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!