squeezed lemonade).

After inking, I used a Creative Memories circle cutter to trim the piece. Then, I added the butterflies with bling to match the color of the paper they are on. The butterflies break up the symmetry of the card, adding interest and movement.

These spring colors made me very happy on the day I made this card. We got snow that day.

Many thanks to Janet for this lovely stamp. I can't wait to show you the other cards it inspired!

I'd also like to thank reader Carol D. today. She sent a batch of lovely cards for Karen's Card Shop. Here are a few of them.

Look at this gorgeous watercoloring!

Beautiful gold foil and baby blue

Love this loose and fun design!

Gorgeous, feminine card with fantastic details

Close-up of these layered beauties.

Carol sent me a bookmark that's already
in use. 

Many thanks to Carol for sharing her talent and generosity with our church. Stampers are the BEST!

Mercy, grace, peace, and love,

stamps: Serendipity stamps
ink: VersaMark; Tim Holtz distress inks
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: clear embossing powder, Tim Holtz inking tool, Creative Memories circle cutter, Martha Stewart butterfly punches, rhinestones, Sharpies for coloring rhinestones


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