Welcome back! I hope you have all had a great start to 2018. Have you made some resolutions? I have decided that 2018 is my year to be motivated and get things done. I have always had a bad habit of letting other's needs put my dreams on hold and my resolution for the year is to start putting some the things I want to accomplish first, like this blog. I love crafting and my goal for sometime has been to get a successful blog up and running again. I hope you will continue to stop by and follow the progress. Maybe you'll even get a little inspiration along the way.
On to today's cards! These cards were inspired by Yana Smakula who is a great designer. If you’ve never checked out her blog or YouTube channel be sure to give it a look by clicking her name. She does wonderful tutorials and designs.
For my cards I used a lot of W Plus 9 stamps. All the images are from Southern Summer Florals 1 & 2 and Feathers & Florals stamp sets. I used sentiments from those sets as well as a few other W Plus 9 sets. I knew I wanted to make several cards in different colors so I started out by picking 3 or 4 shades of the same color for each card and also a green (ish) for the leaves.
I began my stamping with the largest flower images and then worked my way down to the smallest. I didn’t do any masking, since all of the inks are from the same color family I just layered them over one another. It didn't seem to matter what order I stamped them in, but I did try to start out with the lighter shades. A lot of these images were pretty solid so I used my Misti Stamping Tool and stamped multiple times for each to make sure I got good impressions.
I used the accent center stamps for each flower and heat embossed them in gold to add some texture and a pop of metallic. The leaves in the blue and the purple cards did not have accent stamps so I used a Ranger embossing marker to trace their stems and heat emboss the gold on them.
I trimmed each piece differently depending on how I wanted to attach them to my cards bases. All of them started as standard A2 sized pieces of cardstock. I left the pink one at that size and just adhered it to a card base. The blue I trimmed a 1/4 of an inch off each side so that it would have a small border when adhered to the card base. The purple card I had to trim down several times to get the area for my sentiment centered how I wanted it. I cut a slightly larger piece of teal cardstock to layer the stamped piece on and then adhered it to my card base.
To finish it all off I stamped my images using the Misti to get a super black and crisp impression. I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and thanks for stopping by. Be sure to hop over to my Instagram @lifeofacraftydiva for more card ideas and inspiration. See you again soon! XO ~ Amy