Thursday, March 31, 2011

April Stamp of the Month - Blessed

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month Bloghop!  This is where over 50 Close To My Heart consultants show you their creations using one stamp set - the Stamp of the Month.  It happens every month, and you can click from blog to blog until you go around in a big circle.  It's wonderful to see everyone's ideas.  I hope you are inspired today!

This month's stamp set is called Blessed (D1455) and you can only get it during the month of April.  You can buy it ($22.95) or get a discount on it (25%, 50% or 75%) or even get it for FREE with your qualifying order!  Yippee!

If you've arrived here from Melissa's Blog, you've come to the right place!  Here's what the set looks like, in case you haven't seen it yet.

It's a lovely stamp set - perfect for weddings and other joyful occasions.  I wanted to use the small flowers as a background stamp.  Here's my "tries" :

First I tried white embossing powder on white card stock, sponged with Chocolate ink.  I like it, but it's kind of dark.

Then I tried white embossing powder on Spring Iris card stock.  I like this better.

Then I tried Silver embossing powder on Spring Iris card stock.  I really like the look of this, but my flowers are too close together.  (I love CTMH's silver embossing powder.  It melts so nicely!)

Spring Iris stamp pad on Spring Iris paper.  I like the look of this.
I added glittery gel pen to the stems of the flowers.  It adds a subtle sparkle.
Now that I've decided on the background, onto the "main subject."  I like the flying dove.  With Grey Wool ink, I stamped the dove on two separate pieces of White Daisy card stock.  I prefer not to use Black ink most of the time for outline stamps.  I usually use a coordinating dark color - in this case, Grey Wool.  It's not as intense as Black.  Then I cut out the bird with the swirlies.  On the second stamped bird, I stamped the "inside" of the bird with Lilac Mist, and cut it out.  I also went over all the Grey Wool lines on the white papers with the glitter gel pen, so they sparkle a bit.  I cut the wing, so I could bend it up, like so:

Now, to put it together.  I used a square sparkle to add a little more shine...  Here's the finished card:

It's simple, but elegant in a way.  My daughter loved it.  I hope you like it, too.

Supplies Used:
Blessed (April Stamp of the Month) (D1455, $22.95)
Spring Iris Card Stock (1296, $9.50 for 24 sheets)
Spring Iris Stamp Pad (Z2148, $5.25)
Grey Wool Stamp Pad (Z2125, $5.25)
Lilac Mist Stamp Pad (Z2133, $5.25)
Clear Sparkle Gel Pen (I like Gelly Roll Brand)
Clear Sparkles (Z1104, $2.95)

I also tried the stamp set with the new Miracle paper pack.  To color the flower, I stamped the flower head on a scratch paper, cut a stencil, and used Baby Pink and a Sponge Dauber.  (I didn't feel like coloring it in.)  It's hard to see in the picture, though.

Supplies Used:
Blessed (D1455, $22.95)
Miracle Paper Pack (X7133B, $12.95)
Crystal Blue Card Stock (1292, $9.50 for 24 sheets)
Sweet Leaf Card Stock (in Miracle Pack)
Sweet Leaf Stamp Pad (Z2153, $5.25)
Twilight Stamp Pad (Z2160, $5.25)
Baby Pink Stamp Pad (Z2102, $5.25)
Blending Pen (3174, $3.95)
Clear Sparkles (Z1104, $2.95)

This is a great stamp set for weddings or other joyous occasions.  Let me know if you'd like to get a set for your very own.

 Now hop on over to Katy's Blog to see what she has in store for you!



Love your creations! So pretty!


Gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing all the embossing.


I really like what you did with the dove's wing and I especially like your tip about not using black ink...really never thought about it before. I'll have to try a lighter ink next time. :)


Very Pretty!!!


I like all 3 of your versions and your last one is gorgeous! I also love your Miracles one!!

Tammy Lea Pinchard

Very nice projects! Thanks for sharing all of your "tries" too, it was nice to see all the different versions of what you tried out!

Sheila Bennett

Nice work. And I really like the white embossing with the chocolate. Hope you use it to make something else. :)

Vickie Tagatz

Pretty cards!


Beautiful cards, and I especially enjoyed seeing your design process! Thank you.

Susan Brooks - The Closet Stamper

Love your creations - the Miracle paper is wonderful wit this stamp set. TFS!

Annette Green

Gorgeous card with the embossing. Love how that turned out!

Haley D.

Very pretty cards! I like the "try, try again" method! ;)